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Liverpool vs. West Ham: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool during the pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Torino at Anfield on August 7, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool start their 2018/19 Premier League campaign at home to West Ham United on Sunday.

The Reds finished fourth in the league last season and will be hoping to challenge Manchester City for the title this year.

As for the Irons, they finished 13th, but there is renewed optimism surrounding the club after they appointed Manuel Pellegrini as manager and enjoyed a busy summer transfer window.

Per OddsShark, Liverpool are the favourites at 23-100. The Hammers, meanwhile, are 23-2 to pick up a surprise win at Anfield. A draw comes in at 24-5.

                      

Date: Sunday, August 12

Time: 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET

TV: Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)

                  

Liverpool got much of their business done early, with Naby Keita's capture secured last year and Fabinho signed in May. Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in before the end of the FIFA World Cup following Switzerland's exit from the competition.

Football journalist Leanne Prescott was pleased with the players the Reds snapped up:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Feeling very positive heading into the new season. Klopp has targeted the key weaknesses within the side, bringing in players that not only add quality but fit seamlessly into the fluent, transitional style of play he uses.

Liverpool writer Joel Rabinowitz is particularly enamoured with their new-look midfield:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

This midfield combination has a really nice balance to it. Fabinho anchoring, allowing Keita & Wijnaldum the freedom to burst forward and link up with the attack. Would like to see this trio start vs West Ham on Sunday.

The trio may well start on Sunday given Jordan Henderson's late return to the squad for pre-season following his exertions with England at the World Cup.

Their energy and creativity will give the Hammers plenty to think about, and the visitors will already be concerned with shutting down the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

It's something West Ham have struggled with in recent years, as they've shipped four goals in each of their past three meetings with the Reds.

They will hope to fare better this time, though, given the summer they have had, which the Guardian's Jacob Steinberg summarised:

Jacob Steinberg @JacobSteinberg

In January West Ham missed out on Leander Dendoncker and signed Jordan Hugill. In March fans protested against the board. This summer #whufc have appointed Manuel Pellegrini, signed 10 players and broken their transfer record. Bit of a turnaround.

With an excellent manager in charge and the squad strengthened, the Hammers will at least be hoping for a top-half finish this year.

The squad will take time to jell after the recruitment of so many new faces, and they'll have a difficult test here, but the first weekend of the season can throw up some surprise results.

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