18 July 2024

JUST NOW:Jurgen Klopp singles out ‘super’ West Ham midfield pair ahead of Anfield showdown.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised James Ward-Prowse and Lucas Paqueta as “super” players ahead of the West Ham United trip to Anfield.

 

As quoted by BBC Sport (22 September), the German expressed his happiness for David Moyes and shared his excitement for the “project” in Stratford.

The Hammers take the trip to Merseyside on Sunday (24 September) in hopes of a rare three points against the Reds, with Klopp singling out the midfield duo as top players for the club.Klopp said: “So many extremely strong opponents and West Ham are one of them. It’s a really exciting project and I am really happy for David [Moyes].

 

“Even with Declan Rice out, they look really good. Ward-Prowse was a super signing, and Paqueta is not a new signing but he is a super player.”

West Ham will be keen for an upset on Sunday in hopes of continuing their exceptional start to the Premier League season.

 

Spoiling Manchester City’s perfect start proved a hill too steep for Moyes last weekend but with Liverpool’s often unpredictable performances, the boss will hope his counter-attacking tactics can outwit Klopp.

 

In a different world, Paqueta could have been facing West Ham in the City clash. However, his move to the Etihad never came to fruition but Klopp certainly understands why Pep Guardiola is a fan of the Brazilian.

Ward-Prowse has been at the heart of much of West Ham’s success since his arrival, staking his claim in the midfield with five assists and 2 goals in all competitions this season.

The London Stadium faithful would have to cast their minds all the way back to the summer of 2015 to reminisce on their last triumph at Anfield, but with just one win in their last 14 top-flight encounters, few will be betting on a Hammers victory [11v11].

 

Ward-Prowse and Paqueta will have to be on top form if they are to break the curse against the Reds, but Liverpool have often looked shaky in defence and have relied on late goals to get points this season, so a solid defensive performance could be enough to take something back to London.

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