The Redmen TV – Match Preview: West Ham United vs Liverpool

Boleyn Ground

17:30, Saturday

Match Preview:

Both West Ham United and Liverpool sit somewhat dissatisfied in mid-table as they prepare for Saturday night’s meeting at the Boleyn Ground – just 2 points separate the sides after four league matches. The hosts were unfortunate to lose to a late goal at home to rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day, but a victory away to Crystal Palace and a draw away to Hull City, either side of a home defeat to Southampton, helped them to 4 points and Sam Allardyce’s new signings have impressed at this early stage. Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Southampton at home on the opening day and enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Spurs prior to the international break – the visitors lost away to Manchester City and home to Aston Villa either side of that early high, however, and the Villa result, in particular, determines that a potentially strong start is now viewed as rather lacklustre. West Ham should be the fresher of the two sides, with Liverpool suffering with a few injuries and having also made their Champions League return midweek, but there’s a sense that there should be more to come from both sides and their new signings as we enter autumn. Though Liverpool have decent recent record, West Ham always make this a difficult fixture – a draw will do little to ease concerns amongst either fanbase and both sets of supporters could feel very disappointed with their start to the season by Saturday night.

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Opposition XI:

Ahead of Saturday evening’s meeting, The Redmen TV spoke with supporter and friend of the show Dan Kirkby – thanks to Dan for providing his insight:

You’ve been comfortably mid-table since promotion in 2012, but isn’t it fair to say that you’re not the happiest fanbase?

Dan: “Well from a personal perspective the only gripe I have with the club right now is the manager, although as gripes go that’s a pretty big one. There was a poll jointly organised by a load of different West Ham websites a few months back, and out of 12,000 + respondents around three quarters wanted him gone – So I think it’s fair to say that I’m in the majority!

In the interests of fairness I have heard some fans who are actually very vocal in their support for him. I think it basically comes down to the old romantics like me (who’d rather get relegated playing beautifully) vs the pragmatists who’d like to stay in the division at all costs, particularly until we move to Stratford.”

To many neutrals, you’re probably one of a set including Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Sunderland, that should be achieving more – where do you, as a West Ham United supporter, aspire for your club to be?

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