Tonight sees West Ham United make the trip to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side who appear to have turned a corner, having emerged victorious against Premier League champions Manchester City last time out.
As if the task of taking down Jurgen Klopp’s side wasn’t a big enough ask, David Moyes is now facing further long-term injury dilemma in what has been one of the themes of the season for the Hammers in this campaign.
What’s the latest?
Taking to media duties ahead of the clash on Merseyside, Moyes issued an update on the fitness of his squad and began with an unfortunate revelation regarding defensive duo Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma.
Speaking to the media, as per West Ham’s official website, the 59-year-old said: “Kurt has done a little bit of training but we don’t know if he’ll be right yet. Craig Dawson we’re not sure about, so not much change from where we were on Sunday.”
Disaster on defensive duo
With both Dawson and Zouma still not right after their respective injuries, Moyes finds himself in yet another conundrum. A lack of cover at the back has forced the 59-year-old into a formation change, as could be seen with the three-at-the-back system against Southampton last time out.
It was a game which saw primary full-backs Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell join summer signing Thilo Kehrer at the back to comprise a makeshift central defensive trio.
In fairness, it’s a system which saw the Irons generate 25 shots against Southampton and could well be a blessing in disguise for them against Liverpool, with this setup playing into their counterattacking strengths.
Long-term, though, it is clear that further reinforcements are needed in central defence, with Dawson and Zouma still remaining big misses at a hectic stage in the season given the lack of natural cover.