LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM

first_imgLIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET,CLYNE SKRTEL, LOVREN, GOMEZ,MILNER, LUCAS, CAN,FIRMINO, BENTEKE, COUTINHOWEST HAM (4-3-1-2)SAKHO, PAYET, NOLAN,KOUYATE, OBIANG, NOBLE, CRESSWELL, OGBONNA, TOMKINS, REID, RANDOLPHLiverpool have yet to concede a goal this season and have gone a total of 274 minutes since they last let a goal in. They started last season in a similar vein with three straight wins and no goals conceded and, on Monday, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was unbeaten in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal.However, they have scored only two goals so far, the joint fewest in the division – with seven other clubs.Nethertheless, it is a good start for Brendan Rodgers and his men, who travel to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United in their next Barclays Premier League fixture.Before then they face a West Han United side that has struggled after the impressive opening day win at Arsenal. Since they the Hammers have lost successive home games, against early pace-setters Leicester and newcomers AFC Bournemouth.Indeed, the record books suggest another Liverpool victory. West Ham have never won at Anfield in 19 Premier League visits, losing 14 and drawing five.They last won there in the league in September 1963 in the old First Division; since that rare victory, 52 years ago, West Ham have lost 31 and drawn 11.last_img read more

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Germany ‘keeper Neuer makes first start for eight months

first_imgTwo weeks before Germany begin their World Cup campaign in Russia, Germany head coach Joachim Loew has named the Bayern goalkeeper in the starting side — 259 days after his last match for his club.Loew has to cut his 27-man squad to 23 by Monday and the match against Austria is Neuer’s only chance to prove his fitness before the World Cup finals.Neuer has not played since fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.He last played for the national team in October 2016.If he is selected for the final World Cup squad, Neuer will have the opportunity to play a last friendly match on June 8 in Leverkusen against Saudi Arabia.Germany kick off their title defence on June 17 in Moscow against Mexico. They also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.Meanwhile, Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, the surprise inclusion in Loew’s 27-man group, will make his international debut against Austria.Senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos are rested.Team line-ups:Austria:Joerg Siebenhandl – Stefan Lainer, Sebastian Proedl, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger – Peter Zulj, Julian Baumgartlinger, Florian Grillitsch – Alessandro Schoepf, David Alaba – Marko ArnautovicGermany:Manuel Neuer – Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Suele, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector – Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan – Julian Brandt, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane – Nils Petersen0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer makes a welcome return for Germany after a long spell out with a foot injury © AFP / JOE KLAMARKLAGENFURT, Austria, Jun 2 – After eight months sidelined by a fractured foot, Manuel Neuer made his return from injury on Saturday when Germany took on Austria in a rain-hit World Cup warm-up match.Heavy rain in Klagenfurt meant kick-off had to be pushed back from the original 1800 (1600 GMT) start and the game finally got underway at 1940 local time.last_img read more

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