Goalkeeper Loris Karius is still a newcomer to the Premier League but even he has already been able to identify a tactic commonly used against Liverpool.
All eyes will be on the 23-year-old following his costly error in the recent defeat to Bournemouth with Jurgen Klopp set to keep his faith in the German.
Karius will be out to prove doubters wrong in this weekend’s contest and has outlined a specific approach that he expects West Ham to take.
He told the Daily Mail: “I’m sure there will a lot of crosses this weekend with Andy Carroll up front. For some teams, that is the biggest chance they have against us.”
“You just have to stay calm and make the right decisions. The first few games I struggled but after that I felt really comfortable.”
“You can’t expect help from the referees and it’s the same for us all.”
Teams coming to Anfield and targeting us with a bombardment of crosses and lofted balls into the box doesn’t strike many as a surprise anymore.
It is all well and good coming into a game against us with this plan, but it’s a different thing keeping the ball away from our players long enough to put it into action.
The return of defender Joel Matip will be crucial in giving Karius help when it comes to combating West Ham’s aerial threat.
He has been the subject of some extremely harsh criticism this week but we are confident that the former Mainz shot-stopper will eventually go on to find his feet at Liverpool.