Liverpool will be confident of victory over West HamReuters

Liverpool have got off to a great start in the English Premier League this season, and Brendan Rodgers will want to maintain that momentum when they host West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds put on a pretty good first half showing against Arsenal, and if not for a couple of spectacular saves from Petr Cech, they just might have come away from the Emirates with all three points, instead of just the one.

However, while Liverpool could not pick up a victory against Arsenal, it was their best performance of the season, even if they went into that match on the back of a couple of 1-0 victories.

The success in this early part of the season has been built on defence, with Liverpool yet to concede a single goal, and another clean sheet is what Rodgers will have in mind, because he knows there are enough quality attacking players in his squad to find a goal or two against West Ham, especially at home.

"We've put in extra work and extra focus on [defending], we're doing extra sessions in every aspect of our defending," Rodgers said when asked about how the improvement at the back has come about, after an iffy defensive campaign last season. "Both in terms of in the game from static positions, moving positions, and our setpieces as well.

"We're putting in an awful lot of work into that organisation. I think it's one of the things I picked up on last season, we brought in a lot of new players into a system [and] we felt they were coming in with a profile [and] could maybe settle into it quickly.

"But the learning aspect from that was that we needed to do more on [the defensive] front this season and that's something we've done.

"The coaches have been outstanding in their support of that and the players are just making sure they're clear in terms of their role and responsibility, first and foremost without the ball, and then with the ball."

After the impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal, West Ham have been brought back down to earth, with Leicester City and Bournemouth handing defeats to Slaven Bilic's men. Bouncing back from those disappointments will be the primary motive for West Ham, and having slayed one big team already this season, they will have their sights on doing the same to another.

"The last two results have been disappointing for us and it is not going to be easy for us playing at Anfield," West Ham midfielder Mark Noble wrote in his column for the club's official website. "They have had a great start to the season but we are a good team and we will take a lot of confidence from our opening away win over Arsenal.

"Performing at Liverpool is a great place to play and the chance for the new boys to show what they can do and hopefully we can come away with some points. I know the record is not good for us at Anfield [West Ham haven't won at Liverpool's home ground for over half a century] but that has to be broken at some point and there is no reason why that cannot be on Saturday."

Team news: Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge is back in training, but Rodgers, understandably, will not rush the striker back to first-team action. Jon Flanagan and Joe Allen remain sidelined, while Adam Lallana will also miss out, with skipper Jordan Henderson a doubt as well.

West Ham: Joey O'Brien, Mauro Zarate, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are ruled out, while Carl Jenkinson and Adrian will also sit out through suspension.

Where to Watch Live

Watch the Highlights of the Arsenal vs Newcastle Match HERE

Liverpool vs West Ham is scheduled for a 3 pm BST (7.30 pm IST, 10 am ET) start. Star Sports 2 will provide live coverage of the match, while the action can also be watched via live streaming online on Hotstar and

Audience in the US can catch all the action live on NBC Sports, while the game can also be live streamed on NBC Live Extra.

Viewers in Australia can watch the live on Fox Sports, with the live stream options on Fox Sports EPL and Foxtel Play.

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