West Ham United managed to get a well-deserved draw against Manchester City last weekend. They now face an even tougher test as they face up against Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side this weekend.
There is the slight issue of who will start up front due to Michail Antonio suffering an injury – Sebastien Haller seems the most likely option as he is their only other proper centre-forward.
Despite only scoring eight goals in the Premier League since he arrived last summer, Klopp has praised the Frenchman. He said: “Haller played an incredible season at Frankfurt, good, quick, physical, brilliant in the air. They have options. Some smart business in the last 18 months. All starting to click.”
Despite only playing 50 minutes of Premier League football this season, Haller looks likely to get his first start of the season against the Reds. If he can replicate form from that season in Germany, where he managed 15 goals and nine assists, the Irons could have a real star on their hands.
Since coming to England he has been very inconsistent, but Klopp’s Bundesliga expertise seems to suggest there is a real player in there, and the Liverpool gaffer will hope for his sake that player doesn’t arrive on Saturday.
Here is how West Ham fans reacted to Klopp following his comments:
Jurgen Klopp: "Antonio has been sensational so far. They will miss him, doesn't help [West Ham]. Haller played an incredible season at Frankfurt, good, quick, physical, brilliant in the air. They have options. Some smart business in the last 18 months. All starting to click."
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) October 30, 2020
The reality is, Haller is techincally good, but neither quick or as physical as he should be for his size. In the air he fails to impress again due to his inability to out jump a dwarf, I admire Klopp but he hasn’t been in the German League for 4 years so is out of touch.
— West Ham Pub Talk (@WHUFCpubtalk) October 30, 2020
The fact that he says about Haller having a great season at Frankfurt proves how badly its gone for him at WHU
— ⚒Grimmer⚒ (@grimmer1895) October 30, 2020
Why on earth would Klopp give Haller a huge boost in confidence the day before the game. Makes no sense, regardless of his soft spot for the bundesliga
— WHUgameday (@WHUgameday) October 30, 2020
Klipperty is no fool https://t.co/MsyxOcj9YT
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) October 30, 2020
Klopp knows ball what a surprise https://t.co/UEZmSxNZsU
— 🃏 (@_ghzst) October 30, 2020
Yep Klopp is spot on. Problem is we have never played for Haller’s strengths and utilised him properly. Chance now for Moyes to do so and he can show what he is capable of, quick reminder Haller is our top goalscorer in all comps this season so far. https://t.co/qDbvBFkc2a
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) October 30, 2020
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