Nayef Aguerd to be axed at West Ham United for Konstantinos Mavropanos after Liverpool gaff to infuriate David Moyes
Nayef Aguerd’s latest high-profile error is likely to lose him his West Ham starting position in favour of new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos.
After the first-quarter of an hour at Anfield on Sunday (24 September) the Moroccan international tripped Mohamed Salah in the box to give away an indisputable penalty, which the Egyptian got up to score.
It wasted a strong start to the game from the visitors, where Tomas Soucek was only kept out by an excellent Alisson save before the Czech turned provider to give Michail Antonio another guilt-edged change he badly miscued.
Moyes was already unhappy with Aguerd after his missed header last weekend let Julian Alvarez in to score as Manchester City inflicted the Irons’ first defeat of the campaign.
With Mavropanos brought in from Bayer Leverkusen this summer under advice of Tim Steidten, and now having made his debut in the Europa Conference League after recovering from the injury he arrived with, it is about time for Moyes turned to him, and maybe as early as the interval at Anfield after another key error from Aguerd.
The centre-back was also sent off in the win against Chelsea earlier this season, and Roshane Thomas reported for The Athletic in the past week (20 September) that he was at risk of losing his place if he didn’t cut out the mistakes, so yet another one giving his side a mountain to climb on Merseyside is likely the last straw for his manager.
Aguerd had chances to leave this summer but rejected interest from Saudi Arabia, and on his day is a high-quality option for West Ham.
But his inconsistent form to start the season is starting to hurt his side’s prospects, and with Moyes and Steidten going to some lengths to bring in a new option at the position this summer it is bound to be time for a change.
The Irons have a rough record at Anfield so the last thing they needed was to hand Salah the opener on a plate, but unfortunately Aguerd did just that and could be set for a spell on the bench as a result, even if Jarrod Bowen has wrenched his side back into it.