By Pete Hanson

24th Sep, 2023 | 1:06pm

Mohammed Kudus on the bench as nine changes made - Confirmed West Ham XI v Liverpool

David Moyes has made nine changes to his West Ham starting line-up to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday (24 September).

Having played nearly an entirely different XI for the 3-1 Europa League victory against Backa Topola on Thursday (21 September), Moyes has reverted to type by going back to the same starting XI that lost 3-1 to Manchester City last time out in the Premier League.

That meant that Mohammed Kudus – who scored against Topola – was only named among the substitutes, with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, James Ward-Prowse and Michail Antonio starting in the attacking positions.

Announcing the side on their official Twitter account, Alphonse Areola returned in goal, with a back four of Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and Emerson Palmieri, while Edson Alvarez and Tomas Soucek got the nod in the centre of midfield.

Big test

West Ham have made an impressive start to the season but the difference in levels between the top clubs and the chasing pack was (eventually) exposed last time out in the Premier League when champions Manchester City earned a 3-1 win to end the Hammers’ unbeaten Premier League start.

David Moyes made several changes for their Europa League opener against Backa Topola, which saw West Ham get back to winning ways in a comeback 3-1 victory.

Liverpool represent an altogether different task than the Serbian side, with Jurgen Klopp’s side yet to taste defeat in the top flight so far this season.

West Ham have not won at Anfield in the league since August 2015 but they should face the trip with no fear knowing full well they have the tools to hurt a Liverpool side who, for all their talent, still have some defensive deficiencies.

If West Ham can get a result at a notoriously difficult stadium to get points at then it could act as a launchpad to try and break their way into those sides dining at the top table.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are reportedly looking at a January move for PSG star Ousmane Dembele.