When Liverpool take on West Ham United this weekend a few Reds players with have something to prove.
Liverpool take on West Ham United on Saturday with Brendan Rodgers’ side keen to get back to winning ways domestically after slipping to a shock 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out.
More recently Liverpool secured an unconvincing 2-1 win against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League and some of their players will know they have to step up against a Hammers side who impressed in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Hull City.
Here are three Liverpool players with a point to prove when they take to the field this weekend:
Mario Balotelli scored his first Liverpool goal in mid-week, but he has a long way to go before he can prove he is an able replacement for the departed Luis Suarez.
Of course the two players are very different, but the Italian has been brought in to replace the goals scored for fun by the Uruguayan last season, and that means the former AC Milan player needs to go on a goal-scoring run.
Having scored against the Bulgarian champions he must continue that form against the Hammers, because with Daniel Sturridge recovering from injury, the buck stops with the £16million man.
Many people will say the England international has nothing to prove, and yet Raheem Sterling failed to break down Ludogorets or change the game against Villa when brought off the bench.
This is the season many expected the teenager to go from prodigy to superstar and that certainly looked the case in the opening games of the campaign. However, Sterling must be consistent and that means dominating games like the one this weekend.
He, rather than Balotelli, could easily fill the gap left by Suarez in terms of innate ability, so let’s see it week in, week out.
The Croatian centre-back was brought into the Reds’ back-line to add the stability that was missing last season. He has started the season relatively well but he has openly admitted his upset after allowing Gabriel Agbonlahor to score the only goal of the game last weekend.
After conceding another goal that almost led to an almighty shock on Tuesday, Lovren will want to prove he can marshal the Liverpool defence in the face of the impressive Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, both of whom found the net last time out.