Slaven Bilic offers injury update and says West Ham will aim to exploit Liverpool weaknesses

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic addressed the media ahead of West Ham's trip to Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has said that Diafra Sakho should be available for this weekend's trip to Liverpool, while former striker Andy Carroll will return to training with the first team.

There were suggestions earlier on in the week that the Hammers were suffering from something of a crisis up front but they should be able to field at least one recognised forward. 

As reported on West Ham's official website, ahead of this weekend's trip to Anfield, the Hammers boss said: "We are hoping Diafra will be available for Saturday. He's felt a little stiffness in his groin but it is not major.

"For Saturday, up front we have a few injuries and we have limited options. It looks like Sakho is going to be ok for Liverpool.

"Today Andy Carroll is going to train with us and he's improving. He's injury free, it's only a matter of fitness now to get him back."

Bilic said it looks as though Carroll could return to first team action after the international break but the news of another forward getting closer to returning to the side will be welcome for the Hammers. 

After an initially strong start to the season when they overcame Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend, Bilic's side has had two disappointing results at home against Leicester City and Bournemouth, two sides they feel they should be beating but have come away from the games empty handed. 

This weekend they face a Liverpool side that has taken seven points from their opening three games, and have yet to concede a goal, but Bilic did say they face a side that has their weaknesses.

He added: "I'm expecting a tough game, of course. Liverpool have started well. They haven't conceded any goals and they've had good results.

"They have quality in every department and are dangerous up front. They also have their weaknesses which we want to exploit." 

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