West Ham have had arguably one of the most productive transfer windows out of all the Premier League clubs.
The Hammers have signed seven players from front to back, increasing the squad depth and first-team quality available to new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Both Issa Diop (£22million) and Felipe Anderson (£36million) broke the club’s previous record signing, promising the fans that better times are to come at the London Stadium.
To kick the new season off, West Ham travel to Anfield to face a Liverpool side who have considerably strengthened over the course of the past few months.
Naby Keïta and Fabinho will make it difficult for the Hammers to dominate the midfield, while new boy Alisson will be eager to impress in goal for the Reds.
Without further ado, here is how we predict West Ham will line-up on Sunday afternoon.
GK - Łukasz Fabiański
Fabiański certainly looks to be a smart signing for the Hammers, with the Poland international joining from Swansea on a £7million deal.
Along with Adrián, Fabiański is one of just two senior goalkeepers at the London Stadium, and as arguably the better one of the two, the former Arsenal man edges the position between the sticks.
RB - Ryan Fredericks
While Pellegrini could opt to go with Pablo Zabaleta, a player he is all too familiar with, Fredericks seems like the more viable option.
Quicker and more athletic at a much younger age, the signing from Fulham is likely to man the right flank of defence.
CB - Issa Diop
The third new signing in West Ham’s line-up, the 21-year old Frenchman perfectly suits Pellegrini’s style of play.
However, facing off against Liverpools dynamic trio could be deemed too tough a task to bed Diop into English football, so Declan Rice in his place wouldn’t be too surprising.
CB - Angelo Ogbonna
With an otherwise young defensive line, Ogbonna is expected to start as the experienced man to marshal the Hammers defence.
While Rice *could* start alongside Diop, that would leave a very young pairing to deal with Sadio Mané, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino. A daunting task.
LB - Arthur Masuaku
Either Masuaku or Aaron Cresswell could start for the Hammers, and while the latter would be the more defensively sound option, I feel West Ham will look to attack Liverpool.
Masuaku has more pace and natural offensive threat down the left-hand side, and so should start.
RW - Felipe Anderson
West Ham’s record signing, it isn’t hard to predict Felipe Anderson starts. The Brazilian will want to make an impression, and will be viewed by the Hammers as their talisman to drag the club forward.
CM - Mark Noble
West Ham’s captain, Noble will surely occupy the first of two midfield spots.
CM - Jack Wilshere
West Ham’s creative spark, Wilshere will be expected to link play and provide the magic touch needed to set the forwards loose.
Providing he can remain fit, Wilshere looks likely to be a mainstay in the Hammers’ set-up.
LW - Andriy Yarmolenko
The third new member of West Ham’s new look midfield, the Ukrainian winger will look to utilise space and drift inward, which will make him a valuable asset going forward.
ST - Javier Hernandez
With Pellegrini expressing his desire to play with two strikers up front, Hernandez will look to kick-on from what was in reality a relatively disappointing first season at the London Stadium.
ST - Marko Arnautović
West Ham’s best player, so not surprise there.