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Report shares real reason for Arthur Masuaku’s absence vs Liverpool

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Report shares real reason for Arthur Masuaku’s absence vs Liverpool

Many West Ham United supporters were intrigued to see Arthur Masuaku missing from David Moyes’ 18-man squad for the visit to Liverpool on Monday.

The full-back turned out against Manchester City last week and came through the game at Etihad unscathed.

Masuaku did endure a tough outing against the current Premier League title holders, with Bernando Silva giving the DR Congo international the runaround for a lot of the match.

(Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Following the announcement of Moyes’ squad to face Liverpool, speculation was rife that Masuaku had been dropped by Scot.

The 26-year-old struggled against City, but he’s also drawn criticism quite a few times in recent weeks.

It turns out, though, that Masuaku was in fact not axed in a show of ruthlessness by Moyes – he actually missed out through illness according to football.london.

 

Despite not feeling up to playing, £40,000-a-week man Masuaku (Spotrac) was present at Anfield to support his teammates.

TBR’s view – Masuaku facing battle to regain place

Masuaku’s illness saw Moyes deploy a traditional flat back four at Anfield, with Aaron Cresswell shifting back out to left-back.

The Englishman has, in recent times, been operating as a left-sided centre-half, but found himself back in a more familiar role against the Reds.

(Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Despite conceding three goals – and the level of opposition must be taken into account – the system appeared much better for West Ham.

The performance was admirable from the Hammers, and against any other side they might have come away with a point or more.

Masuaku will now have to bust a gut in training to regain his starting berth, because Cresswell has surely now jumped ahead of him in the pecking order.

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