Carl Jenkinson set for West Ham home debut

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On-loan Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson could be set to make his home debut for West Ham on Saturday when they take on Liverpool.

Jenkinson, who has been out for six weeks with a hamstring injury, made his first Premier League appearance for the Hammers in their 2-2 draw against Hull on Monday.

He was brought on for the final quarter of the match in a bid to regain some match sharpness and now the 22-year-old is excited and ready to make his first start at the weekend.

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Eager to impress

“I'd love to make my home debut this weekend. Liverpool is a massive game and you want to be involved in matches like that. I've just got to work hard in training and then it's up to the gaffer if he thinks I'm fit enough,” Jenkinson said on his blog for the official club website.

The defender clearly wants to help the Hammers achieve their goals this season and impress Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the process to try and convince him that he has a future at the Emirates.

“Over the season I want to show people what I can do and have a strong year for myself and more importantly for West Ham United.”

Good timing

West Ham are yet to pick up a single point at home this season but the club are eager to make amends with the fans by beating a stuttering Liverpool side.

The Reds have won two and lost two in their opening four matches, including a surprise home defeat against Aston Villa last week, so Jenkinson believes it’s a good time for the Irons to face them.

“We know it's not going to be an easy game because Liverpool are a top team, but it is important that we get off the mark at home,” the defender said.

“They've had a couple of slips lately and I think it's fair to say that they're not flying yet, so maybe it's a good time to play them. We did well the other night, so if we can keep that momentum going and take that into Saturday then I'm sure we'll do very well.”

Liverpool returned to UEFA Champions League action in midweek, too, scraping a 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.

This result will not exactly fill the side with confidence, as it took a last minute Steven Gerrard penalty to rescue them from dropping points against a team they were expected to beat comfortably.

Key man

The Hammers are yet to keep a clean sheet this season as a result of some sloppy mistakes and defensive blunders.

However, Jenkinson’s inclusion may go some way to shoring up the back line. He would give them some much needed pace down the right-side as Guy Demel can often be caught out in the speed department, especially when coming up against the likes of Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet themselves this term and the attacking thrust and width that Jenkinson will bring from the full-back position could pay dividends.

Demel’s final product against Hull was disappointing to say the least but Jenkinson loves to get forward and can put good deliveries into the box, and with the possibility of two strikers playing up front to get on the end of them he could prove to be a massive thorn in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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