An explanation for the shock absence of Declan Rice from the West Ham United squad set to take on Liverpool on Saturday evening has been provided.
Ahead of his side's crunch showdown with the title-chasing Reds, David Moyes made official his latest matchday panel a short time ago.
One alarming absence, however, came in the form of the aforementioned Rice, a player who would no doubt have proven so crucial to any hopes on the part of West Ham of departing Merseyside with something to show for their efforts this evening:
An explanation for the Irons' midfield lynchpin missing out at Anfield, though, has since been provided.
As confirmed by a number of reliable sources, including Premier League injury analyst Ben Dinnery, Rice has come down with a bout of illness, ruling him out of the action on Saturday:
Even with their star midfielder fit and available, West Ham, of course, would have headed into proceedings as heavy underdogs to secure any form of return up against a rampant Liverpool outfit this evening.
Jurgen Klopp's troops are currently in the midst of an 11-game winning streak across all competitions, a stretch which includes a penalty shootout downing of Chelsea last weekend en route to lifting the Carabao Cup.
Should West Ham, though, go on to defy the odds and bring an end to Liverpool's remarkable form courtesy of a 3-point haul at Anfield, then the capital outfit will, at least temporarily, climb clear of Manchester United and back into the Premier League's top-4.
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