When Liverpool hosts West Ham United in the Premier League on Wednesday, they will be looking to build on their impressive victory against the Sky Blues.
Liverpool vs West Ham United: Preview
A lot of people questioned if Liverpool’s 7-1 thrashing of Rangers at Ibrox in the Champions League was a sign that the Reds were returning to their best form. And it appears that they have answers now after Jurgen Klopp’s team handed Man City their first loss of the season on Sunday at Anfield.
With 14 minutes left in regulation, Mohamed Salah, who at Ibrox recorded the quickest hat-trick in Champions League history, executed a stunning move of Alisson Becker’s long kick forwards to twist Joao Cancelo in behind before deftly putting the ball over the charging Ederson in the back of the nets.
In a similar occurrence earlier in the frenzied second half, the Man City goalkeeper denied the Egypt winger. The visitors also had Phil Foden’s goal written off courtesy of Erling Haaland’s foul on Fabinho in the build-up.
Given the amount of work, Liverpool had to put into the game in order to win all three points, playing West Ham only 72 hours later may not be the worst time for the Hammers to visit Anfield. But Klopp will be determined to make sure those performance levels do not eventually wind up being a one-off after a challenging start to the season.
When it comes to history, the scousers only have lost 1 out of their 49 league games at Anfield against West ham. And it was way back in 2015. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 28 home games in the Premier League. And Klopp is looking forward to increasing that number.
Despite calling attention to Salah being denied a foul despite the match-winning player’s shirt being clearly pulled by Bernardo Silva, the German has gotten a one-match touchline ban for the time being.
The Football Association (FA) wants to further investigate the incident before taking any further action against the Liverpool boss.
Meanwhile, West Ham dominated the bulk of the game at St. Mary’s. However, David Moyes was upset that his team was unable to defeat Southampton on Sunday and earn all three points.
Moyes will fully anticipate a very different game on Wednesday at Anfield. His team is likely to play considerably deeper and often give up possession of the ball, but he will aim to surprise the Reds.
Diogo Jota’s calf injury forced him to be stretchered off during injury time. It dealt Liverpool a severe setback in the final minutes of their victory over Man City. Early signs suggest that the 25-year-old may be in a battle against time to be ready for Portugal’s World Cup appearance next month.
Luis Diaz’s knee injury has already sidelined him till the New Year. Therefore, Darwin Nunez may get the start on the left flank in attack alongside Roberto Firmino and Salah.
Joel Matip, Arthur Melo, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still out injured. But Klopp is hopeful that Ibrahima Konate will be ready to play this weekend after the French defender missed a late fitness test.
The predicted line-up
Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Elliott, Salah, Nunez, Firmino
What Anfield Home predicts
Liverpool 3-1 West Ham
Given the effort Jurgen Klopp’s team put in to defeat Man City over the weekend, we anticipate West Ham to make things difficult for the hosts on Wednesday. However, both the offensive threats and the defensive depth are aiming to recover. And the scousers are hungry for a long winning streak.