Liverpool travel to West Ham on Sunday. Who will come out on top in this massive Premier League encounter?
Liverpool will be seeking to keep the pressure on English Premier League (EPL) leaders Chelsea when they travel to London to meet West Ham United on Sunday evening.
David Moyes’ outfit strolled to a 4-1 success over Aston Villa in their most recent EPL battle, while Jürgen Klopp’s Reds could only manage a 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Merseyside club head into Sunday’s game on the back of a four-game winning streak against West Ham, and there has always been plenty of goals in this fixture, with Liverpool scoring 29 in their last 10 top-flight meetings with the capital club.
Nikola Vlašić and Andriy Yarmolenko both missed West Ham’s midweek draw against Genk through injury and remain doubtful for this contest.
Moyes did not report any fresh concerns from the Europa League stalemate and is set to recall Kurt Zouma and Ben Johnson to the Hammers’ defence this weekend.
Pablo Fornals, Tomáš Souček, and Jarrod Bowen should also reclaim their places in the starting XI, with Manuel Lanzini, and Congolese defender Arthur Masuaku all set to start on the bench.
As for Liverpool, Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino sustained a “serious” hamstring injury in midweek, while Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez are out with an eye injury and calf problem respectively.
Jones’s absence adds to Liverpool’s midfield crisis with James Milner, Naby Keita, and Harvey Elliot also on the treatment tables. However, Thiago Alcantra and Fabinho are both fit to start, as is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Andy Robertson and Ibrahima Konaté should both get recalls to the backline this weekend, while Mohamed Salah is aiming to become the first player to score in his side’s first six league matches of the EPL season away from home, having already matched Thierry Henry’s record of five.
This is a match between two attacking sides and it should be a great game. However, we predict that Liverpool will triumph 3-1 in the end!