Liverpool vs West Ham
| Saturday, February 24th |
Premier League | Anfield
3PM GMT/10AM EST
Liverpool are the Premier League’s in form team and have taken 19 points from their last eight matches. The Reds are on a 15-match unbeaten run at home (since April 2017) in the Premier League and after their Champions League masterclass 10 days ago as well as training in Marbella, they should be raring to do the PL double over the Hammers.
West Ham are unbeaten at Liverpool in their last three visits, however they have only recorded one win at Anfield (in August 2015) in 48 games, having lost 33 and drawn 14. West Ham have suffered most of their top tier defeats on Merseyside, having lost to Everton 61 times and 60 times to Liverpool, and David Moyes has never beaten Liverpool at Anfield - having drawn seven and lost seven competitive matches in 14 attempts.
Jürgen Klopp has lost 17 Premier League matches thus far as Liverpool manager to teams averaging in 12th place on the table, which is where West Ham currently find themselves. Liverpool are currently in third place with 54 points, with United on 56 points in second place and Chelsea on 53 points in fourth.
Mohamed Salah is averaging a goal or an assist every 64 minutes in Premier League matches at Anfield so far this season with 11 goals and five assists.
Michail Antonio has scored for the Hammers in three out of four matches against Liverpool, in all competitions. Since David Moyes took the helm at West Ham, Marko Arnautovic has had his hand (or foot) in 10 Premier League goals (7 goals, 3 assists), which is more than any other West Ham player.
Projected Line-Up (4-3-3)
Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mané, Salah, Firmino
Nathaniel Clyne is back in full training but may not feature just yet, having only recently returned from his long-term lumbar woes.
Manuel Lanzini has recovered from his hamstring strain and Winston Reid is back as well. Arthur Masauka is currently serving a suspension, Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes are both out with ankle injuries and Pedro Obiang remains unavailable due to a knee injury.
What the managers had to say
Jürgen Klopp: What I want is that we are really ready for this game tomorrow. They will defend a little bit deeper, probably, and we need an atmosphere that is ready for that as well. It’s nothing decided this season, we are in a good position but a good position only gives you the basis for the next few games and now we have to use it as a group - players, coaches, manager and crowd. We need to be ready for a difficult game tomorrow.
David Moyes: It’s a tough game, but we’re in a good run of form ourselves. It will not be easy to stop Mané, Salah and Firmino. We will try to contain them - they have other players of course but those three can create on their own. We’ll go there and hope that with the players we have in our team we will cause them problems as well.
Referee: Stuart Atwell
Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
Kickoff is set for 3PM GMT/10AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live match day thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.