Wounded Liverpool will be hosting West Ham in a late clash on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s men lost to a Ryan Fraser-inspired Bournemouth last week and they will be looking to get back on track when the hammers come calling on Sunday. This is their second loss in the premier league this season and they will hope to respond like they did when they were beaten at Burnley in August. A 4-1 win against defending champion Leicester city and an eleven-match unbeaten run followed that loss.
The hammers boast a good record against the reds in recent times though. Liverpool have only won once and also had the same amount of draw in the last six meetings against the Londoners. The hammers did a premier league double against the reds last season, the first time in 52 years. West Ham also stopped Liverpool run in the FA cup last season when an extra time header by Angelo Ogbonna dumped them out of the cup.
West Ham’s form in the premier league this season will be a boost for Jurgen Klopp’s men though. Slave Bilic’s men have won only one of their last six matches and three wins all season. The Croatian tactician is under pressure after his team were humbled 5-1 at home last week. Key players have been lost to injuries this season and many were unavailable for that game. Meanwhile, some of the players have returned to training and the manager will be asking for a reaction to that defeat from his players, the same demand Jurgen Klopp will be asking from his own team.
Liverpool will welcome Adam Lallana and Joel Matip back into the starting eleven. Lallana could only make the bench last week after returning from a groin injury but Matip missed the game due to an ankle problem. The Cameroonian was back in training midweek and will be a big boost for Liverpool. The reds will also be able to field Mane who limped off in the second half of last week’s game. Coutinho, Ings and Sturridge remain unavailable.
West Ham were without nine players last week but Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio are back. Kouyate, Sakho, Byram, Calleri and Collins are still treat hamstring problems. Tore and Oxford are out with thigh and ankle injuries respectively.
West Ham secure their first league double over Liverpool last season since the 1963/64 season.
The hammers’ win at Liverpool ended a run 42 league visits without a win.
Liverpool’s defeat against Bournemouth ended a run of eleven unbeaten games.
West Ham have have not win any of their last five league games, losing three and drawing two.