Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield after their morale-boosting triumph over Manchester City when they play hosts to West Ham United on Wednesday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds inflicted City’s first defeat of the season at Anfield in an enthralling tie filled with drama, controversies, and poise.
Alisson’s long forward pass fell kindly for Mohamed Salah, who turned Joao Cancelo before beating the onrushing Ederson with a delicate chip.
The Egyptian winger had been denied by City’s shot-stopper in a similar fashion earlier in a frantic second half that also saw Phil Foden’s goal ruled out after VAR spotted a foul by Erling Braut Haaland on Fabinho in the build-up.
Klopp is under review by the Football Association after reacting angrily to Salah being denied a foul despite the match-winner clearly having his shirt pulled by Bernardo Silva.
It remains to be seen if the 55-year-old will be allowed on the touchline when the Hammers storm Anfield.
Liverpool have been out-of-sorts so far this season, but four wins in their last six games in all competitions (D1, L1) suggest they are slowly but steadily returning to their old selves.
However, their newfound form does not bode well for the visiting West Ham, who will have to face Klopp’s fired-up Red machines just 72 hours after suffering a setback against Southampton.
The Hammers saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an abrupt end at the Saint Mary’s Stadium as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men battled to a 1-1 draw.
West Ham trailed their opponents for almost 45 minutes after Romain Perraud opened the scoring in the 20th minute, with Jarrod Bowen controversially obstructed by referee Peter Bankes in the build-up.
Declan Rice levelled matters shortly after the hour mark with an excellent strike from outside the box. But Said Benrahma and Gianluca Scamacca squandered opportunities to snatch a win late in the game.
David Moyes was left frustrated by his side’s failure to secure maximum points, having dominated the majority of the contest with the Hammers amassing a total of 25 shots, alongside 61% possession and 14 corners.
Moyes knows his side may not get to enjoy domination on Wednesday evening as they head into a ground where the Scottish coach has failed to win in 17 league games (D6, L11).
Ending City’s unbeaten start to the season could provide Klopp and his team the confidence they need as they look to climb up the log from their appalling eight-placed standing.
Champions League places do not look far off now as they are now six points away from Chelsea, who occupy fourth place, and a string of results starting with Wednesday’s visitors will be monumental in closing the gap with the top four.
Since losing six home games in a row between January and March 2021, Liverpool have rebuilt Anfield into the fortress it once was and are unbeaten in their last 28 league games on home soil (W21 D7). They have scored 72 goals in that run while conceding just 16.
After levelling Steven Gerrard for the most Premier League goals scored at Anfield (69), Salah will be looking to find the back of the net in successive league games for the first time this season while gunning for Robbie Fowler’s record (85).
West Ham could provide the former Roma striker the opportunity to achieve his feat, as Salah has scored nine goals in ten Premier League appearances against them.
The Egyptian could become the seventh different player to reach double figures against the Hammers in the competition and the first player to do so for Liverpool.
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The draw with Southampton means West Ham are not as far away from the relegation zone as they would like, with just three points separating them from last weekend’s hosts.
Their next hosts will strike fear into their hearts despite a slender difference in points and places, as they have only won one of their last 49 league visits to Anfield (D12, L36).
West Ham’s appalling away record also offers little to the chances they stand on Wednesday evening as they have won just two of their last 13 league games on the road (D2 L9).
The Hammers have also won just one of their last 12 league meetings with Liverpool (D2 L9), with the win coming in a 3-2 home triumph last season.
However, Moyes’ side can draw inspiration from the fact that they were just one of the two clubs to inflict defeat on the Reds last season.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Predicted Line-ups
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Fabio Carvalho; Darwin Nunez.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Thilo Kehrer, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Thomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
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Liverpool vs West Ham United Prediction
The mood in the Liverpool camp will be one filled with positivity after the win against City. While West Ham are not of the same Calibre as Pep Guardiola’s men, they will also prove a difficult test for the Reds.
It remains to be seen if Klopp will be allowed in the dugout for the clash, but we expect Liverpool to see off the Hammers in what should be a closely contested encounter.
Liverpool 3-1 West Ham United
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