Liverpool travel to the London Stadium tonight to face strugglers West Ham United. Should the Reds’ win the clubs first meeting of the season, they’ll go 19 points clear at the top having played the same amount of games as both City and Leicester.
The Hammers’ “new” ground has been a relatively happy hunting ground for Jurgen Klopp’s team, a record he hopes that’ll continue tomorrow evening.
Liverpool have received a boost on the injury front as Naby Keita seemingly returned to training on Monday after he was pictured with the team wearing the glorious new teal/black training gear.
Equally, though, Sadio Mane’s hamstring injury he picked up at Wolves last week is enough to see the Senegalese international miss out tonight, and the next couple of games after as well.
The game will probably come too soon for both James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri as the duo are recovering from muscle injuries sustained in and around the christmas period. Adam Lallana is also likely to miss out through illness.
For West Ham, the duo of Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson are nearing a return but won’t make it in time for tomorrow. Yarmolenko is expected to return early next month after suffering a torn abductor muscle but Anderson is likely to be out for at least another month.
First choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski faces a race against time to be fit for tomorrow. The Polish international injured his hip against Sheffield United earlier this month and was to be out for “a couple of weeks.”
The first choice back 5 will remain the same, there’s no reason why it should change.
Jordan Henderson will start in the 6. Fabinho looked way off it against Shrewsbury. He’ll likely be accompanied by Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Divock Origi will be drafted in for Sadio Mane on the left alongside Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah in the front 3
WHAT TO EXPECT
We’re at the point now where I expect Liverpool to win most games. West Ham are in a horrendous vain form having not won since New Years Day. They were knocked out the FA Cup at home to Championship high-flyers West Brom so there’s absolutely no reason why Liverpool can’t go there and dominate.
Though they proved last year it can be a tough game, we’re a different side and in a totally different position than this time last year and we’ve made harder away games look easy.
I predict a 3-0 Liverpool win with Mo, Ox and Divock scoring the goals for the Reds’.