Liverpool vs West Ham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score
Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to close on the top-four. Here’s a preview with team news and predicted line-ups for the game.
Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their push for European qualification this season.
The Reds head into the game sitting seventh in the Premier League table and a full eight points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, so qualification for the Champions League looks beyond Brendan Rodgers men this year.
However, overhauling Everton is still within reach with the Toffees just three points ahead and David Moyes men face a tough trip to White Hart Lane this weekend so Liverpool could see themselves leapfrogging their Mersey rivals with a win on Sunday.
The hosts are in excellent form of late winning four of their last five, but the Hammers have also collected two victories in their last three including a 3-1 win over West Brom last weekend, so should arrive at Anfield full of confidence.
That win saw Sam Allardyce’s side move six points clear of the drop zone so another win should see the Londoners secure their Premiership status for next season.
Liverpool boss Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns to content with. The only notable players missing are long-term absentees Martin Kelly, Joe Allen and Fabio Borini.
The Northern Irishman may opt to stick with the same side that beat Aston Villa 2-1 last time out but Daniel Sturridge is pushing for a recall having been left on the bench last weekend.
West Ham will be without striker Andy Carroll as he’s unable to face his parent club as part of the terms of his loan agreement. The big frontman scored two last weekend so will be disappointed to miss out but it gives Carlton Cole a chance to impress.
Former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is pushing to be fit but is struggling with a hamstring problem, while Mark Noble and George McCartney are likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.
West Ham have a dreadful record at Anfield – taking just four points from their last 16 visits – and have struggled away from Upton Park throughout the season, so I can see a home win here. Liverpool 2-1 West Ham
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