Despite scoring four against Norwich City on Wednesday in stunning individual display, Luis Suarez will have his sights set firmly on West Ham this Saturday as The Irons remain one of just four Premier League clubs he is yet to score against.
Suarez’s stand-out performance on Wednesday highlighted just how lethal he can be when on form, and having lost to Crystal Palace 1-0 on that same night, West Ham will have a job on their hands to keep him out at Anfield on Saturday. The fact that Suarez has scored one more goal (13) than West Ham this season you begin to see the size of the challenge facing Sam Allardyce’s side.
The one respite for Allardyce is that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is out until New Year with an ankle injury.
However the Hammers’ away form is nothing short of poor this year having failed to score in five of their seven away matches.West Ham have also not won away in the league at Anfield since 1963, losing 29 and drawing 11 of their subsequent 40 trips since. They will also be without the talented Ravel Morrison who is suspended and the injured Winston Reid.
It will be a tough afternoon for West Ham and to get anything away from home against Liverpool will be a big ask for Allardyce’s men.
Luis Suarez (13) has scored one more Barclays Premier League goal than West Ham have as a team (12) this season.
The Hammers have failed to score in five of their seven Barclays Premier League away games this season.
Glen Johnson has scored in three of his last four Barclays Premier League appearances against his former club West Ham.
West Ham United have not won away in the league at Anfield since 1963, losing 29 and drawing 11 of their subsequent 40 trips since.
The Hammers have scored just six goals in their last 28 league visits to Anfield, failing to score on 23 occasions including the last five in a row.
West Ham have been involved in the two Premier League games with the lowest passing accuracy this season (away at Southampton and away at Crystal Palace).
10 of Luis Suarez’s 13 Premier League goals this season have come at Anfield.
Suarez has scored 10 goals and assisted one more in his last six Premier League appearances.
Liverpool have hit the woodwork 10 times this season, more often than any other Premier League team.
Liverpool have already scored 5+ goals in five separate Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers (in less than a season and a half), something Rafa Benitez managed only six times in six seasons.