Jurgen Klopp is the man of the moment on Merseyside at the moment. Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League and everything seems to be going right – even previously under fire forward Sadio Mane is in fine form having netted a hat trick in the rout of Porto in the Champions League last 16 last week.
West Ham, meanwhile, have also seen one of their strikers resurrected with Marko Arnautovic on a rich vein of form after a difficult start to life at the East London club.
The Hammers need a victory in this one, but may struggle at the back with Winston Reid questionable to play tomorrow with a throat infection and Arthur Masuaku handed a punitive six-game suspension for spitting.
Here’s what our writers think will happen at Anfield this weekend:
Liverpool all day for me. Yes the Reds have a knack of losing focus in these kinds of games, but West Ham are still sticking a few square pegs in rounds holes and the honeymoon period under David Moyes has come to an end.
That’s not to say the Hammers are in a rut – they won last time out – but I don’t see quite the same level of determination as when they beat Chelsea, for example, earlier in the season. Likewise, Liverpool’s attack is firing on all cylinders at the moment.
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Liverpool are on fire, but there’s always a high chance they get snuffed out before they get going. West Ham, under David Moyes, are adept at frustrating the big boys. Given Liverpool’s propensity to go from the ultimate high – winning 5-0 in the Champions League – to a frustrating low, I think the Hammers will nick a point. Watch out for a Pablo Zabaleta-inspired feat of defensive heroism.
Liverpool win. West Ham will struggle defensively in this one, especially if Liverpool’s on-fire forwards find a way to get in behind the Hammers’ back three.
The Reds have almost as much to play for as West Ham, with an automatic Champions League spot still up for grabs, and have more firepower to get it done.