Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side down to East London in the lunchtime kick-off this afternoon on the back of two wins over Sunderland and Leicester as the German looks to get things back on track.
The Reds lead today’s opponents in the league standings by a single point as both teams have suffered inconsistent spells thus far. Klopp had been suffering a rather disappointing spell until the festive period brought him two wins on the trot.
While the Hammers famously recorded a 3-0 win at Anfield earlier this season, a series of injuries have seen options limited for manager Slaven Bilic.
Both teams will be looking to kick off the New Year with a win after coming through their final games of 2015 with victories. The final game at Upton Park played between the two promises to be anything but a drab affair, as the last five games between the two at the venue have wielded 21 goals.
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West Ham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League home games, winning three and drawing four. In fact, they haven’t suffered disappointment at home since the loss to Bournemouth on August 22nd.
Some imperial form in the last ever season at the Boleyn Ground before the move to the Olympic Stadium.
Hammers striker Andy Carroll spent under two years with Liverpool following his £35m move from Newcastle, though he could never truly convince in the famous Red shirt. Lining up against his former charges today, the 26-year old England international will be looking to break his duck.
The towering Geordie will be aiming to score in consecutive games for the first time in almost a year, following his goal over Southampton.
Though Klopp’s arrival brought an initial wave of excitement across Merseyside, the ‘heavy metal’ style of football imposed by the former Borussia Dortmund coach has not really found its feet just yet, despite the win over Man City.
In fact, the Reds have won five matches by a 1-0 scoreline so far this term, a margin only recorded more by West Bromwich Albion.
The home side have conceded the lowest percentage of second half goals in the entirety of the Premier League this season at just 39%.
Slaven Bilic has obviously installed an air of determination and increased concentration to go along with the obvious attacking flair shown at times this term.
While today’s visitors traditionally had the advantage over West Ham, such a hold seems to be breaking. The Hammers have won as many Premier League games over Liverpool during their last three meetings (2) as they had done in the previous 22.
The gap is surely being closed.
The aforementioned Andy Carroll will be aiming to make his 150th Premier League appearances against Liverpool today, having played 44 of them during a relatively unhappy spell as a Reds player.
If he can shake off hi injuries, he can look forward to many more at just 26-years of age.
Liverpool will be hoping to improve their miserable attacking record shown in the home loss to today’s opponents.
In that game back in early September, they were only able to muster a single shot on target.