Liverpool will have an opportunity to go top of the Premier League when they welcome West Ham to Anfield tomorrow.
Jurgen Kloop’s team are currently having a torrid time with injuries – Virgil van Dijk is a long term absentee.
Fabinho is out too while Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita will assessed.
However, the German will be encouraged by news that Virgil van Dijk’s ACL surgery went well.
The Reds posted a snippet of their official statement confirming the defender has begun his road to recovery.
“@VirgilvDijk has undergone successful surgery on the knee ligament injury he sustained earlier this month.
“He’ll now focus on the beginning of his rehabilitation with the support of our medical department 💪”.
West Ham have a similar problem (although not as severe as Van Dijk’s case) too but in a different department.
Manager David Moyes confirmed last season top scorer and in-form striker Michail Antonio will miss the trip to Merseyside due to injury.
“We don’t think it’s too bad, but it’s enough to keep him out of this game against Liverpool.”
The former Everton and Man United coach says his team has to make the most of their tough fixtures.
“We are playing the champions so it is a tough game but the last three games we will have played will have been Tottenham, City and Liverpool so you have to say, when we saw the fixtures it was always going to be difficult but we have to make the most of it.” The Scot said.
Liverpool have won just one of their three Premier League games [1W 1D 1L]
But make no mistake to think they’re on a bad run; they’ve won six of their last eight games in the competition [6W 1D 1L], beating Chelsea and Arsenal in the process.
Trends show that the Reds are leaking in goals; they’ve failed to keep a cleansheet in four recent PL games, conceding 11 goals.
West Ham have drawn two of their last five Premier League games [2W 2D 1L]; scoring in all of those fixtures.
Their last two results is quite impressive – they fought back from 3 goals down to draw 3-3 at Spurs.
Then they drew 1-1 with Pep Guardiola’s City.
Liverpool have won five of the last six meetings between these two.
The last three meetings at Anfield ended 4-1, 4-1, and 3-2 in favour of Liverpool.
Liverpool will hope to ride on the back of the solid head-to-head record against West Ham.
But the Hammers will score, if their get a sniff at goal.
If it turns out to be a goal scoring contest they have the better scorers in Mane and Salah.
And if its a cagey game that requires a moment of individual brilliance to settle it, Liverpool still have the edge.
Either way i expect the Reds to take all three points.
Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 West Ham