Next Up: West Ham (h)

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It’s a rare Monday night game for Liverpool and this is where the proper Champions test starts to kick in as Anfield hosts a cold December night fixture.

The visit of West Ham to Anfield comes at a time where the Hammers’ victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend was their first victory in eight games, and the pressure has been mounting on new manager Gianfranco Zola as the team find themselves sitting near the relegation zone.

Liverpool will be looking for a much improved performance after unconvincing displays in front of The Kop during the goalless draw at home to Fulham last Saturday, and the midweek narrow win over Marseille in the Champions League.

The same fixture last season saw the Reds triumph to a spectacular 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

Rafa Benitez will hope to have Torres available after fears of a recurrence of a hamstring injury in the win over Marseille on Wednesday.

Kick off is 8pm, live on Setanta Sports.