West Ham vs. Liverpool
Sunday, May 14, 2017 – 2:15pm (BST)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
You will both know it yourself and been told it a thousand times by now – Liverpool are incapable of doing things the easy way.
There is every chance the Gunners will be just a point adrift by the time Sunday’s visit to West Ham gets underway, heaping huge pressure on Klopp’s men.
On paper, Liverpool should have too much for their opponents, who have little to play for this season.
But the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Tottenham in their last outing may have breathed new life into them, and they’ve kept four clean sheets in their last five games.
If they fail to finish in the top-four now it will be a devastating blow, but destiny is still very much in their own hands.
Last meeting: Liverpool 2-2 West Ham
Klopp has a few selection headaches, especially in attack.
Divock Origi‘s poor form could see him relegated to the bench, with Sturridge’s impressive recent cameos giving him a chance of starting.
Adam Lallana is expected to come in, with his influence such a miss in recent weeks and months.
Former Red Andy Carroll is out for the hosts with an adductor strain – we can all breath a huge sigh of relief about Carroll coming back to haunt us – and captain Mark Noble is also unavailable.
Cheikhou Kouyate is missing, following a wrist operation on Tuesday, while Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Pedro Obiang are out, too.
Away fans’ pubs: The Longthorne, Ye Olde Black Bull and the Queens Head in the high street close to the station.
“In Westfield shopping centre itself, you have Cafe Football and the Cow pub, but the stadium would much prefer you to drink inside the ground. It opens two hours before kick-off,” West Ham fan Sean Whetstone (@westhamfootball) told This is Anfield.
“Heineken have purchased the pouring rights for the stadium and away supporters can enjoy some other beers and ciders including Amstel, Fosters, Birra Moretti, Bulmers and Strongbow.
“Draft and bottles will be available throughout the concourse area. There are also two real ales named Iron Ale and Boleyn Bitter available.”
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
West Ham – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood prior to Sunday’s clash, Klopp discussed the availability of Lallana and Sturridge:
“These two players are now options,” Klopp said.
“After coming back from an injury, if you could play 90 minutes immediately that would be perfect, but the real match is too intense.
“He was an option, but not for starting. Now it’s another situation and now it means we have two other options.”
TV & Live Blog Info
Our matchday live blog will be running from 1:30pm, with Henry Jackson in the chair this week. Tune in for minute-by-minute updates before and during the game.