Liverpool head to London to face West Ham on Monday night looking to get back to winning ways after the 1-1 draw with Leicester in the week..
West Ham vs. Liverpool
Monday, February 4, 2019 – 8pm (GMT)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Football can be so unpredictable at times. Nobody saw the midweek fixtures panning out the way in which they did, with the Reds dropping points 24 hours after Man City had lost at Newcastle.
The draw at home to Leicester may have felt like a body blow, considering the missed opportunity to go seven points clear, but Liverpool still gained a point on the current champions.
Under the lights of the London Stadium on Monday evening, the Reds will be under pressure to secure three valuable points.
It should be seen as a perfect chance to prove they are the still team to beat, however, and there is no reason why a resounding victory won’t be picked up.
Liverpool are top on merit – they shouldn’t forget that and allow doubt to creep in.
This fixture last season: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
Alexander-Arnold is nearing a return as he recovers from a knee problem, but Gomez may not even be fit for the first leg of the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, with surgery possibly required on his broken leg.
James Milner is available after serving his one-game ban against Leicester, giving Klopp a major boost in terms of right-back options.
The veteran is expected to start there, with Jordan Henderson returning to midfield.
Klopp has to choose between Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita in midfield, although the latter is likely to be on the substitutes’ bench after another below-par showing on Wednesday night.
Marko Arnautovic is expected to be fit for West Ham despite limping off in the 3-0 defeat at Wolves last Tuesday.
Manuel Pellegrini is without Fabian Balbuena, Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Samir Nasri and Andriy Yarmolenko, though.
Last 5 Away to West Ham (All Competitions)
Won 4-1 – November 2017 (Lanzini; Salah x2, Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain)
Won 4-0 – May 2017 (Sturridge, Coutinho x2, Origi)
Lost 2-1 – February 2016 (Antonio, Ogbonna; Coutinho)
Lost 2-0 – January 2016 (Antonio, Carroll)
Lost 3-1 – September 2014 (Reid, Sakho, Amalfitano; Sterling)
Away fans’ pubs: Drink in the London Stadium early, just outside in the fans area or in the Westfield shopping centre.
Try Cafe Football, although I should point out it is owned by Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville!
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Don’t get lost and leave plenty of time if coming by train.
It is a 20-minute walk from the station to the stadium and the away turnstiles are poorly signposted, so allow yourself enough time to avoid missing kickoff.
Answers courtesy of Sean Whetstone, in our 2018/19 opposition preview.
Did You Know?
Shaqiri’s dip in form has largely gone under the radar in the last six weeks, since being the match-winner against Man United on December 16.
In the seven appearances since then, five of which have been starts, he has only managed one goal and not registered an assist.
Against Leicester, the Swiss failed to have a shot or produce a single dribble, perhaps indicating that a spell out of the team could be on the cards.
West Ham – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Klopp responded to Kyle Walker’s swiftly deleted Tweet, mocking Liverpool’s failure to beat Leicester:
“I cannot help them (people who celebrate other teams dropping points).
“I’m not sure what that says about us, I would say it says a bit more about the other person.
“I don’t know exactly what you mean [in terms of Walker].
“I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost the game, for me that’s not allowed.”
TV & Live Blog Info
West Ham vs. Liverpool finishes off the weekend action and headlines Sky’s Monday Night Football coverage with Reds legend Jamie Carragher.
It is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm (GMT), with kickoff at 8pm.
Chris Williams is on our matchday live blog from 7.15pm, keeping you entertained throughout the evening.