Liverpool vs. West Ham
Monday, February 24, 2020 – 8pm (GMT)
Premier League (27)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
The Reds are five wins away from the title, and in their next three games they face sides in danger of dropping out of the top flight come May.
Their last meeting came on January 29, after postponement due to the Club World Cup, with David Moyes overseeing one of the most limp performances any side has produced against the champions-elect so far this season.
The Hammers endured a 2-0 defeat to Man City in midweek, having seen just 22 percent of possession at the Etihad and managing three shots on goal to City’s 20, failing to hit the target once.
Moyes’ abject second run in east London rolls on, but he will be eager to end this against a Liverpool side who suffered a rare defeat at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
By the same token, Klopp will demand a response, although it was far from a disappointing showing at the Wanda Metropolitano; one to build on, rather than rectify.
Liverpool should take another step towards the title on Monday night, but as Norwich proved, they cannot expect victory despite a 52-point lead over their opponents.
There is one key absentee for the Reds in the shape of Jordan Henderson, who suffered a hamstring injury at Atletico in midweek.
Klopp expects the captain to be out for “three weeks or so,” which rules him out of Monday night’s clash and the following three games at least.
West Ham will be without right-back Ryan Fredericks, after he sustained shoulder ligament damage in the 2-0 loss to City, while Moyes confirmed on Friday that Andriy Yarmolenko is still short of fitness.
Fredericks’ absence should see Pablo Zabaleta start at right-back, with Moyes unlikely to make many changes to his side from last time out.
However, Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson are among the options to come in.
Possible West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Soucek; Antonio, Lanzini, Haller
Last 5 at Home to West Ham (All Competitions)
Won 4-0 – August 2018 (Salah, Mane x2, Sturridge)
Won 4-1 – February 2018 (Can, Salah, Firmino, Mane; Antonio)
Drew 2-2 – December 2016 (Lallana, Origi; Payet, Antonio)
Drew 0-0 – January 2016
Lost 3-0 – August 2015 (Lanzini, Noble, Sakho)
Did You Know?
This is the first time since 2016/17 that Moyes is facing Liverpool twice in a Premier League season, and only the second time in six years.
Moyes has failed to win his last 11 meetings with Liverpool in the league, with his most recent being United’s 1-0 victory in the League Cup third round in 2013.
His last victory over Liverpool in the league ended 2-0 to Everton in 2010, with seven losses and four draws coming between now and then, in spells with Everton, United, Sunderland and now twice with West Ham.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
West Ham – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp urged his side to “put things right” following the “hardest rain” of defeat in Madrid:
“To put it right is to get the other feeling back, which I don’t think we ever lost how a win feels as we’ve won a few games, but now we lost it and the difference is massive.
“It’s much more than three points. It’s from sunshine to hardest rain and that’s how it should be.
“If you really want to be successful, which we could have been in that game, it has to feel really bad.
“And that’s how it felt. Yes, we want to put things right even when it’s a different competition.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool’s home clash with the Hammers will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
This Is Anfield’s Chris Williams will be providing our usual brand of biased coverage throughout, with our matchday live blog kicking off at 7.15pm.