At one stage it looked as though Manchester City had turned the title race into a procession, but Liverpool have gone from a speck in their rearview mirror to serious tailgaters. West Ham though will be aiming to break up the momentum when they travel to Merseyside this weekend looking to boost their European hopes.
As it stands, the League Cup winners are second and only six points adrift of City, though Jurgen Klopp’s men do boast a game in hand which, if they win, will give the division’s upper slopes are very claustrophobic feel, and will potentially set up a classic for when Pep Guardiola welcomes the Reds to the Etihad next month.
West Ham still have a lot to play for as well. David Moyes has a date with Sevilla away next week in the Europa League, but he will be hoping that ‘Thursday night’ adventure is not merely a one-off, but instead the start of a regular pattern for the Hammers, placing a heavy emphasis on getting something out of this weekend.
The E20 club are currently fifth, but Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves just below them have three, two and one game(s) in hand on them respectively, so Moyes will know the importance of not just ‘giving them a game’ on Saturday, but returning to London with something tangible to keep their European dreams alive.
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Liverpool vs West Ham: Match Stats
Both Liverpool (201) and West Ham (146) rank in the top five for most corners in the Premier League this season. In fact, Liverpool (15) and West Ham (10) are just two of four clubs to rack up double digits for goals from set pieces this campaign, so expect plenty of threatening deadball scenarios this weekend.
Trent Alexander-Arnold may be one such player who will contribute to that deadball devastation. The England international has established himself as one of the finest set-piece takers and a delivery specialist since bursting onto the scene — with 10 assists to his name, his is the Premier League’s current best playmaker.
07 Nov 2021 – West Ham 3-2 Liverpool – Premier League
31 Jan 2021 – West Ham 1-3 Liverpool – Premier League
31 Oct 2020 – Liverpool 2-1 West Ham – Premier League
24 Feb 2020 – Liverpool 3-2 West Ham – Premier League
29 Jan 2020 – West Ham 0-2 Liverpool – Premier League
West Ham pulled off their first win over Liverpool since 2016 earlier this season, ending a run of 10 games without a victory. Goals from Alisson (O.G.), Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma got the job done, and they will now be hoping to pull off only their ever double against the Reds, last doing so in 2015/16.