Liverpool will look to take one step closer to clinching a first-ever Premier League title when they welcome West Ham to Anfield on Monday.
The Reds remain unbeaten this season, have won all 13 of their matches at Anfield and currently boast a 19-point lead over their closest challengers and current champions Manchester City.
The disparity with their visitors on Monday couldn’t be greater, with David Moyes so far struggling to coax a convincing performance out of his team and watching points fall by the wayside at an alarming rate.
Will Jurgen Klopp make it 14 successive wins at home? Or can the Hammers somehow muster up the courage to produce an almost unimaginable upset? Read on for Liverpool vs West Ham preview, predictions, team news and more.
When is Liverpool vs West Ham and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Date: Monday, 24 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event
Online & live stream options: Sky customers in the UK can watch this match via the Sky Sports app, while it will also be available with a NOW TV sports subscription. Readers based in the US can try Fubo TV, who are currently offering a free trial deal.
Last five meetings: Liverpool vs West Ham
29 January 2020: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
04 February 2019: West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
12 August 2018: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (Premier League)
24 February 2018: Liverpool 4-1 West Ham (Premier League)
04 November 2017: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Liverpool (WDWWW) 15-3 West Ham (LDLLL)
Ones to watch
The Brazilian was arguably Liverpool’s best player before he sustained a two-month injury towards the end of November. He hasn’t quite got back up to speed just yet, so this match has come at the perfect time for him.
Moyes’ side showed an unwillingness to attack against Man City on Wednesday — and that is unlikely to change against an even more formidable opponent — with Rodri completing more passes than the entire West Ham team combined, so expect another comfortable performance for the defensive midfielder.
Key stat: Fabinho has registered more tackles per 90 minutes (2.84) than any other Liverpool player in the Premier League this season (15+ app).
West Ham: Jarrod Bowen
Moyes simply has to change his approach for these big games rather than taking to the field with a ‘damage limitation’ mentality. To omit his only creative players from the start against City (Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Jarrod Bowen and Felipe Anderson) and play a back-five has caused further unrest amongst an already despondent fanbase.
By inviting such pressure against a side with the treasure trove of world-class quality at Pep Guardiola‘s disposal was suicide, and the result proved it as City eventually breached Lukasz Fabianski’s net and walked to victory. A similar line-up will yield a similar result, so it’s time for Moyes to be bold and throw his new recruit into the mix from the off.
Key stat: West Ham failed to register a single shot on target against Man City on Wednesday.
Jordan Henderson limped off with a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night and is expected to be out for three weeks, with Naby Keita a potential to replace him.
Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne remain long-term absentees, though the former is expected back at the end of the month.
Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Mane, Salah, Firmino.
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The devastating news for West Ham fans is that Ryan Fredericks went off with a shoulder injury against Man City. The club will now wait to hear just how bad the damage is, meaning Pablo Zabaleta is likely to deputise for the foreseeable future.
Elsewhere, Andriy Yarmolenko is not expected back until the start of next month while Jack Wilshere is out for the season.
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Snodgrass; Bowen, Antonio, Haller.
If Moyes lines up similarly to that of West Ham’s defeat to Man City then it will be a match of attack-versus-defence, with the hosts in autopilot and passing it around for fun.
Moyes could change tact, but don’t hold your breath Hammers, while the inclusion of an ageing Zabaleta is only going to add to Liverpool’s joy in this game. A win for the hosts is almost a foregone conclusion.