Premier League leaders Liverpool and West Ham will play their Premier League game in hand at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, who appear on course to record an unbeaten season in England’s top flight, will make it 15 consecutive league wins on the bounce if they secure all three points in the capital.
As for the Hammers, their main priority now is to stave off the threat of another relegation. David Moyes’ side presently sit just outside the danger zone due to their superior goal-difference compared to Bournemouth and Watford, whom they are level on points with.
After producing a dismal display against West Brom in the FA Cup, the hosts need an encouraging performance to get the fans back onside.
Read on for our West Ham vs Liverpool preview, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
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Competition: Premier League
Venue: London Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage: The match is not being broadcast live in the UK but US-based viewers should tune in to NBC SN from 2.45pm local time or sign up to Fubo TV (it seems they currently have a free trial offer running) to stream the match online.
Last five meetings: West Ham vs Liverpool
4 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)
4 November 2017: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool (Premier League)
14 May 2017: West Ham 0-4 Liverpool (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: West Ham (DLLLL) 3-17 Liverpool (DWWWW)
Ones to watch
West Ham: Manuel Lanzini
Before the season many were backing West Ham to secure a top-half finish on the back of possessing a plethora of creative footballers. Instead of dreaming about playing in Europe, the focus under Moyes is preserving their Premier League status, and key to those chances is attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini. The Argentine stands the best chance of anyone wearing claret and blue disrupting the runaway league leaders on Wednesday evening.
Key stat: No one has created more chances in the Premier League for West Ham this season than Manuel Lanzini (17).
Liverpool: Roberto Firmino
As the battle for top scorer is fought between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the selfless Roberto Firmino has quietly gone about his business. It’s perhaps by the Brazilian is valued at £1.96 on Football Index compared to Mane’s £3.05 and Salah’s £4.09. But Firmino’s price has risen over the past week as fans finally begin to see how important he is to Liverpool.
Interestingly, the Brazilian deep-lying forward has become a specialist on the road, so far all of his strikes in the Premier League this season have come exclusively away from Anfield. The Brazilian will be keen to add another to his tally in east London.
Key stat: Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s most prolific Premier League goalscorer on the road with eight goals.
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Moyes goes into the meeting with old rivals Liverpool – from his days of managing Everton and then Man Utd – with question marks over Robert Snodgrass though he will be hopeful of being fit. Lukasz Fabianski is also in contention after returning to training following a hip injury.
Sébastien Haller, who has struggled in front of goal, could make way for Michail Antonio up front. Ryan Fredericks, Felipe Anderson, Arthur Masuaku, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere are still out.
Confirmed XI: Fabianski; Ngakia, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Noble, Rice, Snodgrass; Haller, Lanzini.
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There will be one major change from the Liverpool side Klopp fielded in their 2-1 win over Wolves last week. Sadio Mane picked up a thigh injury last time out and will miss the next two matches, with Divock Origi or Takumi Minamino in line to replace him.
Adam Lallana, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are doubts while Fabinho returned for the FA Cup draw against Shrewsbury but was not at his best and may be kept on ice until after the winter break.
Confirmed XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Origi.
Even without Mane there’s still a clear gulf in quality between these two sides. West Ham need to make their home advantage count, having fallen well short against the Baggies last time out. Liverpool, despite the superb run they are on, have shown vulnerability on the road and the question is whether Moyes’ team can profit from that? We believe the answer to be no.