Liverpool travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Sunday afternoon in a match which could have huge implications in the race for top four. A win here for the Reds could see them clinch a Champions League place, depending on the results of Manchester United and Arsenal’s games, marking a fairly successful second season for Jurgen Klopp and his team.
With the Hammers already safe and having secured a mid-table finish, the London side have had very little to play for and their form shows that. They are unbeaten in five, however, but three of these have been draws. Slaven Bilic will have been very pleased with his side’s attitude and performance in their last game against Tottenham though, effectively ending Spurs title hopes with a 1-0 victory.
As for Liverpool, they are looking very shaky as the season draws to a close. In recent fixtures against Stoke, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Watford and Southampton they have not looked their best. They suffered a very disappointing 2-1 loss to Palace at Anfield and two weeks later were only able to grab a point against Southampton at home.
Jurgen Klopp needs to inject some confidence into his players if they are to see out the season, finishing in the top four and, most crucially, bring back Champions League football back to Anfield.
West Ham will be without midfield pair Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate, with both expected to miss the remaining games of the season through injury. The pair will be added to the Hammers’ lengthy injury list which includes the likes of Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio.
As for the Reds, Adam Lallana is expected to start having overcome a recent thigh injury. Despite claims from the Liverpool manager this week that midfielder Jordan Henderson could return before the end of the season, it is difficult seeing him return to the side here. Of course, the Reds will be without main man Sadio Mane who after sustaining a knee injury, was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Match Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Liverpool
If the Hammers play in a similar manner to how they did against Spurs, Liverpool could be in for a really tough game on Sunday afternoon. The Merseyside club have struggled against the West Ham in recent seasons and could see this trend continue at the weekend. Both teams will come away with something, however, a point each in what will be a physical and competitive encounter.