Match Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham
Date & time: February 24th 2020, 20:00
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Jonathan Moss
One step closer. That is the LFC mantra right now, and tomorrow night at Anfield it'll be no different, as West Ham come to town.
Sure, the fans in the stands will be singing a far different tune, but the players on the pitch won't even begin to imagine what might be come the end of the season just yet.
West Ham, though, won't present us with the most difficult of opponents. Particularly not at Anfield, as their recent form has been woeful. In fact, since Moyes took over it's been awful.
The London sides away form is just as bad, winning only once since the former Blues manager took over, and that was away to Gillingham in the cup.
But the onus is all on the Reds, as they look to bounce back from the team's first defeat since losing to Aston Villa in the League Cup back in December.
Losing to Atletico away from home is nothing to be concerned about. It was almost expected, but a win tomorrow night will certainly put those bad memories to bed for the time being.
Injuries & Suspension
The home team will be without their captain for the visit of West Ham, with Jordan Henderson suffering an injury on Tuesday at the Wanda Metropolitano.
He'll likely be out for three weeks, missing the 2nd leg in the process but should be back in time for the derby.
Elsewhere, and Xherdan Shaqiri is still out, with no return likely to be coming anytime soon. But Nathaniel Clyne is back in training, so that's some more strength added at full-back.
For West Ham, it's just Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fredericks missing. So Moyes won't have many excuses (on that front, anyway) should the inevitable occur.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): D-W-W-W-L
West Ham (all comps): L-L-L-D-L
Predicted Line up
The boss said it himself: they've had plenty of time in between Tuesday and West Ham, so we'd expect the strongest available team to ensure the three points are taken.
Our next game is away to Watford next Saturday night, so we once again have plenty of recovery time so it's not like the fixtures have started to pile up again.
But Liverpool do have an almost entirely fit squad to choose from now, along with the January acquisition of Minamino so there are likely to be players not even taking a place on the bench tomorrow night.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.