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By Lewis Thompson 

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Liverpool are looking to come back with a bang in the Premier League after failing to move seven points clear of title rivals Manchester City as they continue their preparations to play West Ham at the London Stadium. The disappointing 1-1 draw to Leicester City back on Wednesday meant that Liverpool could not extend their gap at the top of the Premier League.

Klopp’s men have picked up four wins in the last five games in the league against The Hammers. The Reds have scored four goals in each of the recent four matches against West Ham, keeping clean sheets in two of those. The last time West Ham managed to beat Liverpool was all the way back in February 2016 with a 2-1 win in the FA Cup. The Hammers are on a very poor run of form in all competitions. They have just recently been knocked out of the FA Cup after a shock 4-2 defeat to league one side AFC Wimbledon. As for the Premier League West Ham have only won one of their last five games, losing three and drawing one with their one win back on the 12th of January when The Hammers managed to beat Arsenal at the London Stadium 1-0.

Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic could be fit for the Liverpool game as it was suspected he suffered a broken foot in their 3-0 loss to Wolves in midweek. Aaron Cresswell (Hamstring) and Lukasz Fabianski (arm) are also hoping to be available for the fixture as they continue with minor injuries, however, French man Samir Nasri is still out injured with a calf problem.

Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are all long-term members of the injury list for West Ham.

Now onto my predicted line-up for the game. I think West Ham will start the game with a basic 4-4-2. I believe Fabianski will be fit and will start in goal for The Hammers. I think the starting back four will consist of Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna and Cresswell. A strong four-man midfield involves Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson as wingers with Rice and skipper Mark Noble playing in the centre. I feel Arnautovic will be fit and will start up front alongside Antonio.

 

I am extremely nervous for this match; Manchester City have just beaten Arsenal and therefore the pressure is even greater. As always, I expect nothing else but a win after our small blip to Leicester City. I’m going to go with a 4-1 win to Liverpool as we just simply love putting four past them, with Salah and Wijnaldum both scoring and Firmino getting two. Tell me what you think the score will be, COME ON YOU F*CKING REDS!!

 

By Lewis Thompson

Twitter – @LewisThomps0n

 

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