Preview: Liverpool v West Ham

Liverpool may well have revenge on their mind when they welcome West Ham to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday, after the Hammers beat them three times last season.

Premier League
11/12 December
Kickoff: 00:30 HKT
Venue: Anfield

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: R West, D Cann
Fourth official: K Friend

Head-to-head summary:

Team Matches Win Draw Loss
Liverpool 111 59 28 24
West Ham 111 24 28 24

Previous encounter:

West Ham 2-1 Liverpool (9 February 2016) FA Cup

West Ham goalscorers: M. Antonio (45′), A Ogbonna (120+1)
Liverpool goalscorer: P. Coutinho (48′)

Players to watch:

Divock Origi is expected to start up front for the Reds with the news that Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for the next two matches at least. Origi has been in great form of late, having scored in all three of Liverpool’s last fixtures and manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the 21-year-old can get on the scoresheet once again on Sunday.

All eyes will be on West Ham’s defensive line this weekend as they have been conceding goals from all over the park in recent weeks and they could be in for a tough evening if the hosts get on the scoresheet early.

Team form and manager quotes:

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from a devastating 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth after leading 3-1 with just 15 minutes left on the clock.

Before that disappointing result. the Reds had gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions and manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking to his charges to return to start another long undefeated run on Sunday.

“You only think what is for sure is that you win these games but not always, and sometimes you lose them, and that was the situation in the Bournemouth game,” he said in the pre-match press conference.

“More importantly is how we played around. I think I said it after the game that we played good enough to win the game until it slipped through our fingers. That was wrong judgement, we did the wrong things, we were getting passive – what’s not really usual for us.”

West Ham have been in terrible form of late and have no won a competitive match since October. However, manager Slaven Bilic insists he still has the full backing of the club’s board.

“We had a conversation like we normally have. I speak to the chairman after every game, a couple of days after the game. It was a good conversation but it wasn’t a meeting.”

“I feel the support, I have said it so many times. In the conversation we had, I felt the support. I know what we achieved last season and it is time for us to turn it around.”

Team News:

Sadio Mane is set to be available for Liverpool again after limping off against Bournemouth.

Daniel Sturridge remains out with a calf problem but Joel Matip is expected to return from an ankle injury.

West Ham will have Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio back after groin strains, but Cheikhou Kouyate remains sidelined.

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