Having witnessed a resurgent Arsenal closing in on fourth place Liverpool really must win the battle against West Ham United. When Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel home from the London Stadium tonight, they MUST be returning with all three points!
It is a must win match! Liverpool are again in a fight for Champions League qualification.
Liverpool – who sit third and have a one-point lead over Manchester City – know a win is crucial, especially when it comes to attracting new players says Jurgen Klopp. “It’s important – how it is always important – for the club. Everybody knows it’s a lot of money in the Champions League, it’s not only the sports challenge, even though it’s really exciting, it’s also the money you can earn and as a football club we have to do this too.”
- Can to play defensive midfield role if Lucas fails late fitness test.
- Lucas injury could allow Coutinho a midfield role should Lallana not be fit for stating position.
- Liverpool will assess the fitness of Roberto Firmino ahead of the trip to the London Stadium.
- Big choice between Sturridge or Origi should Klopp opt for a recognised striker.
- In all competitions, Liverpool are winless in their last five games against West Ham.
- Expect goals as none of the last 11 Premier League meetings in east London have ended level, with West Ham winning four and Liverpool claiming seven victories.
- Liverpool have won three of their four Premier League games in London this season, drawing the other.
- Should Klopp opt for the pace of Ben Woodburn or even Harry Wilson? This would allow Firmino to play his preferred role in the centre, rather than being pushed out wide when Origi or Sturridge are selected.
“Everything is still in our hands. All the teams have to play tough games and no-one wins all of them. Now we have to win ours and it will be fine.”
“A week ago we thought we had to win all three. Now we know a draw and a win could be enough depending on other results.”
“That is the situation so let’s feel the opportunity together.”
Here’s how Liverpool could line up for a game that could make or break their Champions League chances.
Starting XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Lallana, Can, Wijnaldum; Firmino, Sturridge, Coutinho.