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Liverpool can reduce Man City’s lead at the top of the table to three points with a win

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Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Liverpool v West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

where to watch

Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League, 5.30pm Saturday

Best bets

Liverpool win and both teams to score
2pts 7-4 Betfred, Hills

Second half with most goals
2pts Evens Betfair, Paddy Power, Hills

Team News

liverpool
Curtis Jones and Naby Keita are doubts. Joel Matip is sick and Thiago is injured. Roberto Firmino is close to physical condition but won’t be risky.

West Ham
Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks are absent. Manuel Lanzini should return. Andrei Yarmolenko will not play.

Match Preview

David Moyes’ punt on sending a strong side to Southampton on Wednesday night backfired in spectacular fashion, and the impact of that decision could be felt this weekend as well.

The West Ham boss fielded just about his first team at St Mary’s for their FA Cup fifth round tie, a call that certainly didn’t pay off as his below-par Hammers were humiliated 3-1 by a second string Saints.

Less than three full days later, those same Hammers will emerge heavy-legged from the Anfield tunnel with the even more difficult task of trying to stop the Liverpool juggernaut in pursuit of Premier League points.

It’s not an ideal situation for Moyes and one that could end badly with Liverpool caught to win in a game with goals, most of which may well come late as the Londoners start to wither.

West Ham actually looked good for half time at St Mary’s after also impressing last weekend by beating Wolves 1-0, one of two 90-minute wins in their last eight.

Moyes has deployed a full-back three times this week and it will be interesting to see if he persists with this formation, which among other things has appeared to release Tomas Soucek, whose season hasn’t been great.

West Ham’s threats are obvious. Jarrod Bowen is in the best shape of his career, Michail Antonio is still a danger with his pace and movement, and they will get even better if Manuel Lanzini can return to pick locks in the number ten role.

So West Ham can find the net as they are a threat. But there’s the lingering suspicion that they’ll chase shadows for long periods against intense opponents, fade and spit chances.

If fatigue is a real concern, the likelihood of a higher second half also adds up.

The stats are on our side with this call – in the last four meetings between these two, both teams have scored in every game with a grand tally of 17 goals, including 11 after the break.

The most recent of those four games came in November when West Ham won 3-2 at the London Stadium, one of two defeats Liverpool have suffered in the league and one they will want to avenge.

Liverpool also played Wednesday night in the FA Cup – but played it very differently.

Broken after Sunday’s effort against Chelsea at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp made ten changes against Norwich and was doubly rewarded with a 2-1 win and some key men resting.

Klopp’s only real headache in this game is nice to have – which of Diaz, Jota and Mane gets the two slots alongside Mo Salah, regardless of his decision, the best front line in the division.

Liverpool won’t back down and next week’s game against Inter Milan won’t be on Klopp’s mind. His side can cut Manchester City’s lead at the top to three points as a title fight that didn’t seem possible a month ago begins to excite. The Reds can extend their league unbeaten home record to more than a calendar year by winning another entertaining affair.

Key stat

Liverpool have won their last eight league games at home by an aggregate score of 26-2

Internal information

liverpool

Penalty taker Mohammad Salah
Free kick assistant Trent Alexander-Arnold/Mohamed Salah
Aerial threat on set piece Virgil van Dijk
card magnet Andrew Robertson

West Ham

Penalty taker Manuel Lanzini/Declan Rice
Free kick assistant Aaron Creswell/Manuel Lanzini
Aerial threat on set piece Tomas Soucek/Craig Dawson
card magnet Declan Rice


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:30 PM, MARCH 4, 2022

Ruth J. Leeds