Liverpool v West Ham
Saturday, Feb 24 – 15:00
Liverpool claimed an emphatic 5-0 win over Porto in their Champions League game last week, and are now undefeated in four competitive matches. Forward Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick in the Champions League match, and appears to have stepped up his game in the absence of Philippe Coutinho. Mane has now netted 12 times for the Reds this season, and will be hoping to continue his good form against West Ham today, as Liverpool look to cement their place in the Top 4. Jurgen Klopp’s side head into today’s match third in the Premier League table, just two points behind rivals Man United.
West Ham beat Watford 2-0 in their league match a fortnight ago, thanks to goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic. Earlier this week, Arnautovic admitted that he was hurt by the initial criticism he received when he joined West Ham last summer, but the winger has found top form under new manager David Moyes, helping the Hammers claw their way up the table over the winter period. West Ham currently sit 12th on the leaderboard – a win today could see them move into the Top 10.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Liverpool have won each of their last two matched against West Ham in the Premier League (4-0 in May 2017 and 4-1 in November 2017) – the last time the netted four goals in three successive matches against a single opponent was back in 2013 (Norwich City).
- The Hammers are undefeated in their last three matches at Anfield (W1 D2) – before their victory in 2015, they had failed to win in 45 matches at the stadium.
- West Ham have lost 60 top-flight matches against Liverpool – only against Everton have they lost more (61).
- Jurgen Klopp was winless in his first four matches against West Ham (D2 L2) – he has since won each of his last two.
- David Moyes has never managed to beat Liverpool at Anfield as a manager (D7 L7) – failing to win with Everton, Man United, and Sunderland.
- On average Jurgen Klopp has lost most of his Premier League matches against teams in 12th position, with only Lennie Lawrence (14.8) and Ian Bradfoot (12.6) losing to teams in a lower average position. West Ham are currently 12th on the leaderboard.
- David Moyes has collected 21 points from his 16 matches in the Premier League this season (W5 D6 L5) – three points fewer than he picked up with Sunderland last season (24).
- Since Moyes arrived at West Ham, Marko Arnautovic has been involved in 10 goals in the Premier League (seven goals, three assists) – more than any other Hammers player.
- Mohamed Salah is currently averaging a goal or assist every 64 minutes at Anfield in the Premier League (11 goals, five assists).
- Michail Antonio has found the back of the net in three of his last four competitive matches against Liverpool.
Liverpool won the reverse fixture 4-1 back in November, and although the Reds have suffered a couple of minor setbacks over the last few weeks, their home form has remained consistent. In Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool have three players with the individual talent to determine the outcome of a game. In contrast, West Ham seem to struggle when they go behind in a match, and if Marko Arnautovic has an off day, it’s hard to see them giving the home side much to worry about. Liverpool should win his one comfortably.