West Ham travel to Anfield on Saturday looking to claim their first win there since 1963 and it couldn’t come at a better time.
The Hammers currently sit one point and one place above Liverpool in the Premier League table and the winner at the weekend would take a big step towards a sough-after European qualifying place.
It’s a huge game in the east London outfit’s season and having already convincingly beaten the Merseyside giants 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground, they can go into this game with great confidence and belief.
Sam Allardyce is hoping a number of his players can recover from minor knocks and bruises in time for the crunch encounter.
Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins, James Collins and Alex Song are all suffering problems but could make the match-day squad. However the returning Cheikhou Kouyate looks set to miss out with fatigue following his AFCON exploits with Senegal.
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Diafra Sakho should return to the starting XI and Enner Valencia could be the one to make way.
Liverpool are set to welcome back the hugely missed Daniel Sturridge, who has not played for the Reds since August, though it is doubtful he will be in from the start.
Mamadou Sakho suffered a back injury during their defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday and is likely to miss out.
West Ham are seeking their third straight victory having overcome Hull City in the league and Bristol City in the FA Cup in recent days, and now may be a good time to face Brendan Rodgers’ side as they played out an energy-sapping and demoralising Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Chelsea earlier in the week.
Furthermore, the Reds have one won three of their last 10 home matches in the league so Anfield is not a place to be feared at present. However, lately they have looked more like the side that finished second last term and the return of Sturridge would give them a huge boost.
The Irons do have a decent away record thus far, though, picking up 13 points from 10 games which is only four less than what Liverpool have accumulated from 11 matches on home soil.
FORMER PLAYER'S KEY
Stewart Downing was superb when the two sides met earlier in the season and he will be key to the Hammers doing a famous double over his former club.
Another that will be raring to inflict some punishment on Liverpool is Andy Carroll, this will be the first time he’s faced them since leaving permanently in 2013. The towering no9 has some unfinished business at Anfield and against an unconvincing defence it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get on the scoresheet.
WEST HAM UNITED: PREDICTED XI
Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Song, Nolan, Downing; Sakho, Carroll.
Liverpool 2-2 West Ham
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