Liverpool look to put their League Cup heart-break behind them with a win against West Ham United on Saturday and a win for the Merseyside club leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League
Prior to the Reds' 1-0 loss against Chelsea on Tuesday night in the League Cup semi-final, they had went on a ten game unbeaten run which included away wins against Aston Villa and Sunderland.
However, Branislav Ivanovic's header in the fourth minute of extra-time after a thrilling 90 minutes that ended in a stalemate shattered any chance Brendan Rodgers guiding Liverpool to Wembley for the first time since he took over as manager in 2012.
West Ham have very much over-achieved this season and lie seventh in the top flight, losing just twice to Chelsea and Arsenal in their last ten Premier League matches.
Rodgers is still eying a top four finish this season and three points against their league rivals will be vital for the Reds to continue towards their goal.
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In September, the East London club cantered to a 3-1 victory against Liverpool at Upton Park with the Hammers dominating the game in all areas with goals coming from Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano. Raheem Sterling was on target for the Reds.
Liverpool were in a terrible patch of form when that game took place and in recent months Rodgers' men have really began to find their feet with summer signings Emre Can and Lazar Markovic starting to justify their big-money transfer fees as well as Philippe Coutinho and Martin Skrtel finding their 'A game.'
Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet
This time last month, most Kopites were calling for Simon Mignolet's head on a plate. He was in terrible form after being on the end of several high error mistakes and lost his place in the Liverpool line-up. The Belgian luckily regained his place due to Brad Jones' injury and it seems that having a spell out of the starting line-up has done him the world of good.
Mignolet looks much more confident in between the sticks, getting off his line quicker and being more positive when collecting the ball. His effort against Chelsea was a top display, making two fine saves from Diego Costa and if he continues his form into this game, the visitors will have a tough time scoring past him.
Centre-back - Emre Can
Another game, another solid display from Emre Can. Edin Hazard is one of the world's best footballers however on Tuesday, Can matched the Chelsea winger throughout the game as well as using the ball intelligently.
The German will have another difficult task in marking Stewart Downing on Saturday, who has impressed this season and will go to Anfield with a point to prove after being sold by Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
Centre-back - Martin Skrtel
It seems that Martin Skrtel is at his best when he is involved in a real battle with a striker. The Slovakia international came out on top when marking Christian Benteke against Villa earlier in the month as well as barely giving Costa any chance of scoring of Tuesday.
This weekend, it will be Andy Carroll who Skrtel will have to keep at bay. Much like Downing, former Liverpool man Carroll will have a point to prove and will be well and truly fired up for the game. The Reds' defender will once again have to be at his best to stop Carroll from netting.
Centre-back - Glen Johnson
When Mamadou Sakho limped off against Chelsea, it was Glen Johnson who replaced him. The England international was picked over Dejan Lovren to come off the bench, which indicates what player Rodgers rates more.
Johnson is very good on the ball and that is what's needed to play part of the defence of three. He did well to control Willian mid-week and a good performance could see Johnson make his position in the Liverpool side permanent.
Right wing-back - Lazar Markovic
Due to the pace of Hazard and the overlapping Filipe Luis, Lazar Markovic could not influence the game on Tuesday as he wished. The Serb's defending was good but there was little opportunity for him to run with the ball at his feet and use his pace.
However, he will have many more chances against West Ham as Liverpool will look to take the game to the away side. If he gets the chance, Markovic will look to dart into box with the ball at his feet on the hunt for a goal.
Centre-midfield - Lucas
Who knew how important that Lucas would be at the start of the season. The Brazilian has been excellent over the past few months and against Chelsea, who completely stopped Cesc Fabregas from playing. Alex Song does similar for the Hammers and Lucas will keep close tags to the Cameroon international.
Centre-midfield - Jordan Henderson
It wasn't that Jordan Henderson performed badly against Jose Mourinho's side mid-week, it was just that you wanted that little bit more from him. He worked like a Trojan in the centre of the park but didn't influence the game as much as expected and used the ball poorly at times. The England international should be better at Anfield on Saturday when he can dictate the play and use the ball to much more effect.
Left-wingback - Alberto Moreno
Alberto Moreno is beginning to find his feet in his latest role and played well against Chelsea on Tuesday. His strength was displayed was easily outmuscling Branslav Ivanovic off the ball in the first-period and made a darting run into the away side's box minutes later when receiving Steven Gerrard's pass but Moreno's shot was saved by Thibaut Courtois. The Spaniard will look to continue to bomb forward as he hunts for goals as well as defending creditably when needed.
Attacking-midfield - Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard's performance against Chelsea was all passion and he put in a shift that was impressive. The Liverpool captain was constantly on the heels of Nemanja Matic, with Gerrard throwing his body on the line to win the ball from the Serb.
It's likely that the 34-year-old will likely have more influence going forward in this tie and he's gelled well to playing an advanced role and should impress.
Attacking-midfield - Adam Lallana
Philippe Coutinho has played in every game since Liverpool met FC Basel on December 16 and although he has been top-class, he needs a rest. Adam Lallana is more than a suitable replacement and prior to his injury that he picked up against Leicester City on January 1, he was beginning to look mightily impressive in the side. Lallana has excellent feet that dazzle defenders and will look to cut open the West Ham back-four.
Striker - Raheem Sterling
This could likely be Raheem Sterling's last game playing as a number nine before Daniel Sturridge retakes the reins. However, the youngster has done well playing as a striker and Rodgers has had more faith in him than Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. Sterling's pace is a nightmare for defenders and he has an excellent rapport with Lallana and the two will be looking to combine from the word go.
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