Europa League win can only be positive for Reds

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It may not have been a classic, but last night’s defeat of Sparta Prague ensured Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League.

What’s more is that a trophy is still to play for between now and May for Kenny Dalglish’s side, and although a tie with Braga awaits, it is Barclays Premier League matters that must be attended to this weekend and a trip to West Ham.

Although a draw with Wigan disrupted the momentum built by four straight wins previously, Tottenham’s defeat at Blackpool in midweek has given the reds a chance to close the gap on fourth to five points should they prevail at Upton Park on Sunday.

However, possibly victory is anything but assured. Despite their position in the table, and Liverpool’s recent record at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham remain capable of an upset and backed by a vociferous crowd they are formidable opponents.

One player who will certainly look to make an impact for the Hammers is Scott Parker. The West Ham talisman has arguably been their player of the season and is doing all he can to ensure they avoid relegation.

Another player looking to make an impact on Sunday will be Luis Suarez. After being ineligible to play in the Europa League following his switch from Ajax, the Uruguayan forward will be eager to play a part in helping Liverpool’s cause. But Sunday has come too soon for Andy Carroll who is still making his comeback from a thigh injury.

Should Liverpool win on Sunday it will set them up nicely ahead of their next home fixture, just a small affair against Manchester United...

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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