West Ham vs Liverpool preview

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 1:57pm

Liverpool travel to London tonight hoping to continue their ruthless winning streak in the league.

Liverpool could extend their lead at the top of the table to a staggering 19 points tonight if they manage to overcome West Ham at the London Stadium.

Liverpool will be hoping to recover from their momentary blip when they let a two-goal advantage slide against League One Shrewsbury Town on Sunday. 

The Reds find themselves perched in top spot and don't look like letting up anytime soon, winning 22 times out of a possible 23 in the league. 

West Ham on the other hand are precariously hovering above the relegation zone. Level on points with AFC Bournemouth, David Moyes' side desperately need the points to pull themselves away from the lower echelons of the table.

The Hammers have taken four points from a possible twelve since the 56-year-old manager returned to the club, so they'll have to improve on Saturday's display, when they lost 1-0 to West Brom at home, if they are to take anything from this game. 

Team News

West Ham

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, David Moyes confirmed that he will be missing players going into this fixture- “We’ve still got one or two people out"

Jack Wilshere (Groin), Andrii Yarmalenko (Muscle) and Felipe Anderson (Back) are all out whilst Ryan Federicks is also unavailable after picking up a month-long injury against Gillingham. 

Moyes, who is back for his second spell in charge of the Londonders, hopes to have Robert Snodgrass back after the Scotsman missed the FA Cup encounter against West Brom. 

Łukasz Fabiański, who has missed three games since picking up a fresh injury against Sheffield United, is also in contention for tonight. The Polish international's absence was cited as the catalyst for Manuel Pellegrini's sacking by former Premier League goalkeeper Rich Lee, so his return is welcomed although Darren Randolph is a capable back-up after rejoining the club from Middlesbrough.

Liverpool

The Reds rested a whole host of first-team players as they fell to a 2-2 draw away at Shrewsbury Town.

Talismanic figures Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were both on the bench originally but came on in the 85th and 79th minute respectively. 

Previously injured players such as Dejan Lovren and Naby Keita were both selected in the matchday squad against the Shrews, with the former starting the game. Keita did not come off the bench during the 90-minutes. 

Sadio Mane, who picked up an injury against Wolverhampton last week, is set to miss tonight's fixture but the issue isn't a long-term one Jurgen Klopp has said. Mane is Liverpool's joint top goalscorer with 15 goals across all competitions. 

Xherdan Shaqiri did not feature at all against the League One club and looks likely to miss this fixture too. 

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