Liverpool will be looking to stay within touching distance of Premier League log leaders Chelsea when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
After claiming a stunning 5-0 win over Manchester United back on 24 October, a 2-2 draw with Brighton last weekend allowed Chelsea to open up a three-point lead over second-placed Liverpool, while Man City are just two points behind the Reds.
City find themselves level on points with West Ham, who have enjoyed a memorable start to the season that has seen them record six wins and two draws out of 10 games to date.
The Hammers are coming off a resounding 4-1 victory against Aston Villa. That result was their fifth victory in succession in all competitions, while they have claimed three out of three in the Europa League, and will seek to extend both runs when they travel to Belgium to tackle KRC Genk on Thursday evening.
Star Hammers player Manuel Lanzini has heaped praise on the side and suggested there could be a lot more to come.
“We have a very good team, we have a very good personality, and it’s good to be part of this team because we have young players, old players, experience – this team has everything and we are looking very well.”
West Ham United are coming to the end of a run of seven games in 22 days in three different competitions, and David Moyes is expected to rotate his side once again for Thursday’s clash as he keeps one eye on Sunday’s home fixture with Liverpool.
There has been mixed injury news for Liverpool ahead of the encounter, with central midfielder Naby Keita set to miss the match due to a hamstring injury that will keep him “out for a while”.
Another major doubt is the influential James Milner, who also injured his hamstring recently, but Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are expected to be back in Liverpool’s squad.
The Reds will head into this weekend’s game on the back of a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare.
The Reds are now unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions stretching back to the end of last season, which matches their club record.
Last season, West Ham won’t have forgotten how a considerably depleted Liverpool team claimed a comfortable victory against them, but there is enough to suggest this Sunday’s clash could be a far more interesting affair.