As it stands, West Ham is the only team that Liverpool hasn’t beaten. They are also the only side they haven’t played but can the Hammers do the unthinkable?
Now might not be the best time for West Ham to be remaking up a match against the league leaders. The match that was originally scheduled to be back in December is now smack in the middle of a rough patch both for the club and its schedule. With that in mind, the staff gives their thoughts.
West Ham 0 – 4 Liverpool
The Hammers are possibly the worst team in the Premier League right now, and Liverpool is certainly one of the best teams in the history of the Premier League. These two things mean that what we are likely to witness on Wednesday night is a training exercise of defense against attack, and it will feel as though Liverpool have more men for the entire 90 minutes.
It’s not going to be fun watching. What I hope we learn is that we’re out of our depth in every respect. Not just passing and technical level, but at set-pieces, on loose balls and sheer desire to win a match of football. We have to improve quickly, and whilst Liverpool isn’t the game I’m going to be expecting much in the way of a resurgence, we have to at least turn-up and fight.
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
I think this is actually pretty positive, all things considered. Liverpool is a machine of a team but Champions League and other extracurricular matches have stressed the team since November and December. With Sadio Mane already out there could be more rest coming for more players in that team – West Ham are a relegation battling side as it is.
The defense is the main issue for the Hammers in this match. We’ll likely see two of Firmino, Salah, and Origi plus Minimino as well, this is a quick attack and they will likely attack our fullback’s to get in dangerous areas. I don’t back a Hammers win, but I think we’ll see a tight first half with Liverpool running away in the end. Brighton is the real match to focus on for the Hammers.
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West Ham 1-2 Liverpool
It honestly takes everything in my body to not pick the Hammers to be the first side to knockoff Liverpool this season but unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. I do think we will actually see somewhat of redemption from West Ham in a match that will seem like a win.
Liverpool is tired and has been playing in every competition from here to Timbuktu this season but that won’t mean for a second the Klopp and the Reds won’t let off the pedal. This match will look promising at times but will end up with Liverpool collecting all 3 and moving on.
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
Does anyone see this match playing out differently? Even in my most optimistic view, a win for West Ham United against this Liverpool side is not in the cards. I tried to think really hard about the ways in which the Hammers end up forcing a draw and I don’t see that either. I would go so far as to say with reports surfacing that Lukasz Fabianski is a game-time decision, I wouldn’t even risk him.
Give him a few more days and have him ready for Brighton at the weekend. Try to get through this match injury-free and try the best they can to limit the goal damage as right now, GD is the only thing keeping West Ham out of the drop zone. Liverpool supporters will try to sell you that they are ripe for the upset, but not here, not now and not against this West Ham team.
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
So the good news is that Sadio Mane has been confirmed as missing for our clash against Liverpool on Wednesday night. The bad news is I’m not sure it will make any remote difference to the outcome of the game.
The Reds have three world-class forwards – as Mane is joined by Mo Salah and Roberto Firmin – in their line-up, and if one of them doesn’t turn up for whatever reason, at least one of the other two tend to make up for that.
In all honesty, Klopp could play their U23’s as he has been doing so in the domestic cup competitions and they would still likely usurp us, given our fragile team at the minute. The only question on my mind is by how many can we at least keep the score down?
They will find it easy to cut through our pedestrian midfield, where they then only have to beat our chaotic defense for a chance to score. The soon-to-be-champions likely won’t have a more straightforward fixture for the rest of the season. That is until we visit them at Anfield at the end of next month anyway.
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
Liverpool will beat us but I don’t expect it will be the 4-0 thrashing that we’re expecting. Last season we rode out the red beast and would’ve had a victory if VAR had been in place. I think we’ll see a loss but more equally balanced at 3-1 or even 2-1 if we can hold out. The west ham way magic is still in our club and I’ve got hope that a fight will commence with the league leaders: a Fornals or Snodgrass curling goal will give us a shot
West Ham 0-3 Liverpool
As positive as I would like to be, Liverpool will probably walk the Hammers over, even without star man Sadio Mane. Liverpool has so much pace going forward, it’s going to cause the West Ham defense huge problems.
Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi are both full of pace that will cause Aaron Cresswell and Pablo Zabaleta lots of issues, particularly when Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are overlapping the attackers. It will, however, be a good opportunity for new man Tomáš Součekk to get a run-out and used to some of his new teammates, if he is cleared to play for the match. Especially, as there is not a huge expectation of victory against Liverpool.
Clearly, there isn’t a lot of positivity surrounding the club or the GSH staff at the moment but what did you expect when the league leaders come to town? If there is a club to do it, it’ll be the Hammers but they have a tough hill to climb tomorrow evening in East London.