Jurgen Klopp and his men are back in the premier league to welcome West Ham United at Anfield.
Liverpool won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in January.
Jurgen Klopp, at Anfield, demands “a bounce back, a strike back” after 1-0 defeat in the Champions League at Wanda Metrolpolitano by Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool have the league title firmly secured and still sit atop with 19 points, having to play tonight where other teams have played their matches on Saturday & Sunday.
The lead Liverpool has over Manchester City is the highest ever in the English top flight history.
A win tonight will make the lead, back to being to 22 points.
Liverpool looking at 2 big all-time records tonight!
Anfield has been a fortress for a reason, 1000+ days since we last lost at Anfield.
2 years+ to be exact was the last time when we lost to Crystal Palace here.
Since then, it has been nothing but an extra-ordinary story.
A story of hard-work, determination, passion & commitment.
Liverpool has won 20 of their last league home games, consecutively.
A win tonight against West Ham will make it 21, which would make an all-time record for most consecutive home game wins in the league’s history.
Liverpool previously held this record back in 1972 (January-December) & now they will equal it.
However, it is, if we win tonight against West Ham, hopefully we will.
Liverpool is also on the verge of equaling Manchester City’s all time-record of 18 consecutive league wins (August and December 2017) in English top flight history, a win tonight will put Liverpool to 18 consecutive wins.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are still undefeated and don’t look like stopping.
Even when the opposition feels like they can achieve something, they receive a gut-punch with Liverpool taking all the 3 points.
Liverpool equaled their own record set last year by them of 17 consecutive wins in the league.
One more slip-up from Manchester City in any of the next 5 games, then Liverpool will lift the title by March.
Overall 11 games to go and the league is already done, now it is more about continuing on, making & breaking records.
Jurgen Klopp & his men have only one thing in mind, taking each game one by one, a step by step process without taking anything for granted & getting carried away.
No need to relax or get complacent, the loss against Atletico showed that a little off day can get you what you don’t want.
Possible line-up by Jurgen Klopp
The only change, I could see happening by Klopp would be in the midfield, Liverpool has a lot options in the midfield department, especially with an injury to Henderson who will be out for 3 weeks, there’s definitely going to be a change in the midfield.
Now the question is, who will slot in for Henderson?
Milner could be the one to swap in for Henderson but lately his game time is being managed by Klopp because of Milner’s age & he hasn’t been a regular for quite some time due to his absence because of the injury.
A midfield of Fabinho, Milner & Gini would become too static in my opinion, not something we should go for against a team who would sit deep.
So, my attention turns to either Ox or Keita to give use more threat from the midfield.
Recently, Klopp has played Ox in the league games regularly, be that in the mid or on the wings (Mane’s absence) and have been rewarded.
Ox has come goods with goals and delivered some really good performances.
Keita, on the other hand, is back fit again but I think Ox will get the nod over him in this game.
He could feature in the second half but I don’t see him starting, especially when Ox has been performing well whence started.
Defense: Alisson; TAA, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson. (it would be rare to see Robertson rested for Milner)
Midfield: Fabinho, Gini, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
(We could see Keita & Milner in the second half depending on the situation of the game, new-boy Minamino, has been put into work to get himself ideally ready for Liverpool’s way of playing, he could also feature in the second half, if we are comfortably winning).
Attack: Mane, Firmino, Salah.
This is the game at Anfield, where I expect West Ham to face the full blow of Liverpool.
It is the game where Liverpool is hurting a bit from their loss against Atletico.
Jurgen Klopp demands a strong response, and what better way to have it, at Anfield.
The “mentality monsters” are in for the blood too, they want to bounce back.
The determination is higher than ever, so is the hunger.
This is a team which has goals everywhere, and tonight the front 3 will want to make a mark, because it’s been awhile.
On the other side, West Ham are in a relegation battle, they want anything they can get.
To pour on further misery, David Moyes has had a very poor record, not only against Liverpool (17 losses) but also in away matches with every club he has managed against teams in the top 4 (15 draws- 35 losses- 1 win).
West Ham will have to play beyond expectations or the realm of reality to come up with anything in this game, a game of their lives, maybe?
I won’t deny they are going to have moments in the game, but overall Liverpool will handle it.
Liverpool is in the hunt after the hurt & I predict a win for Liverpool with 3 goals.