Liverpool takes on visitors West Ham United this weekend as hostilities returns after a week of FA Cup outing among a host of Premier League side.
The Reds will be aiming another home win while the London side has some plans of their own as they visit Anfield for this fixture. Jurgen Klopp’s men might have dispatched Portuguese giants FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League first leg tie.
However, West Ham presents a different kind of test when both sides squares-up against each other this weekend.
With Liverpool at home, we take a look at why they must be wary ahead of this fixture against West Ham United.
The visitors have what it takes to spoil the show for the Reds at Anfield this weekend. David Moyes and his side will be aiming to puncture Liverpool’s balloon when the match begins in about time.
All eyes will be fixed in this match as the likes of (Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane produced some magnificent performance against FC Porto away from home in the UEFA Champions League.
However, with the likes of Andre Ayew and the little Pea (former Manchester United player) Javier Hernandez coupled with the availability of former Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, Liverpool will have more work to do defensively from set-pieces as the London side with the aforementioned players is good in the air especially from the set-pieces situation.
Liverpool struggle vs. Weak teams
The Reds is sometimes victims of their own circumstances especially in front of their home fans as seen repeatedly this season against smaller teams.
Despite the attacking talent of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and even with the departed Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge Liverpool failed to make it count against the lesser sides in some matches.
Liverpool has this tendency to struggle against weak opposition unlike they do against the big sides (especially) at home.
Liverpool defeated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City but they lost against relegation-threatened Swansea City side in the next match.
They drew two consecutive games against Merseyside rivals Everton (1-1) and West Brom (0-0) all at Anfield. This is why they must be focused and cautious in order to prevent this dilemma from repeating against West Ham United.
The visitors will be keen to haunt Liverpool’s season in the Premier League as they seat 3rd on the log above Chelsea who is in 4th Place on the League table.
This will inspire West Ham United as they aim to have a go at Liverpool away from home this weekend. The Reds won 0-4 away from home in the reverse fixture thanks to a brace from Mohamed Salah.
The Visitors will be seeking some form of revenge when the match begins as they (West Ham United) would not want the Reds to do a double over them this season.