Irons look to dent Liverpool top four hopes

Masuaku could be back in action

Masuaku could be back in action

It still comes as a pleasant shock to the system to realise that the we haven’t lost to Liverpool in the last three encounters.

Along the way we have scored seven times against the scousers and that there is a special reason for wanting to sort them again.

Just as we stopped smashed Spurs’  Title hopes we now have the opportunity to make a dent in Liverpool’s top four finishing hopes.

Last season we completed a double over the Reds scoring five goals in the process whilst this year we grabbed a 2-2 draw at Anfield when in a previously thoroughly depressing run of form.

Liverpool sit in third place but a defeat with Manchester City and Manchester City and Arsenal lurking within hitting distance could create a lot of pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Arthur Masuaku is likely to be fit to return for the Hammers and although Bilic is usually happy to stick with a winning side he will be without Cheik Kouyate anyway who heads for surgery on his wrist.

And it’s more than feasible that may choose to make the Masuaku decision along the way given the left back’s outstanding form since replacing Cresswell.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • John says:

    Off on me holidays Thursday gutted to be missing this and Burnley. Wonder if the fans will be allowed on the pitch? Not that I would’ve bothered this season. Too far to walk 😂

  • Carrerageorge says:

    Five games without losing if you include the two FA cup games

  • Hammer64 says:

    Shall we contact the PL & see if we can start this season again? Please let next season be better than this one….

  • John Mc says:

    I’d like to give a mention to Jürgen Klopp here because although we face Liverpool on Saturday, and there is nothing I’d like more than another 3 points. I just want to say a word on Jürgen’s back luck at Liverpool. I mean last season in his 1st term as a Premier League manager, he takes Liverpool to the Europa Cup final at the expense of a 7th place finish to us when we went to the Europa Qualifiers instead of Liverpool & did not even do Liverpool the justice of getting into the group stages. Liverpool put more into last season’s Europa League run and almost qualified for this season’s Champions League if it w ere not for them being cruelly beaten in the final & the resulting 8th place in the Premier didn’t even get them into Europe at all this season, so now this season they’ve battled away really well and had if not been for injuries then they would even have been in the running for the Premier League title, but to then see Claude Puel put just another boring lock-out over on Jürgen, where his Southampton side couldn’t even muster 1 shot on target at Anfield on Sunday, yet somehow deny Liverpool a vital 3 points, well I know which man football needs more of and it’s not men like Puel. There was talk before that match of Puel’s job being on the line. Well I’d say that for anyone who just masters at killing the game with shut outs, yeah, does football need men like that in a job?, so if West Ham don’t get a result here on Saturday lads, then try and feel joy for a man who is one big ball of fun, being a man who would be a joy to work under. A man named Jürgen Klopp, because at the end of this season it could Jose Mourinho who could rejoicing in doing what Jürgen couldn’t in last season’s Europa League Cup & qualifying for the Champions League that way with Jürgen seemingly back at square one trying the same thing in next season’s Europa League because I feel that Jürgen’s chances of Champions League football next season may be finished already and they definitely will be if West Ham FC win. I mean from 42 – 48 points, what does it matters except for a few quid in the owners pockets, but 3 points for Jürgen is everything, so spare him a thought if we win or draw but rejoice for him if we lose, as football really needs people of Klopp’s colourfulness & character & not Puel’s seeming greyness, so COYI

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