Liverpool vs. West Ham: Preview and prediction

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Divock Origi of Liverpool scores their second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.
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Matthew Sinton discusses this week’s Premier League fixture against West Ham United.

Last weekend’s Premier League fixtures saw Liverpool drop all three points in a very disappointing game which the Reds should have won. With a week to prepare for the next fixture, West Ham at Anfield, Klopp and the players should have plenty of time to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

It was not so much the loss itself, but the manner in which we lost the game that was so concerning. It was only our second loss of the season in all competitions – our first since August – and the first time this season that we have lost (and only the second time we have dropped any points at all) from a winning position. A disastrous game, of course, but by no means a disastrous situation for us.

We’ll be looking to put things right in our next fixture, where we host West Ham United. Adam Lallana will be ready to start again and Daniel Sturridge should also be fit for Sunday, giving us another option. Joel Matip will also be back, and our loss to Bournemouth showed just how important he really is. With him in the team this season we have won eight games and drawn three, whereas without him we have won just one and lost two, conceding 9 goals.

West Ham have had an awful start to the season following their excellent 2015/16 campaign and we should be looking to take full advantage of that. With our opponents sitting in 17th place on just 12 points, it is a game the fans will certainly be expecting to win. Another positive is that we haven’t lost at home since January. Of course, no opponent should be taken lightly, but I fully expect the Reds to learn from their mistakes at Bournemouth and get back on track with a win.

Despite the disappointing end to Sunday’s game, we have a lot to be positive about when looking towards this fixture. Divock Origi has scored in every single game since he came on for the injured Coutinho against Sunderland. While arguably not on his best form, Sadio Mane is still finding the back of the net and contributing with assists.

Our only attacking player who is perhaps off the pace at the moment is Roberto Firmino, and it won’t be long before he finds his feet again – maybe Sunday will be the day. Emre Can has also found his shooting boots as of late, finding the net as many times in the past five games as he had since he joined Liverpool over two years ago. We have several players capable of stepping up and winning us the game. Have faith, Reds. We’ll sort it out.

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