The fact that some of Liverpool’s Twitter fans are upset their team are playing West Ham at the same time Manchester City take on Arsenal sums up how much love they actually have for the club. Who cares what other games are taking place, Liverpool are playing and that’s all that should matter. These people are quick to question anyone that doesn’t agree with their agendas on players, the owners and potential spending. They hang their hats on the ideal that they would die for the club and justify their abuse of players by saying they want the reds to be as successful as possible. However, when the team they profess to love more than anything in the world is playing at the same time as a meaningless match in Manchester they start talking about skipping the Liverpool game altogether.
So don’t forget, Liverpool do head to London this evening to face West Ham on the back of two wins and a solid comeback draw against league leaders Arsenal. While the 6-1 demolition of Leeds Utd may have had fans believing we had finally turned the corner after a dreadful season, the scrappy 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest last time out has definitely dampened that positivity.
Jurgen Klopp must have been excited to have Diogo Jota back amongst the goals and with Mo Salah continuing to do his thing, Luis Diaz back from injury, Darwin Nunez looking dangerous and Cody Gakpo surprising everyone there is no doubt that we will be a threat once again going forward. But it was the way Forest were able to bully us and cause so much havoc and uncertainty in our defence that will be worrying. Add to that our terrible away form and the fact we are playing in a kit we are yet to win in and it could prove to be another shaky day for Liverpool.
It may seem harsh given his recent up turn in form but I feel Curtis Jones will make way for Thiago Alcantara, while Jordan Henderson will step down to the bench to be replaced by Harvey Elliott. The forward three of Jota, Gakpo and Salah will likely stay the same, but doubts over the fitness of Ibrahima Konate may see Joe Gomez get another chance at the back.
It’s going to be a tough one, but I am predicting another, albeit narrow, 2-1 win for Liverpool as we push to cement a spot in Europe next season.