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    Liverpool v West Ham Match Preview

    LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM
    Premier League
    11th December 2016
    16:30
    Anfield

    Liverpool will be looking to get back to winning ways following last week's capitulation against Bournemouth. West Ham are just as desperate for a result, although a repeat of last season's surprise 3-0 win at Anfield looks a long way off this time. The defeat on the south coast for Jurgen's Klopp was their first defeat in August and they will need a win to stay within touching distance of leaders Chelsea, with the current gap at four points.  Their home record this season is phenomenal, only Manchester United have left with any form of points in the league this season.

    West Ham on the other hand are in a sorry situation. This time last year the Hammers sat eighth, only five points off fourth place. Last week's demolition by Arsenal was yet another low point as they sit just a point above the drop zone and have only two wins at the Olympic Stadium since moving there from Upton Park.  A win for either team will be welcome, as Liverpool could end the weekend second and Slaven Bilic's side could end it in the bottom three, and the Croatian nervously looking over his shoulder.

    TEAM NEWS

    Liverpool

    The Reds are expected to name the same team that has been destroying the opposition this season, however Joel Matip is expected to return in defence, having missed the defeat to Bournemouth. Phillepe Coutinho remains injured.

    West Ham

    After several months out, Andy Carroll could start against his former club having come off the bench to score a consolation in the 5-1 loss to Arsenal. Michel Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are expected to return having also missed last's weeks defeat.

    HEAD TO HEAD

    - West Ham's 3-0 win at Anfield last season was their first away win against Liverpool since 1952.



    KEY PLAYERS

    Joel Matip (Liverpool)

    Badly missed in the defeat to Bournemouth, he has formed a formidable partnership with Dejan Lovren and his presence against a struggling team will be very helpful as the Reds looking to get back on track.

    Andy Carroll (West Ham)

    The ex-Liverpool man marked his return, albeit a cameo, with a well taken goal despite a dreadful result against Arsenal, but his Ariel prescience and excellent hold-up play could be crucial if the Hammers stand any chance of taking anything away from Anfield.
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