Who: Liverpool vs West Ham
When: Monday, February 24th @ 3:00pm ET
Line: Liverpool -590 | Draw +650 | West Ham +1500
Well, it happened. Liverpool lost a match. The Reds suffered their first full squad defeat since September, succumbing to the ridiculous histrionics of Atletico Madrid in their Champions League Round of 16 leg 1 showdown.
Liverpool have proven to bounce back well from letdowns. Five days after losing to Napoli in September, they defeated Chelsea 2-1 away. After drawing Manchester United in October, three days later they defeated Genk away 4-1. And after drawing Napoli 1-1 in November, they defeated Brighton 2-1 just three days later.
Three matches with dropped points followed by three wins.
The lads now get West Ham at Anfield . This could get ugly.
Liverpool vs West Ham Preview
Liverpool have seemed to drop their intensity level and crispness since the winter break. Maybe they’re a bit self-satisfied. Maybe when you play that hard for that long, it takes a few matches to get back in gear after a break. Whatever the case, expect a lively effort on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp made a few mistakes against Atleti that I’d expect him to fix and iron out in the coming weeks. Klopp went with his favored XI that includes Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, and Fabinho in midfield. That workhorse group is the right selection for attack-minded squads like FFP violating Manchester City. Against teams that park the bus, they simply don’t have the creativity to unlock the offense.
West Ham are parking the bus at Anfield. Don’t be surprised to see Klopp try to give players like Takumi Minamino, Naby Keita, or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain some run in midfield. Part of this is out of necessity as well. Klopp’s captain Jordan Henderson will likely miss the match due to a hamstring issue.
West Ham haven’t won a domestic match since New Year’s Day. They haven’t improved much under David Moyes (no shocker there). They’re 18th, in relegation, with the xPTS of a 19th place team. West Ham are in real danger of getting dropped. Monday’s match will set them further back.
Liverpool will take out their frustrations on West Ham, piling on a 4-0 win.