Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v West Ham

Posted February 24, 2018

With Manchester United and Chelsea going head-to-head tomorrow in a "six-pointer" and the top-four race on the home stretch, Liverpool can climb to second in the Premier League - at least temporarily - by beating West Ham at home today. We will have to call on all that good play and determination and organisation and planning to get us another good result'.

Liverpool FC are now in third place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification for the second season running under their German manager.

Michail Antonio has scored in three of his four appearances in all competitions against Liverpool for West Ham, including in both of his games in the Premier League.

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They may be troubled by a couple of extra injuries, and they don't have much to play with defensively. We are taking steps forward with a lot of young players.

Nathaniel Clyne is back in full training but may not feature just yet, having only recently returned from his long-term lumbar woes.

Jose Fonte has completed his move to China while Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes are still injured and Arthur Masuaku is suspended. They will defend a little bit deeper, probably, and we need an atmosphere that is ready for that as well.

"We need to be ready for a hard game. We don't want to be disrespectful to all the other teams, because there are no easy games in the Premier League, whether you are playing against a top side or a team battling relegation, but playing against Liverpool at Anfield is the sort of game all the players want to play in".

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Another concern for the West Ham defence involves centre-back Winston Reid, who is dealing with a "throat infection", per Alex Young of the London Evening Standard. It will not be easy to stop Mane, Salah and Firmino. Now we have to use it as a group, players, coaches, manager, crowd. We'll go there and hope that with the players we have in our team we will cause them problems as well.

"When it's negative, it's all negative, or when it's positive, it's so positive we don't care about the next game".

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