English Premiership

West Ham look to end 3-game losing steak against Liverpool

2019-02-04 15:09
Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham United will be hoping to end a three-match losing streak when league leaders Liverpool make the trip to London Stadium on Monday night.

The Hammers started the month of January in fine form, but their momentum has been brought to screeching halt after defeats to Bournemouth and Wolves in the Premier League and a FA Cup loss to minnows AFC Wimbledon.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have seemingly steadied the ship after starting January with defeats to Manchester City and Wolves in the EPL and FA Cup respectively.

The Reds are now unbeaten in their last three games, although they will undoubtedly be disappointed to have been held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City last time out.

And, ahead of the clash, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he would like to help out his former club, Manchester City, by denting the Reds title hopes.

"If we win I will be very happy for our club first, because we need a good performance against the leaders," said Pellegrini.

"After that if we can give a hand to Manchester City, it's not our problem, but of course I am a fan of Manchester City also."

On the team news front, Pellegrini is sweating over the fitness of star forward Marko Arnautovic after he sustained a minor foot injury in the defeat to Wolves.

Samir Nasri is expected to miss out again with a calf injury, but Lukasz Fabianski (arm) and Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) could feature against the league leaders.

For Liverpool, utility man James Milner is available for selection after serving a suspension and is likely to go straight into the starting line-up in the continued absence of full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has further problems at the back, with Joe Gomez still in recovery from his fractured leg, while centre-back Dejan Lovren is another absentee with a hamstring injury.

Kick-off is at 22:00 (SA time).

 

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