Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters today, and shared what he noticed about West Ham when watching their game against Manchester City in mid-week, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
The Reds have dropped just two points in the league all season, and they are currently sitting a massive 22 points clear of second placed Manchester City.
The Hammers, meanwhile, have endured a shocking campaign to date. They have averaged less than a point per game and are deeply entrenched in a relegation battle.
Things set to get even harder
David Moyes’s men have some incredibly difficult games on the horizon too. They kicked off their horror run of games with a trip to Manchester City in midweek, and were beaten comfortably. The 2-0 score-line ended up flattering West Ham.
And the east London outfit will have to show a lot more at Anfield on Monday night, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of taking a positive result away from Merseyside with them.
Klopp suggested that he was impressed with what he saw from the Hammers when watching their game against Manchester City, however, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo:
“They didn’t have Lanzini and Haller (vs Man City) and with all the brilliance for City it was a set-piece the first goal. West Ham fought really hard. The first goal was a set piece and the second was a super situation with KDB. It was a super goal but they were not outplayed. They fought and defended with all they had so I’d expect them to defend against us like this. West Ham will have taken positives from that game and we have to be ready for that.”
In truth, Klopp is probably just being nice about West Ham. If Liverpool perform anywhere near their best, they will have no problem swatting the Hammers aside.
If Moyes sets his team up the same as he did on Wednesday night, West Ham will be bang in trouble.
Knowing the Scot and his pragmatic style, however, that is probably exactly what he will do.