West Ham United’s hopes of maintaining their push for European football have been given a boost after rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur suffered injury blows last night.
Liverpool displaced high-flying West Ham in fourth place with a 3-1 victory at Spurs.
But the Hammers can go back above the Reds with a victory against Jurgen Klopp’s side at the London Stadium on Sunday.
And David Moyes has been boosted by Liverpool’s continued bad luck in defence.
Liverpool lose only remaining senior defender for West Ham clash
That’s after Liverpool’s only remaining recognised senior defender, Joel Matip, limped off at half-time against Tottenham and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at West Ham.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out long-term while makeshift centre-back Fabinho sat out the game against Spurs through injury.
West Ham had more than a passing interest in the Tottenham vs Liverpool game given their position in the league past the halfway stage of their best season for 35 years.
So hope and expectations raised when Matip – who partnered Jordan Henderson at the back – went off with ankle ligament damage.
After the game Klopp confirmed the injury was serious, ruling him out of the game against West Ham.
Of course the Hammers will still have to be on top of their game to get anything against the reigning champions. After all they went on to score another two goals and beat Tottenham 3-1 despite Matip’s injury.
And Kane could miss West Ham vs Spurs too
There was also a potential boost for West Ham looking ahead to the game against Spurs in three weeks.
West Ham host Tottenham at the London Stadium on February 20th.
And Spurs look set to be without talisman Harry Kane after he too went off with a serious injury against Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho confirmed after the game that Kane will be out for a few weeks after injuries to both ankles.
Ahead of the game against West Ham, Klopp admitted he has a’massive problem’ at the back.
“Joel Matip is injured, ankle ligament, it’s a massive problem,” Klopp told the press after the game (The Mirror).
The Reds boss also admitted Fabinho faces a race against time to be fit for West Ham.
Meanwhile Mourinho was left deflated by the injury blow to ‘irreplaceable’ Kane.
Maybe, just maybe, this is West Ham’s season after all?
“He will be out for a few weeks,” Mourinho told the press (The Metro).
“How many? I don’t know. But two injuries in both ankles, the second one worst than the first one – a few weeks, I don’t know.
“There are some players you can’t replace. When it happens it happens but I believe we have to fight against it, we cannot do anything else.”
Maybe. Just maybe. This is turning out to be West Ham’s season after all.
West Ham go into the Liverpool game in record-breaking form.
The east Londoners beat Crystal Palace 3-2 on Tuesday night to make it six wins in a row to start 2021.
It is the first time West Ham have achieved such a feat in their top flight history.
Also in West Ham’s favour is the fact injury-hit Liverpool have had two days less rest than them.
One thing is for certain the second half of the season won’t be dull for West Ham fans.