Liverpool travel to West Ham on Monday evening as they attempt to get over the disappointment of their draw against Leicester City.
Depending on Manchester City’s result against Arsenal on Sunday, Liverpool could again potentially be gunning to go seven points clear at the top of the table.
After City’s surprise 2-1 loss to Newcastle on Tuesday evening, Jurgen Klopp’s men had a glorious opportunity to increase their lead over Pep Guardiola’s side to seven points in midweek.
However, Liverpool could only manage a draw against the Foxes as Harry Maguire’s strike cancelled out an early goal by Sadio Mane.
They travel to London to face West Ham on Monday as they aim to continue their excellent record against the Hammers.
The previous four meetings between the two make for stark reading for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as Liverpool have scored four goals in each of those games, and with the explosive Reds’ attack going against a fairly fragile defence, many will be expecting a similar result.
It is arguable their attack hasn’t been quite as potent this term though – the Reds had scored 65 goals after 24 games last season, with Mohamed Salah and Mane in double figures with 16 and 10 goals respectively while Roberto Firmino has nine to his name amongst a team tally of 55.
West Ham’s defence has been porous of late, conceding nine goals in their last three matches, one of which was the ignominious 4-2 defeat at the hands of League One’s whipping boys AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Hammers have been one of those classic up and down teams this season in the top flight, looking very capable when all of their attacking players click but distinctly average when they do not have the right mix.
Marko Arnautovic’s future at the London Stadium has seemingly been sorted as he has signed a new contract, despite a proposed move to China in the January transfer window.
That news will come as a boost although he, along with his team-mates, struggled last time out as not only did they concede three at Wolves, they did not even manage a shot on target.
Arnautovic sustained an injury in that match and remains a doubt to face Liverpool, with Pellegrini hopeful that his bruised foot will not rule him out.
The Austrian’s presence could cause problems for Liverpool’s defence which, despite being much improved this season, does have issues to contend with, as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are all absent through injury.
It is a game that certainly promises goals, with attack generally being the plus point for both teams, although leaders Liverpool should have the quality and confidence to come through with all three points.