Liverpool vs West Ham United H2H – Liverpool entertain West Ham United at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be an entertaining affair.
Both teams have started well domestically, with the hosts in third place on 13 points and the visitors in sixth on 10.
Liverpool vs West Ham United H2H Record
Liverpool and West Ham have played each other 147 times in their history, with the Reds firmly coming out on top:
- Liverpool Wins: 80
- Draws: 38
- West Ham Wins: 29
They first faced off in the 1900/01 season in the FA Cup, where Liverpool won 1-0, and their most famous clash arguably came in the same competition just over a century later, when the Merseysiders beat the Hammers in the 2006 final.
Liverpool were 3-2 down before a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt, typical of their former captain, rescued a draw in the 90th minute to force extra-time and penalties, as they won 3-1 in the shootout.
Last time out…
The two sides last met in April, where Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners at the London Stadium. It was in the middle of a seven-game winning streak that gave them hope of UEFA Champions League qualification, before just missing out in the end.
Meanwhile, it was West Ham's first defeat in five games, which halted momentum and saw them lose their next two, but they went on to avoid relegation and win the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Liverpool vs West Ham H2H: Potential MVP
Mo Salah has been quietly going about his business this season, racking up two goals and four assists in his first five league matches – putting him joint-top of the assist charts.
The ‘Egyptian King' is more known for his goals in the Premier League, scoring 141 times in 236 appearances, and winning the Golden Boot on three occasions.
Salah seems to have taken up a more creative role under Jurgen Klopp this campaign, and with the firepower that Liverpool boast alongside him, expect the winger to be involved heavily in attack again.
He has a brilliant record against West Ham, winning 10 of his 12 meetings against them, and has also scored nine goals and supplied three assists against the Irons.
Liverpool: Players in focus
Virgil van Dijk – Back from suspension
Liverpool will be able to welcome back talismanic captain Van Dijk back into the team after his two-game suspension.
Mo Salah – Mr. Consistent
Salah will surely have a say in a positive result for the Reds, having scored or assisted in his first five top-flight appearances this term.
Darwin Nunez – Back in the starting XI?
Nunez will be desperate to get back into the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench against Wolves – his late brace against Newcastle United was a glimpse of what he is capable of.
West Ham: Players in focus
James Ward-Prowse – The set-piece maestro
Ward-Prowse has started his West Ham career off emphatically with two goals and four assists in his opening five league games – including netting against Manchester City in the previous matchday.
Mohammed Kudus – An exciting summer signing
Prior to Kudus netting against Backa on Thursday, he had only made two substitute appearances for David Moyes' side in the top flight since his big-money summer move from Ajax, and will be pushing for his first start in the Premier League.
Michail Antonio – The target man
A lot of responsibility will be on Antonio to hold the ball up for his team and bring others into play at Anfield, and the striker has scored five times previously against his opponents.
Based on both teams' starts to the season, expect this to be a close encounter, but Liverpool should edge this one at Anfield.
West Ham's confidence may be dented by their defeat to City last week – their first of the Premier League campaign – while Liverpool are unbeaten in the league so far.
Both sides play in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, which could have an impact fitness-wise, but Liverpool should still be too strong at home.
We're saying 3-1 to Liverpool with Salah to score and assist.