Liverpool had Simon Mignolet to thank for getting them to Wembley in midweek after they suffered another disappointing loss in 90 minutes and were taken to penalties by Stoke. Despite this, and the fact they’ve been beaten comfortably by West Ham twice already this season, they remain heavy favourites for the late kick-off on Saturday evening.
Liverpool’s form in front of goal is wildly inconsistent right now as they’ve scored 3, 0, 3, 5, and 0 in their last five matches but one thing that is consistent is that they look highly unconvincing. The 3-3 home draw with Arsenal was their best performance in their last six games but it was another home game they failed to win and in their last 17 matches at Anfield in all competitions they’ve won only six times in 90 minutes. Those wins came against Villa, Bournemouth, Bordeaux, Swansea, Leicester and Exeter, and the only time they won by more than one goal was the replay with League Two Exeter. Furthermore, their two home games in the Cup last season both finished goalless, against lower league Bolton and Blackburn.
West Ham clearly have nothing to fear in this trip and were unfortunate not to complete a league double over Man City at the weekend. They’ve lost just three of their last 13 away matches in all competitions and while Liverpool face a trip to leaders Leicester on Tuesday they have the easier prospect of a home tie against bottom of the table Villa. Liverpool also have to overcome the affects of 120 minutes of action in midweek and the continued absence of the likes of Philippe Coutinho so now looks as good a time as any to take them on.
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