West Ham vs Liverpool preview: kick-off, team news, TV channel

West Ham vs Liverpool preview: kick-off, team news, TV channel

West Ham vs Liverpool preview: kick-off, team news, TV channel

Liverpool's title dreams may be over after Wednesday's dismal derby defeat to Everton, but there is still Champions League qualification to secure, as Jurgen Klopp takes his wounded side to West Ham.

Liverpool's awful performance against Everton on Wednesday means the Reds are effectively out of the title race (especially with Man City beating Brighton tonight), but Jurgen Klopp and his players will want to end the season on a positive note, starting with their visit to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday.

Not for the first time this season, the Reds find themselves moved to the 12:30 lunchtime kick-off (for TV coverage), meaning they will have little time to lick their wounds after the Merseyside Derby defeat.  Can Klopp inspire his side once again, and put a smile back on the faces of the Liverpool fans?

Match Preview

  • Date: Saturday, 27th of April 2024
  • Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
  • Venue: The London Stadium
  • Competition: Premier League
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn
  • Fourth Official: Josh Smith
  • VAR: Tim Robinson
  • Assistant VAR: Wade Smith

How to watch or listen to the match

The game is being shown live in the UK on TNT Sports and Discovery+.  The program begins at 11:30 (GMT).

Full radio commentary will be available on TalkSport. Updates and match reports will also be available on BBC Radio 5 Live throughout the afternoon.

Team News

Liverpool:
Jurgen Klopp will again be without Conor Bradley (ankle), Joel Matip (ACL), Thiago (hip), Diogo Jota (muscle), and Ben Doak (hamstring), while Cody Gakpo will be assessed after missing the Everton match.

West Ham United:
West Ham has several injuries of their own, with top scorer Jarod Bowen a major doubt, as well as defenders Dinos Mavropanos and Nayef Aguerd, who will both be assessed before kick-off.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup

Jurgen Klopp will stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk (C), Quansah, Robertson, Endo, Jones, Gravenberch, Diaz, Elliott, Salah

After picking a much changed Starting XI for the trip to Fulham (which Liverpool won comfortably), Klopp reverted to his more usual lineup for Wednesday's game against Everton, but few of his star players justified their place in the team, as the Reds were outrun and out-fought all over the pitch.  I think Klopp should therefore restore those players who did so well against Fulham, namely Quansah, Gravenberch, and Elliott, at the expense of Konate, Mac Allister, and Nunez.  There are also question marks over Salah, Diaz, and Robertson (though you can't fault Diaz's effort), but I can't see Klopp dropping all his big players, so the trio will likely get another chance to prove the doubters wrong.

West Ham vs Liverpool Score Prediction

Liverpool were truly awful against Everton the other night, and if they play similarly at The London Stadium, they will suffer another defeat.  That said, West Ham are also short on form and confidence, so if Liverpool can start with a higher tempo and energy, there is no reason why they cannot get a much-needed victory.  Neither team can keep a clean sheet at the moment, so this could be one of those high-scoring games that ends 4 - 3, hopefully in Liverpool's favour.

Liverpool to win 4 - 3

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