Liverpool v West Ham – Match preview and team news

Inconsistent Liverpool will look to keep up their extremely slim hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League against a West Ham side that just about secured their place in the Premier League next season with victory over West Brom last week.

However, Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers will want a performance more in line with those that dismantled Swansea, Wigan and Tottenham by a total of 12 goals rather than the one that timidly went down 3-1 at Southampton.

Since the turn of the year the Merseysiders have been one of the most entertaining teams in the division and that has given the fans hope that although a place in the top four may not be achieved this season, it can be in the next one provided of course that they keep hold of the mercurial Luis Suarez.

Rodgers may elect the same starting XI that battled back impressively to win at Aston Villa last week, meaning that Daniel Sturridge will have to make do with a place on the bench once again. Joe Allen, Fabio Borini (both shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee) are ruled out for the rest of the season.

West Ham have a decision to make up front with Andy Carroll, scorer of a brace against West Brom, ineligible to play against his parent club, meaning either Carlton Cole or Marouane Chamakh will come into the starting XI.

Joe Cole also misses the chance to return to his former club due to a hamstring complain while Mark Noble continues to miss out with a shoulder injury.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Liverpool v West Ham

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