IT'S difficult to work out Liverpool's ambitions for the rest of the season. They've reached the Capital One Cup Final but haven't been taking the FA Cup seriously.

Jurgen Klopp fielded reserve teams in both matches against Exeter and in the initial tie at home to West Ham but must now surely admit defeat in the race for a Champions League spot.

The Hammers, having defeated Liverpool 3-0 away and 2-0 at home in the league this season, looked too big at 3-1 when the line-ups were revealed but played poorly.

They still managed a 0-0 and that's three clean sheets against the Reds who will have Jurgen Klopp back in the dugout after he missed the weekend draw with Sunderland as he underwent an appendix operation.

The German says he's feeling better but can't have watched the last 13 minutes of his side's weekend match when they conceded two late goals after tens of thousands of fans walked out in protest at season-ticket prices.

Joey O'Brien will make his first start of the season at right-back with James Tomkins and Carl Jenkinson injured and Sam Byram cup-ties. Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are out.

While they continue to struggle in the league the team has suffered just one defeat in 11 cup ties and that was to Stoke before winning on penalties to reach the League Cup Final.

The likes of Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Danny Ings and Dejan Lovren all miss out but Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are all in contention after recovering from injuries.

This time West Ham are 8-5 match favourites but it's a difficult call and it could simply come down to who wants it most. Liverpool are just under 2-1.

My advice from a betting point of view is to wait for confirmed line-ups then have a think about. I West Ham's starting team shows many less changes than their visitors I'll be on them to win.

With Liverpool having failed to net in 540 minutes against the Hammers a possible bet is under 1.5 Liverpool team goals at 1-2.

Here's a couple of stats that won't help at all. West Ham haven't beaten Liverpool in seven FA Cup meetings but have lost just one of their last 10 FA Cup games at home to Arsenal in 2010.


Wait for line-ups

  1. 6 years ago

    Was eyeing West Ham dc buts its only 2/5. Definately waiting for line ups though, hope Klopp puts out his strongest 11 knowing Blackburn are next up. Liverpool 2/1 might actually look great if we know whos got on the bus to London.

  2. nazalus 6 years ago

    Heard Liverpool are eyeing up a friendly with Iceland?? Rumour has it if they lose,they are going to try again with Farmfoods !!!!!!!

  3. maccathered 6 years ago

    liverpool will go with the same eleven that drew with west ham in the game at anfield,this is klopps f,a cup team.nazalus you are a typical man utd fan always in our shadow.

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      maccathered, there are suggestions Sturridge could start but it’s not likely to much different as you say.
      I reckon it’s about how strong West Ham go and how motivated they are.
      Not a big fan of tonight’s card but tips are up and I’m off out for a while.
      Schools on half-term so going to hit some balls with the lad.

    • nazalus 6 years ago

      Oh Macca,you are so way off the mark.
      Neither am i a Man ud or EPL Team supporter.
      I am an avid armchair supporter of the game ( disability prevents me attending matches)
      I am a true scot who loves football,and my team of birth( <<<<————-as every fan should be)
      Is Glasgow Celtic.
      I love to jest with other fans about their love of their team,
      so the banter between us is most enjoyable & i hope you have never taken offence to
      any comments i have made previous.
      Enjoy life,enjoy football & love your family.
      Nazalus :)

  4. maccathered 6 years ago

    good luck mr f.

  5. lonegunman 6 years ago

    well teams been out for 20mins . I think west ham are safe this year and this is west hams chance to get a cup . Liverpool maybe have coutinho and benteke playing but there defence is far too inexperienced to play against a wesyt hame side at upton park . I’ got them last night at 8/5 and doubled up with piepzig not to lose against st pauli at 1/3 . got 285 pounds with a return of 985

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