Jan Molby explains why Liverpool should beat West Ham
By Harvey Byrne
Jan Molby believes that Liverpool will secure the three points at West Ham, stating that the Hammers aren’t the same as they were last season.
The Reds will host West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League and they will be keen to put Sunday’s 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth swiftly behind them.
The Merseysiders are currently placed in third in the league and sit just four points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Meanwhile, West Ham have struggled after last season’s success and currently occupy 17th place, just one point above the relegation zone.
Former Liverpool player Molby has backed Jurgen Klopp’s men for the win and believes there aren’t many better fixtures this season.
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“Surely only Swansea would have been ahead of West Ham in terms of the teams you’d like to play next,” Molby wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “This is not the West Ham of last season whether that’s defending or with the ball. They’ve had really poor results against Manchester United and Arsenal. How poorly they defended against Arsenal, I refuse to believe they can be as poor again.
“But even without Coutinho I expect Liverpool to have far too much space and far too much ability for them. We saw what Arsenal did to them and I expect something similar. It may not be the five that Arsenal got but I expect three points.
“The problem when you have an unexpected great season like they did last year, there’s always players who think they should be elsewhere. When I look at West Ham, I think some of the players are thinking they’re better than what they are and they’re not producing.
“I understand where Slaven Bilic is coming from when he spoke about them lacking intensity on the pitch and in training.
“He’s the man entrusted to turn it around but I don’t think West Ham are about to turn a corner.
“I think there will be a lot of difficult games ahead for them and Sunday should be one of them.”
West Ham have won just three Premier League fixtures this season alongside three draws and eight losses in their 14 fixtures.
They have won just one game away from home this season with a 1-0 victory over fellow relegation battlers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in October.
Meanwhile, five of Liverpool’s nine league wins have come at Anfield this season as they aim to win their first ever Premier League title.
The two sides last met in February in the FA Cup at Upton Park, resulting in a 2-1 win for West Ham with goals from Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna cancelling out a Philippe Coutinho strike.
In other Liverpool news, a £9million bid has been made for the Reds’ striker target.