By Amir Mir
Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to beat West Ham in their crucial Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently occupy a Champions League place but they are being chased by Arsenal, who are four points behind them in fifth with a game in hand.
Added to that, fourth-placed Manchester City can overtake the Reds in the table if they claim at least a point against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
By the time Liverpool kick off on Sunday, Arsenal could have closed the gap on them by one point and City could be sitting in third place.
Former Premier League striker Owen believes there will be huge pressure on Klopp’s team if their rivals pick up wins at the weekend.
“If City and Arsenal have passed their own examinations this weekend there will be huge pressure on Liverpool at the London Stadium against a West Ham side who are unbeaten in their last five,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds are currently better on the road than at Anfield, and I expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to get the win they need as they have done at Watford, Stoke and West Brom in recent weeks.”
Slaven Bilic’s team go into the match having recorded an impressive 1-0 win at home to title-chasers Tottenham last Friday.
The east London club have struggled for the majority of the campaign, particularly, at home where they have suffered a number of big defeats.
However, they will be looking to beat a Liverpool team that have struggled against those teams outside of the top seven this term.
The Merseyside club have been beaten against the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Bournemouth.
During the reverse fixture in December, the two teams recorded a 2-2 draw at Anfield, with Adam Lallana and Divock Origi on target for the home team.
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