This season has turned out to be one of the most memorable in recent memory for Red’s fans.
With six games to go Liverpool are in with a real chance of lifting their first Premiership trophy, which seemed an unlikely proposition at the start of the season. However since the turn of the year the Reds have put in scintillating performances and seemingly scored a hatful of goals in every fixture culminating in the 4-0 thrashing of Spurs last Sunday.
Before Liverpool take on Manchester City and Chelsea at Anfield there is just the small matter of three away games to navigate as well starting with this visit to West Ham.
I think Sam Allardyce is one of the best managers around and quite how Hammers “fans” get off on booing their own team for winning is beyond me. The fact of the matter is that since key players have started climbing off the treatment table and earning their wages on the pitch fortunes have changed for the better for the East Londoners.
This is going to be a tough match for Liverpool and is by no means a “gimmee” if there ever were any in the first place. Just ask Chelsea about that one.
From a betting perspective I’m looking at Liverpool extending their winning streak to nine games. I’ve rerun the VT from the Spurs game several times and there were several things that caught my eye that I missed first time around.
The first is the incredible improvement in form on Jon Flanagan. This kid is a throwback to the age of the hard tackling defender but he also has some sublime skill and poise to go with it and his turn to move away from Lennon and set up Coutinho for his goal was something else.
In fact Flanagan had Lennon in his pocket for the entire game and to be able to marshal the England flier in that manner speaks volumes for his ability.
The second was Sterling’s muscular performance in midfield. He has clearly spent some time hitting the weights and it is paying dividends. No more being shoved off the ball cheaply for this lad and he is a superstar in the making.
With West Ham finding a bit of form and Liverpool scoring goals for fun I’m going for a 3-1 Liverpool at 9-1 £10 wins £100