West Ham have not won at Anfield in 45 years so you will be out on your own if you are going to back them at a meagre 9/2 to do the business on Saturday.
Everyone knows that the Achilles heel of this Liverpool team is its inability to convert the multiple chances they create every game but with the return of Daniel Sturridge on the horizon that could all be about to change.
It’s not just his goal scoring prowess that will have an influence on proceedings, it is also a goal scorer’s positional sense and ability to find a teammate with a pass that has been sorely lacking and Sturridge will bring an overall general cohesiveness to the front line attack.
Whether he starts or not is open to question and he’ll probably arrive to proceedings from the bench so let’s hope the damage isn’t done by the time he gets on the pitch.
The Liverpool defence has been hugely improved over the last few games and it was only with the disappearance of Sakho against Chelsea that they began to creak in the Capital One tie.
Sakho has cemented a place on the left side of a defensive three and he has looked more and more like an impassable rock. Skrtel too was impressive against Chelsea midweek.
The goal conceded came from poor marking – but not from the defence – this time it was that pantomime villain Balotelli who let his man go and he generally had a poor showing when he arrived as a substitute in that game.
Although their home record is nothing to shout about (W3 D5 L2) the Reds have lost only one of their last ten top flight games (against Manchester United away) and you generally feel that they are improving massively all over the pitch since last year’s woeful run of results.
Simon Mignolet was noticeably outstanding against Chelsea (if you can ignore his horrible kicking) and Coutinho has played at a level that will have had purists everywhere drooling. If you are going to point fingers then it should be at the woeful return of goals generally from the midfield exemplified by Henderson’s headed miss from close range against Chelsea.
Given West Ham’s woeful record at Anfield and Liverpool’s continued improvement combined with the extra time that the Reds had to play against Chelsea then betting on the draw seems like a sensible play here.