Liverpool vs. West Ham United: Complete Premier League Preview

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIApril 4, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring the second Liverpool goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on March 31, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Liverpool hosts West Ham on Sunday hoping to achieve a second victory over the London side this season.

The last time these two teams met, the Reds ran out 3-2 winners with two late goals to seal the win.

Liverpool sit eighth in the league and are within sight of a place in Europe, while West Ham sit in 11th position.

Here is a complete preview of the match with the latest team news and projected lineups.


Liverpool Team and Injury News

With the possibility of a European spot in sight, Liverpool will be looking to pick up some valuable points in this encounter.

Liverpool is on a pretty good run of form, having won four of their last five games in the Premier League.

The game against West Ham is one of four remaining Anfield fixtures, and the Reds will be hoping to get maximum points in all four.

There's not too much bad news on the injury front either. 

Martin Kelly, Joe Allen and Fabio Borini are the only players likely to be missing for the game(via FantasyFootballScout).

That means the very same squad that picked up three important points against Aston Villa is likely to start again. 

There could be one change, however, with Daniel Sturridge having failed to make an appearance in that outing.

Liverpool Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Pepe Reina; Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva; Stewart Downing, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho; Daniel Sturridge


West Ham Team and Injury News

West Ham's boss, Sam Allardyce, will sign a new contract with the club once the Hammers reach 38 points in the league (via SkySports). 

The London side is only two points away from that total, and while they'll look for the win against Liverpool, Allardyce would certainly be happy if they walked away from Anfield with a point.

West Ham have picked up two wins in their last five games.

George McCartney will miss the game through injury but West Ham could be boosted by the return of Mark Noble (via FantasyFootballScout).

One player who certainly won't play for the Hammers is the on-loan Andy Carroll, as he will be unable to play his parent club Liverpool.

West Ham Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, Winston Reid, James Collins, Joey O'Brien; Mohamed Diame, Mark Noble; Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis; Carlton Cole


Players to Watch

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho

Two goals and three assists in six games is a great return for Liverpool's January transfer, Philippe Coutinho.

He's contributed positively in every Liverpool win since he joined the club at the end of the transfer window.

Given his bright start, he's set himself up as one for opponents to be wary of moving forward, and West Ham will surely do that.


West Ham United: Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole will be looking to put in a good performance on the day, after watching Andy Carroll play a major role in the victory over West Ham.

Cole has only two goals and one assist this season despite appearing 24 times in the league.

He can still be tough to handle from a physical aspect, and he will look to be a nuisance for Liverpool's central defenders.



*Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet