Pablo Zabaleta targets Liverpool scalp to boost Europa League hopes

The Premier League leaders travel to West Ham on Monday with a two-point advantage over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Fans will be wary however that Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini knows how to derail a Liverpool title-bid. I'm just gutted we didn't come away with the three points. "They have to play their games and we have to play ours". You can't play man to man against Liverpool and out-pass them.

"They are still in this title race, five points is not a major lead by any stretch of the imagination, it can be gone in two games".

And the Reds legend said Klopp's decision to send Nathaniel Clyne out on loan was coming back to bite him, with James Milner struggling to perform at right back.

Meanwhile, Klopp has claimed that he doesn't feel nervous ahead of the Premier League title run-in, claiming that he remained fully composed in the build-up to his first Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund. They last kept more on the road in the 2014-15 campaign (8).

Liverpool lacked the urgency and creativity in the opening 45 minutes and allowed West Ham to attack.

But he is set to have surgery on Monday which means his rehabilitation time will double and he will miss the matches against Manchester United, Everton and the Champions League ties against Bayern Munich.

However, the 51-year-old manager has since given a more worrying update since. Their most potent goal threat, Marko Arnautovic, is expected to have recovered from injury in time for this match.

West Ham United are stuttering at the moment and have struggled to get positive results, with defeats against the likes of Bournemouth, Wolves and AFC Wimbledon (FA Cup) hurting their morale. However, they have shown the desire and determination to carve out results while not being at their fluent best.

  • Kyle Peterson