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Last season’s Premier League runners-up racked up only two victories from their opening eight top-flight outings (D4, L2) in the run-up to Manchester City’s visit to Anfield at the weekend.
However, inspired by a thumping 7-1 win over Rangers in last week’s Champions League action, Jurgen Klopp’s side eked out a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s high-flyers.
After bagging a quick-fire hat-trick at Ibrox, Mohamed Salah halted a five-match scoring drought in the Premier League to inflict the first defeat of the season on Man City.
There’s no rest for the Merseyside heavyweights, with bottom-half West Ham United touching down in Liverpool on Wednesday to put their mini-revival to the test.
Unfortunately for the Reds, their bid to claim the Premier League title looks far-fetched as they head into midweek proceedings a whopping 14 points adrift of table-topping Arsenal.
Wednesday’s showdown against the Hammers is one of Liverpool’s three remaining league fixtures in October that could prove crucial to their effort to reignite their top-four hopes.
Since the two other October matches awaiting Klopp’s men come in the shape of relegation-battling Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, anything other than all nine points would be a massive upset.
Without further ado, let’s skip to the preview.
West Ham United, 19/10/2022
Tensions in Sunday’s mouth-watering match-up against Man City boiled over in the 86th minute when Klopp received a straight red, meaning he won’t be in the dugout for West Ham’s upcoming visit to Anfield.
In an interview with NBC Sports, the German manager explained what made him snap. Still, he’ll have to serve a one-game ban and skip the Hammers game.
Like Liverpool, West Ham have gone from strength to strength lately following a woeful Premier League start, racking up two wins and a draw across their last three league games.
However, Klopp’s men have only lost one of their last 49 home league meetings with their London counterparts (W36, D12), suggesting this might be a walk in the park after all.
Nottingham Forest, 22/10/2022
It took Forest over two decades to return to the Premier League, but their stay in England’s top-flight has already been compromised only ten rounds into the new season.
Nailed to the bottom of the standings, the Tricky Trees have not lived up to their epithet, having lost seven of their opening ten league games (W1, D2), including four of the last seven without scoring.
With manager Steve Cooper’s job up in the air, avoiding defeat against Liverpool at the City Ground would throw the 42-year-old a lifeline in Nottingham, yet that doesn’t seem plausible.
It’s hard to see the Reds not walking away with all three points.
Leeds United, 29/10/2022
Liverpool’s Premier League action this month caps off at home to underperforming Leeds on October 29.
Winless in their last six league encounters (D2, L4), Jesse Marsch’s men languish only one point clear of the relegation territory, meaning another scary season is on the cards.
Much of Leeds’ domestic problems have emanated from their lacklustre form outside Elland Road.
Since a 2-2 draw at Southampton on their opening Premier League travel, the Whites have lost three successive away league matches.
Nothing should change at Anfield, considering they’ve lost both visits to this venue since regaining top-flight status in 2020 via an aggregate score of 10-3.
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