High-flying Liverpool can move to second

LIVERPOOL • With Manchester United and Chelsea going head-to-head tomorrow in a "six-pointer" and the top-four race on the home stretch, Liverpool can climb to second in the Premier League - at least temporarily - by beating West Ham at home today.

Jurgen Klopp's men have only lost once in their last 18 league matches and have an opportunity to move into a position they have not occupied since August.

They are riding high after smashing Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie last week. They will fancy their chances of automatic qualification with an ideal run-in - with nine of their 11 league games against teams in ninth place or below.

And Klopp has revealed that he has a fully fit squad to pick from apart from Nathaniel Clyne, who returned to training this week after a long-term injury.

"It's really hard at the moment to make the squad," Klopp told the club's TV channel, LFCTV.

"I've never had a situation like that. It's difficult but that's good for us."

His third-placed side are unbeaten at home in the league this season but are winless at home against the Hammers since January 2015.

But West Ham manager David Moyes has not won in 14 visits to Anfield.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'High-flying Liverpool can move to second'. Subscribe