Liverpool could go top of the Premier League table on Saturday if they can beat in-form West Ham United at Anfield.
The current Champions currently lie in second behind cross-city rivals Everton, with only goal difference separating the two sides who are level on points.
It has certainly been an eventful month for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who began October with a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa before a last gasp winner in the Merseyside Derby with Everton was chalked off by VAR.
To further compound the struggle, talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk was left with a serious knee injury that required surgery during the derby and is expected to spend months out of the side.
Still, the sign of a top side is how they fight through adversity, and despite Liverpool’s setbacks, they have easily been the most consistent of the ‘top 6’ Premier League sides so far this season.
For opponents West Ham, they appear to have discovered a new swagger and banished last season’s woes which saw them flirt close to relegation.
With emphatic wins over Wolves and Leicester – both contenders for a Europa League berth this season – the Hammers then snatched the most unlikely of draws against Tottenham after being 3-0 down, with a late second-half flurry securing them a point.
Furthermore, Manchester City also struggled to pierce West Ham’s will as they too could only settle for a point against David Moyes’ men.
Recent form then will surely give the London club an added air of confidence against Liverpool, who will not only be missing Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but could also be without makeshift centre half Fabinho due to a thigh injury.
The Reds are awaiting the results of a scan on a hamstring issue but it looks increasingly unlikely he will play any part against West Ham. Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are also both suffering with knocks and are rated 50-50 to play.
The Hammers have no such injury woes, with David Moyes having a near fully fit squad to choose from – only Michail Antonio is a doubt with a tight hamstring.
A win for Liverpool over West Ham will put them top – at least until Sunday when Everton and Aston Villa are both in action.
Victory for West Ham could take them into the top 4 if they win at Anfield – kick off is at 17.30 on Saturday 31st October.