Pellegrini eyeing Liverpool victory to boost Hammers and Man City

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Liverpool visits West Ham United on Monday afternoon with the Reds sitting two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.

Gomez appears to be out indefinitely, which means that Virgil van Dijk will have either Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren alongside him at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

"We haven't seen too many midfielders stepping up and cracking in a 30-yarder to turn a game in Liverpool's favour, just as Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso used to do when they were at their best".

Ince's opinion of Liverpool was always going to provoke a reaction from the club's fans and it's safe to say they're having none of it - after all, they still extended their lead against Leicester. Both Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum were out with knocks, while James Milner was forced to deputise at right-back due to injuries elsewhere. His Manchester City side of 2013/14 pipped the Merseyside club to the title by just two points in what was their closest-run challenge for the Premier League (until now.).

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Grey shirted, the Premier League leaders produced a performance to match the East London sky.

So it was after three minutes at the London Stadium, where any early West Ham trepidation was evaporated by the sight of Felipe Anderson slipping the ball sneeringly through the legs of Liverpool's bamboozled Naby Keita. He needs more time.

This meant that Joe Gomez would not be able to face West Ham United and also miss out Liverpool's Champions League clash vs Bayern Munich at Anfield. The 26-year-old is chasing the 50-goal mark for Liverpool in the Premier League and now has 48 strikes against his name after 60 matches. Add to that, the injuries to Samir Nasri and Marko Arnautovic, which have stacked the odds against them even more.

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