Klopp thinking about Hammers, not trophies

Liverpool (11/4 Premier League Outright) boss Jurgen Klopp says it would be foolish for him to look any further than his side’s next game in their pursuit of additional silverware.

The Reds won their first domestic trophy under the German last Sunday as they defeated Chelsea on penalties to claim the EFL Cup and look to be finding their feet at the perfect time.

Wednesday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Norwich took their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions. That streak has not just seen them win the League Cup and reach the last eight of the FA Cup (13/5 FA Cup Outright).

They also hold a 2-0 advantage over Inter Milan heading into Tuesday’s last-16 second leg (4/1 Champions League Outright), while they are also now six points behind Manchester City in the Premier League, having played a game less.

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It could be an exciting spring into summer for Liverpool but Klopp knows he and his players cannot overlook any opposition, especially the side they host on Saturday at 17:30 (Match Betting – Liverpool 3/10, Draw 5/1, West Ham 10/1).

The Hammers outfought them in the reverse fixture, deservedly winning 3-2 at the London Stadium in November and begin the weekend sat fifth in the Premier League table.

Manager David Moyes has failed to taste victory in 17 previous trips to Anfield as a coach but his team have shown signs of improvement in their quest for just their club’s second league win at the stadium since 1963, losing by a single goal on their last two visits.

They are expected to have Tomas Soucek (11/1 Anytime Goalscorer) available after he went off with a facial injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Southampton, while Liverpool should be able to call upon Curtis Jones (19/5), who was withdrawn at half-time against the Canaries with a calf problem.

While talk of a quadruple has been doing the rounds within the media, Klopp insists there is nothing of the sort in his mind.

Instead, he is keen to take things one game at a time, with Saturday’s teatime kick-off against West Ham his immediate focus.

“The only thing I think about is West Ham then Inter and Brighton and whatever,” he told reporters. “They’re all so difficult to play, I cannot think about what we can win at the end.

“We are, obviously, not in the worst moment, but there are so many challenges ahead of us that I don’t feel in a chasing mood, or whatever, I just feel that we are hopefully ready tomorrow to face West Ham in a better way than we did when we played them there (at the London Stadium).”

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