Lifting fragile Hammers will be a challenge for Moyes

Brian Jeeves

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David Moyes must somehow lift his West Ham United charges as they prepare to face a Liverpool side hurting after chief rivals Everton put a sizable dent in their Premier League title challenge.

The East Londoners followed their Europa League exit with a lifeless Premier League performance against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park which saw them slump to a 5-2 defeat.

The Hammers found themselves four goals down inside thirty-one minutes and had Palace taken a series of other chances, the setback could have been far more embarrassing for Moyes’s energy-sapped side. The Scotsman pulled no punches: “I’m really embarrassed and disappointed for the supporters,” he told www.whufc.com.

“We performed well on Thursday night, and we took praise for that, but today was as bad as I remember it being for a long time. We were atrocious, and we got what we deserved.

“The first thirty minutes were awful. We came here to try and be hard to beat, but the goals we conceded were extremely disappointing and we really shot ourselves in the foot.

“We didn’t defend, and we hardly got forward. I don’t think we crossed the halfway line for the first fifteen/twenty minutes.”

Moyes added: “We have no excuse.

“We’ve had a lot of games, and we didn’t have Jarrod, but we knew that and we needed to come here and be better.

“As a Premier League club, you have to have something about you. Every game is tough and we knew that coming here, but really it was just so, so bad.”

Jarrod Bowen missed the Selhurst Park thrashing but will be assessed ahead of the visit of second-placed Liverpool.

Similarly, defenders, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Nayef Aguerd are also rated 50/50, while George Earthy remains sideline following a head injury sustained during the London Stadium defeat to Fulham a fortnight ago.

Liverpool heads to the capital off the back of a Merseyside derby defeat, leaving their already fragile hopes of a second Premier League title looking extremely unlikely.

The Reds were beaten 2-0 at Goodis0on Park on Wednesday evening, leaving them three points shy of leaders Arsenal, while third-placed Manchester City are a point behind, but ready to strike with two games in hand.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his side’s recent patchy form, Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, said: “I didn’t expect that today but it happened. It’s not the greatest moment we are in but we have to play so we have to fight through. 

“We had that after the Fulham game but the two strikers who were in form, one is now injured and one is now hopefully a father. The game was always interrupted by free kicks for them and they go long. It’s tricky to defend.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool

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Brian Jeeves

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