Liverpool have beaten all 18 of the sides they’ve faced in the Premier League this season – the only side they are yet to record victory over is West Ham.
The game, which was originally supposed to be played on 21 December, has been rescheduled and another record beckons for the Premier League leaders.
Liverpool last beat every league side they faced in the 1895/96 season in the second tier – they won the league that year – and have never achieved the feat in the top flight.
And it does not look good for West Ham or manager David Moyes, with the Hammers winless in six Premier League matches against Liverpool since winning 2-0 in January 2016 under Slaven Bilic.
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Moyes took charge of a club attempting to stay in the Premier League and must put out a team to try and stop Liverpool making it 40 league games unbeaten
- Liverpool lost their first two away games – both at Upton Park – against West Ham under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions but have won two of their subsequent three (D1) – all at the London Stadium.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 21 Premier League matches played on Wednesday (W15 D6) since losing 1-3 against Stoke City in December 2012. Klopp has managed 14 games on the day without losing (W9 D5), more than any other manager in Premier League history has managed on a specific day without tasting defeat.
- West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances under David Moyes this season – during the Scotsman’s first spell in charge in 2017/18, Noble scored just four times in 22 games.
- Liverpool surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday – the Reds haven’t gone two games without a win in all competitions since February 2019, drawing with Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
- Among the 86 managers who have managed 10 or more away Premier League games in London, Klopp has the second-best win percentage of any manager (61 per cent, 14 wins in 23), behind only Pep Guardiola (74 per cent).
- West Ham’s Michail Antonio has scored in four of his five Premier League appearances against Liverpool, netting four goals; only Jamie Vardy (7) and Harry Kane (5) have scored more goals against Klopp’s Liverpool than Antonio’s tally of four.
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored in his first four Premier League games in London for the Reds (five goals) but has since failed to find the net in his last nine matches in the capital.
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“West Ham fights for staying in the league and that’s what it looks like. It will be a big fight, they will fight with all they have,” Jurgen Klopp said.
“It will be a rather defensive line-up [from West Ham]. If it’s four in the back or five in the back, I don’t know, but we have to be ready for a big fight. They want to strike back, they have a tough programme coming up, everybody knows that. They have no points to waste, no time to waste.
“We have to keep up, if not set the intensity level and do some smart things with possession as well. That’s a big challenge.”
West Ham boss David Moyes, who has lost 16 Premier League games against Liverpool, said the challenge – the Reds are unbeaten in 39 league matches – is one the club should attempt to relish.
“Trying to be the first team to beat Liverpool is something we must try to do.
“There are very little [weaknesses] in a team that wins the Champions League.”
Moyes has only lost more against Arsenal (17), with his 11 per cent win ratio against Liverpool (three wins in 27 games) his worst against any side he’s faced more than once in the Premier League.
Other teams to have beaten every other club in a completed top-flight season
1888/89: Preston – 11 teams faced
1889/90: Preston – 11 teams faced
1891/92: Bolton – 13 teams faced
1891/92: Sunderland – 13 teams faced
1909/10: Aston Villa – 19 teams faced
1969/70: Everton – 21 teams faced
1984/85: Everton – 21 teams faced
2005/06: Chelsea – 19 teams faced
2010/11: Man United – 19 teams faced
2017/18: Man United – 19 teams faced
2017/18: Man City – 19 teams faced
2018/19: Man City – 19 teams faced