Pablo Zabaleta targets Liverpool scalp to boost Europa League hopes

Pablo Zabaleta targets Liverpool scalp to boost Europa League hopes

Pablo Zabaleta targets Liverpool scalp to boost Europa League hopes

Premier League leaders Liverpool make the trip to the capital on Monday night to take on West Ham United in a huge match, but they will be without a couple of defenders for the contest. Both Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum were out with knocks, while James Milner was forced to deputise at right-back due to injuries elsewhere.

Up ahead, the trifecta of leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's hero against Leicester Sadio Mane and the industrious Roberto Firmino are guaranteed starters, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge providing Klopp options from the bench.

"It doesn't matter [what was said], Klopp is used to winning [with] goals offside", Pellegrini said.

"We draw because they scored a goal that was a metre and half offside". A win for the Reds could potentially see them move 10 points clear of City, depending on their result against Arsenal on Sunday.

A win for Liverpool could have given them a five-point cushion over the defending champions, but instead City could go top on goal difference should Pep Guardiola's men beat Everton on Wednesday.

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Liverpool would have been happy to reach half time level, although they nearly produced a smash-and-grab second shortly before the interval when Mane got across his man and glanced Milner's free kick into the arms of Fabianski.

The reason being that the Reds were given four corners in the first half to West Ham's one.

Liverpool's title bid took another hit on Monday evening after a disappointing 1-1 draw at West Ham.

However, the 51-year-old manager has since given a more worrying update since. That's the truth. Of course, you need players fit and available, that helps a bit. Add to that, the injuries to Samir Nasri and Marko Arnautovic, which have stacked the odds against them even more. Before that, Liverpool went 11 games while allowing two goals just once.

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