West Ham clearly do not have the same history at Anfield as Everton or Manchester United, where Moyes previously managed, but it is a point in the season where both teams have major goals. “We’re prepared, we’re ready for the game,” Moyes said. “I see it as a hugely difficult game, but I also see it as, ‘one of these times I’m going to go to Anfield and win’. And I’m going to give it a really good chance that it could be this time. If we get the ball in the right positions we can worry about them, but that’s if we can get the ball. Liverpool are very good at pressing. They have a lot of risk in their game, but they have huge rewards because they are so good at it. We have to think, ‘Can we exploit their weaknesses?’ There aren’t many.”
One added concern has been the fixture scheduling, with Sunday’s 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers followed by their midweek FA Cup defeat at Southampton and now the journey to Liverpool across six days. “We are not pleased with the Premier League – three games in six days is not correct,” Moyes said.
West Ham will also be without Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko who is not judged match-ready following Russia’s invasion of his country. “We want to give him every opportunity to do everything he can for his family,” Moyes said.
Jurgen Klopp: I’ll stay at Liverpool if I have the energy levels for it
By Chris Bascombe
Jurgen Klopp says he will only commit to Liverpool beyond his current deal if he has the energy to continue driving the club forward. Klopp’s contract runs for another two years, at which point he plans to walk away from the Premier League. The German coach will have spent nine years on Merseyside by then.
“If I decide to leave in 2024, it has nothing to do with the quality of the squad: ‘My God, I have to manage them’ or ‘Oh my God, I’d better stop managing them’. It’s nothing to do with that,” said Klopp.
Asked to elaborate on what his chief consideration will be, he added: “If I have the energy levels for it. It is important. I love what I do but I’ve told you a couple of times there must be something else out there in the world apart from always thinking about very well, properly skilled, good looking, fantastically nice players.
“But I really don’t think about it. At the moment I am full of energy but we have to – I have to – make sure that is the case because I don’t want to sit around and be more tired than not and think ‘wow, why is everyone bothered about the things out there because I couldn’t care less?’”
It is the first time since he penned his last deal in December 2019 that Klopp has spoken so openly about his intentions.
“All we do is for the long term,” said Klopp. “This club must be even better, especially when I am not here any more, and that’s the plan. That’s what we are working on. It’s not so important how long I will stay. It is much more important what we do until then.”
Liverpool will be relaxed about Klopp’s remarks. The trust between him and FSG President Michael Gordon – who deal with the day-to-day running of the club – has been the bedrock of Liverpool’s recent success. The ownership group would extend Klopp’s deal in a heartbeat if he wanted it. As was the case in 2019, there will be no pressure exerted to force Klopp into making a commitment. Equally, Klopp’s comments indicate if he does sense he has gone as far as he can, he will give Gordon, chairman Tom Werner and principal John W. Henry all the notice they require to put a succession plan in place.
As he prepared for Saturday’s visit of West Ham United, Klopp’s words were open to interpretation for those positive and negative about his chances of signing another deal. He said he has no immediate plans to do so and spoke about leaving a legacy. But the manager never ruled out staying, indicating he was prepared to wait until near the end of his terms to decide.
“When I talk about the plan I mean for the future of the club,” he said. “My future will be ok. I don’t have to plan. I could book last minute – let’s put it like this. It is not a problem. No, the plan is the future of the club. That is what we are constantly working on – that everything is in place. So many things we’ve tried to improve over the years, just doing the right things, employing the right people, putting them in the right positions.It doesn’t mean you win the title, it just means you have the right people for the right job so use them and that’s what we try.These people – a lot of them here at the moment – are part of the plan that things will be good.
“The plan at the moment is to go until 2024 (and then) thank you very much.”