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With a top-class performance in midweek, Liverpool will be aiming for more of the same against West Ham tomorrow. – Reuters

JURGEN Klopp described Liverpool’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in midweek as “near perfect”.

The German manager might need a similar performance if the Merseysiders are to win in England’s capital tomorrow and keep in touch with league leaders Chelsea – more so, after they dropped points in the draw with Brighton last weekend.

The second-placed Reds will know well enough that West Ham, whom they lead by two points and are two rungs ahead on the table in fourth spot, will be a difficult proposition at London Stadium.

David Moyes’ team is playing as well as they have in a really long time.

They won each of their last five outings before Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie.

To put things in perspective, that run included a London derby victory over Spurs in the Premier League, knocking holders Man City out of the Carabao League Cup and crushing Aston Villa on their own turf in the Premiership last weekend.

Prior to those games, the Hammers beat Everton in the league and Genk in the UEFA Europa League. They have been nothing short of resilient so far this season.

But Liverpool should pose a tough test. The Reds were indeed impressive in the 2-0 win over Diego Simeone’s side.

Mohamed Salah might not have been on the score sheet, but Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane were on hand to seal the deal with two telling strikes.

While delighted with the result, Klopp was concerned about Roberto Firmino, who had come on for Mane in the second half, but then had to be withdrawn because of injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, recalled to the England set-up for this month’s World Cup qualifiers, underscored his return to form with an outstanding performance, highlighted by the assists in both goals.

Going into tomorrow’s match, Liverpool are unbeaten in 25 matches in all competitions, and remain the only side in the Premier League who have yet to lose this season.

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