Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: We can handle the pressure of top four

And with the recent defeat to Palace and the dire goalless draw against Southampton last weekend, Wijnaldum does not have to look too far for the warning signs.

"I don't think we will be [nervous]", Klopp added.

"I was happy to have the opportunity to bring him on the pitch". According to WhoScored ratings he is West Ham's third best player having scored 8 goals and assisted two in 33 appearances.

Sam Byram has started six of West Ham United's last eight matches.

Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana could be unleashed in Liverpool's must-win game against West Ham United, Jurgen Klopp has hinted. We will see. You need to be ready for the final moments. It was not my fault.

"I think they will be very disappointed if they don't make it, but then if they make it, they will definitely present it as a massive achievement, which it is, in this kind of league". He's an instinctive footballer and a fantastic striker. "We have a stable squad with a good basis", he said. "I would love that to happen", the manager admitted. "Now he's there, and that's all good". With just a year remaining on his contract at club-side Gremio, the forward is understood to have turned down the offer of a new deal and will likely leave in the coming months.

That they are still hopeful of Champions League qualification this season speaks volumes about their dominant first half of the season.

"But one of them will not make it".

The Hammers are on a five-game unbeaten run, drawing three and winning one other match, and there is every chance the club could finish in the top-10 of the Premier League if they take maximum points from the last two outings.

And Upson, who captained West Ham during a four-year spell at Upton Park, believes Slaven Bilic's men should be pushing for a European spot again next season.

"It [the match] is as significant as the last few games", the Liverpool boss said.

"If you are playing Liverpool in front of 60,000 people it's the best situation, and now we can switch off the radios - we don't have to watch the Saturday games praying or hoping or with a Rosary in our hands".

  • Julie Sanders