Date: 31st January 2019 at 6:30am
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OPINION

Considering their lead at the top of the Premier League table, Liverpool have a pretty favourable run-in as they look to secure their first-ever title.

Following their … against Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday night, the Reds travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Monday evening.

The Hammers are in a bit of a rut at the moment, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side having crashed out of the FA Cup to League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon before suffering a crushing 3-0 defeat by Wolves in midweek.

Pellegrini’s men are at an extremely low ebb, with the Chilean obviously frustrated with his squad and their performances in recent weeks.

Liverpool’s job on Monday looked to have been made even easier after star striker Marko Arnautovic limped out of Molineux wearing a protective boot, with fears that he had suffered a broken foot.

However, an update from BBC Sport reveals that the injury was much less serious than first feared, and the Austria international could return to face the Reds.

Obviously one player does not make a team, but the fact is that West Ham are pretty dependent on Arnautovic and his goals, with no one else coming close to his tally in recent months.

The Irons are a totally different prospect with and without the Austrian, who can be a game-changer, and Liverpool will be hoping that his injury has not recovered enough in time to face them on Monday.

The Reds will clearly still be confident in overcoming their opponents even if Arnautovic is playing, but his presence would definitely cause Jurgen Klopp a headache if he does end up recovering.