Arsenal midfield favourite Paul Merson, who won two domestic league titles with the Gunners, doubts Liverpool's sustainability at the top of the Premier League despite their impressive winning streak, the tactical nous of manager Brendan Rodgers and the individual form of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.
"They've done brilliant to get to this position," commented Merson in his weekly prediction column for Sky Sports, before claiming that their hot run will end at West Ham United as the East Londoners, playing at their home Boleyn Ground, will get the ball from front to back in swift manner while citing Andy Carroll as a difference-maker in this fixture.
He said: "Liverpool are not my favourites for the title, but it would be a phenomenal feat if they do it. At the start of the season they needed to pull up trees just to get into the top four, so they’ve done brilliantly to get to this position, but I think the winning run could end here because this is a very hard game.
"People think they’ve just got to turn up to win games, but it won’t be like that. West Ham will get the ball forward quickly, Andy Carroll will cause problems and they will be very disciplined; it won’t be like Tottenham who just laid down and made it easy for them!"
As well as Carroll potentially facing his former club Liverpool, Glen Johnson returns to his old manor and the roaming right back has scored thrice from his last five Premier League outings against the Hammers. The form in this match also favours the visitors as, from their last ten meetings, Liverpool have lost just once, winning seven and drawing twice - a result Merson believes will occur this weekend; 1-1.
He concluded: "The longer this game goes on the more nervous they might get and I think it will be a draw.
"I’ve seen this so many times – a team is rolling along and it just takes one bad result. The pressure will be on them because they are playing last of the three teams and that’s not nice."