Have West Ham midfield trio blown their chances of replacing stars at Liverpool?

Manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media during the Liverpool FC Press Conference at Anfield on August 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

A trio of West Ham United players have been linked with potential moves to Liverpool in the last year.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England.

West Ham midfielders Manuel Lanzini, Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate have all been linked with moves to Anfield at various times over the last couple of seasons.

With the long-term future of both Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can in serious doubt Jurgen Klopp was said to have been looking at Obiang - as reported by The Sun - and Lanzini (Daily Star).

Kouyate's name has also been mentioned with the Hammers resisting overtures to hold on to the trio during the summer as Liverpool repelled Barcelona's interest in Coutinho.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool FC reacts during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 21, 2017 in Seville,...

Can is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to discuss moves elsewhere with Juventus looking his most likely destination.

Meanwhile Barca have this week been tipped to renew their interest in Coutinho come January and Klopp has already been forced to fend off fresh speculation, as reported by Sky Sports.

But have the Hammers trio blown any chance of a potential move to Anfield with their woeful form so far this season?

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England.

David Moyes' side face an uphill battle to survive following the club's worst ever start to a Premier League season with just 10 points from 15 games.

There were signs of improvement in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last time out but West Ham realistically need to win eight or nine of their remaining 23 games to have any chance of staying up.

To do that their key trio Obiang, Kouyate and Lanzini will have to start performing. Fail to do so and any hopes of progressing their careers on Merseyside will surely be dashed.

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