Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool v West Ham

Michael Owen is expecting to see Liverpool beat West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening

Michael Owen is backing Liverpool to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men host the Hammers on Merseyside fresh from having booked their place in the League Cup final thanks to their dramatic penalty shootout win over Stoke City on Tuesday night.

The Reds have struggled to find consistent form since Klopp’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in October and edged to a thrilling 5-4 win at Norwich City in the Premier League last weekend.

Former Liverpool striker Owen is fully expecting to see the Reds put through their paces at Anfield by West Ham but is ultimately tipping the Merseyside outfit to win the game and progress to the next round.

Owen wrote on his blog for Colossus Bets: “I’m not sure that Liverpool would have been too happy to concede four goals at Norwich on Saturday, but Jurgen Klopp certainly looked a contented man when his side scored their fifth in injury time!

“They need to build on that win now – far too often they have followed up good wins with mediocre performances – and hopefully Klopp will put out a stronger side than he did when they beat Exeter 3-0 in the last round.

“They will need to, as even though they made it through to the Capital One Cup final on Tuesday night, the fact is they lost 1-0 at home in 90 minutes to Stoke.

“West Ham have already done the double over Liverpool this season by an aggregate of 5-0, and are a place and two points above them in the league too, but I just favour the home side 2-1.”

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Liverpool’s thrilling win at Norwich last weekend left the Reds in seventh place in the Premier League table.

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