West Ham’s inaugural season at the London Stadium has certainly left many disappointed, with the Hammers fighting off relegation rather than pushing for a spot in European competitions like they did last season.
Following Friday night’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Slaven Bilic’s side are now mathematically safe from the drop-zone after responding valiantly to the pressure in the last month- securing crucial victories against Spurs and Swansea City.
Mathematically, West Ham could still finish as high as eighth in the Premier League standings but their focus will be on securing a top-half finish, which will require further positive results in the final weeks of the campaign against Liverpool and Burnley.
Whilst a top-half finish wouldn’t erase the disappointments of their first campaign since leaving the Boelyn Ground, West Ham can take comfort in the fact their victory over Tottenham has likely ended the hopes of Mauricio Pochettino’s side winning the title and the Hammers can hand Liverpool a similar blow this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in danger of conceding their top-four spot following yesterday’s draw with Southampton and their advantage over Arsenal could be cut to just one point by the time the Reds kick-off against West Ham next weekend.
Failure to win would also see Liverpool hand the chance of Arsenal to leapfrog them in the following midweek, where the Gunners face their game in-hand against already relegated Sunderland, and West Ham can take great enjoyment out of scuppering the Reds’ plans.
Crushing the dreams of rival supporters would certainly lift the spirits around West Ham, who received a magnificent boost following Friday’s victory over Tottenham, and two more positive results would give the fans something to remember.
The victory over Tottenham will go down as a famous result in the early history of the London Stadium and a victory over Liverpool would do the same, whilst it would also show a fairly-depleted Hammers side can conquer some of the best in the league.
Should they follow up Friday’s win with another three points against Liverpool, spirits would be raised significantly ahead of next season and would give the Hammers something to build upon during the close-season.
With Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool struggling against sides in the bottom-half of the table this season, West Ham can take confidence in the Reds’ issues and the fact that the two sides drew 2-2 at Anfield back in December.
The pressure is on Liverpool ahead of this weekend, whilst West Ham have nothing left to fight for now apart from pride and the reduced pressure could potentially bring the best out of the Hammers in the final few weeks of the Premier League season.
West Ham also have history on their side ahead of next weekend’s clash, as Liverpool have won just one of their last seven against the Hammers- with their sole win coming at Anfield in January 2015.