What a fantastic game we’ve got to kick off the New Year – it couldn’t be better and let me say straight away that the Hammers have a fabulous chance of scoring the double over Liverpool.
The Scousers have seen their form flatten recently and the brilliant turnaround against Southampton will have done the Irons confidence an enormous amount of good. It couldn’t be set up any better and I fancy us to win 1-0.
With the big players on their way back you have to fancy the Hammers to start picking up where they left off and none of us can wait to see Lanzini and Payet link up again.
Ok, Dimi may be a bit off the pace but his off the pace isn’t the same as other far lesser guys and his presence on the bench alone lifts the squad by 20 per cent.
On the pitch he will ensure that we hold possession far better than we have done recently. We know full well what he and Lanzini can do to team.
Liverpool like to play on the break away from home and will allow us plenty of the ball and try to restrict us to areas where we don’t hurt them.
In Coutinho and Benteke they have a couple of players who can hurt any team but I still believe we have enough and can complete that double.
It will be very important that we give nothing away cheaply and I think we will be fine. We’re on our way back from a lean spell which we have handled very well and back to back wins will be great.
I think we will get it.