It’s a sobering thought that those crowded into the Boleyn this evening could be watching West Ham’s last ever Cup game under those famous old lights.
It has of course been mentioned many times in the build-up to a game which has all the hallmarks of a real thriller which I’m taking the Irons to edge 3-2 after extra time.
We need to start fast and press a Liverpool team who for all their possession in the first match carried little goal threat.
Tonight I think and hope it will be a lot different as the Hammers set about another match which could end with an FA Cup Final victory in their last year at this fabulous old stadium.
Some believe that Andy Carroll should start. I don’t! For me West Ham are at their best when they are using fast and mobile players. I can’t, like everybody else, wait to see Sakho and Lanzini back.
I like Andy and I can see some arguing he would worry their goalkeeper Mingolet who is certainly not of the very top quality.
He worries if he makes a mistake and isn’t as calm and composed as the very best so it’s important to keep him under pressure.
However, despite that he can blow hot and cold I’d go with Enner Valencia up front and should Dimi Payet come back to his very best we have the flair to unpick a nervous Liverpool defence.
Having been pulled back from two up by Sunderland at the weekend they won’t be over confident and I believe we will have too much for them tonight