Leroy gives his Irons v Liverpool verdict



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

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnboy says:

    Moses is the problem for me ! I would start with carol up top and use Valencia out wide with Antonio and payet in the 10 role, noble and kouyzte need to be more creative and not depend on payet , we need more crosses into the box for carol to bully and knock down balls or score , as well as the slick stuff ! On moses I think he is a huge dissapointment with his all round play ! Crap really ! I wouldn’t want to see moses and job on our right flank ! Totally suspect for playing Liverpool ! They will exploit them big time !! IMO. Antonio needs to help job as he has been doing since being a regular !

  • canchaz says:

    They need to get this win for the cup is now our only real chance for a bit of glory, Saturday being another bit of proof we don’t have enough to challenge the top teams

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