Liverpool have, in Alex Roger’s words, had a schizophrenic season. It is often impossible to gauge whether what to expect from the Reds, be it exhilarating football or boring and stagnant play.
This came to a head once again at Anfield last weekend when Liverpool hosted Southampton. The Saints frustrated the Reds for the fourth time this season and Jürgen Klopp’s side failed to score for the fourth consecutive fixture against Claude Puel’s outfit.
A week later and Liverpool switch focus to West Ham with the London Stadium beckoning.
The Hammers are another team to have frustrated Liverpool this season, stealing two points earlier in the season at Anfield.
With two games to go, those two games could prove costly with the race for Champions League football tighter than ever before.
With West Ham recording their highest-ever finish last season, how does that compare to the disappointing campaign of this season?
Last season was incredible, I spent most of the season in disbelief and feeling slightly uncomfortable with us performing so well, as sadly I just wasn’t used to it.
It would have been another massive overachievement had we continued that form, but I must say this season has been tougher than I was expecting. I think us fans have most certainly been brought back down to earth with a bang and we wish we could go back in time.
With the departure of the incredibly talented Dimitri Payet in January, how would you say that impacted the rest of the season as a result and if the signings you made in January were enough to fill the void left by Payet?
I was gutted when Bilic announced that Payet wanted to leave, however, it soon became evident that he had been a real negative influence around the club and actually the best thing for everyone was for him to leave.
We lost our best player, but we gained a team. As for January, in short, no. I don’t believe we have had the greatest of transfer windows recently and January was no different. Without a doubt, the Payet void was not filled, but Lanzini has thankfully stepped up instead and we can now forget about Payet.
With many rumours linking West Ham with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, would you take him or does his abysmal injury record deter you despite his undeniable quality?
I rate Sturridge as a player, however, I would be frustrated and disappointed if we were to sign him.
There is no doubting his ability and in all honesty, he is the type of player we have so desperately needed, but West Ham has had (and are still having) too many long-term injury problems.
We ruled out Charlie Austin because of his injury record and to buy Sturridge would be catastrophic. We have already bought one too many injury prone players from you, thanks!
From a West Ham point of view, what is your take on Liverpool’s topsy-turvy season?
Liverpool have surprised me this season. Back in August I thought they would have a fairly good season and currently sitting in 3rd position, they definitely are. However, the surprising part for me was how many ‘easy games’ were lost.
If they had won just a few more of those winnable games (including Swansea, Hull and Crystal Palace), they would no doubt be guaranteeing Champions League football next season and definitely finishing above Tottenham, which everyone enjoys doing.
What do you expect to see today?
I will be honest: I never know what to expect from West Ham. As mentioned previously about Liverpool’s topsy-turvy season, West Ham can be very similar.
It could go one of two ways, if we turn up and play with the same passion and commitment as we did against Tottenham, then we have a chance of getting a good result, but I worry that with West Ham not having as much to play for and a Champions League place up for grabs for Liverpool, it could be a disheartening end to the end of our home season.
With the season almost to an end, how do you feel West Ham has performed and if a bottom half finish in the league table reflects how you’ve played?
West Ham have had some awful results this season and overall I would say it has been a bit of a letdown. However, if we manage to get a few points from our next two games, we could finish in the top half of the table, which is quite astounding considering we were concerned about relegation just over a week ago.
Looking at the season as a whole, I think an 11/12th place finish would be a true reflection of West Ham’s season. You never know though, a result against Liverpool and Burnley and we could finish 9th!