West Ham visit Liverpool on Saturday upon resumption of Premier League action, and the Hammers will hope to cause another upset against a top 6 side, having gotten favorable results against Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
The visitors are looking to attain safety soon enough, with 11 games to go, and are set to fully rely on the striking services of Javier Hernandez till May.
The Mexican international has been in a rich vein of form in front of goal of recent, scoring thrice and assisting another in his last 4 league appearances for West Ham.
Chicharito is expected to continue leading the line for the Hammers when they visit Anfield, and with 2 goals in 5 EPL games to his name against Liverpool during his Manchester United days, all eyes will be on the 29-year-old.
While the veteran hitman is eagerly looking forward to the mouthwatering clash, he expects a hostile reception from the Reds faithful, given his history as a former Manchester United star.
Mexico’s highest goalscorer of all time told West Ham’s website ahead of the clash:“We are going to try to do the same or even better as we did in the last game against Watford at home.
“We know Liverpool have a squad with plenty of world-class players, which they proved in the Champions League, and they want to keep fighting for a better position in the Premier League, so we need to be in our best shape and give our best performance to win.
“This is always the case against the best six teams, but you saw us produce pretty good performances against Chelsea and Tottenham recently, so hopefully we can do it again and take the three points.
“These types of games are the ones we all look forward to. We don’t want to be disrespectful to all the other teams, because there are no easy games in the Premier League, whether you are playing against a top side or a team battling relegation, but playing against Liverpool at Anfield is the sort of game all the players want to play in.”
“I don’t think (I’ll receive a warm reception), not with my past!
“I don’t think I’ll be welcome over there, but that’s football and part of something which makes this sport so interesting.”
The desire to impress in such a high-profile encounter and also get one over on the Liverpool fans will very likely spur Chicharito into giving his best.
Apart from his 2 league strikes against Jurgen Klopp’s men, the former Bayer Leverkusen star broke the hearts of Liverpudlians by netting the only goal that dumped them out of the third round of the League Cup in 2013.
Hernandez has always had the last laugh against the Reds, and history can repeat itself on Saturday, if he helps West Ham to all 3 points with his goal(s) or/and assist(s).
His current form suggests that could be the case, and a great result will only further boost the club’s safety chances.