Hammers hoping the winds of change sweep through Anfield

Liverpool v West Ham United – Carabao Cup Quarter-Final – Anfield – Wednesday (8pm) – Preview

West Ham United need to turn the formbook upside down if they are to progress through to the semi-final stages of the Carabao Cup.

The Hammers head to Liverpool for a Wednesday evening tie in the knowledge they have only tasted victory once at Anfield since 1963.

Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho found the net as the East Londoners recorded a 3-0 Premier League success at the Red’s home on August 29, 2015, the only one in fifty-five visits. Before that, you need to go back to September 14, 1963, when future World Cup winners, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst scored for West Ham, and Roger Hunt for Liverpool in a 2-1 Division One victory on Merseyside.

With matches coming thick and fast over the festive period, David Moyes could be tempted to make changes to his starting eleven. Moyes’s assistant, Billy McKinlay spoke to www.whufc.com ahead of the tie: “There is confidence because I think we’ve had a decent run over the last eight or nine games,” he explained.

“In the last two games in particular we’ve put in good performances. We followed up Freiburg with obviously a good performance in the win against Wolves, which was always a tough game, so we’re in a good place in a busy period.

“You’ve just got to keep going as the football is relentless. The level of success brings that, the amount of games, the level of games, the quality of the opposition, so we’re enjoying that.

“We’re rising to the challenge, hopefully, so we need to keep working hard, keep our feet on the ground and keep going, and that’s what we’ll do.”

“On that woeful Anfield record, McKinlay added: “Anfield is a really difficult place to go, as our record suggests, and if it was the same group of players who had been going there for the last 60 years then we’d be in trouble!

“So, we’ve got a new group of players going up there and there is no reason to have any trepidation and we won’t have any mindset other than ‘this will be a tough game and we’re going to have to play well to win the game’.

“Our record is not great there, but hopefully we’ll change that.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

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Brian Jeeves

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