Big Sam unfazed over Anfield visit

Sam Allardyce is unfazed by West Ham's near 50-year wait for win at Anfield ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool.

Last Updated: 06/04/13 at 14:56 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Unfazed by West Ham's near 50-year wait

Sam Allardyce: Unfazed by West Ham's near 50-year wait

Sam Allardyce is unfazed by West Ham's near 50-year wait for victory at Anfield ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The Hammers hope to claim a first Anfield win since September 1963 by finding the away goals that have been lacking so far this season - and they must do so without Andy Carroll, who is blocked from playing against his parent club.

"Most of the time Liverpool were so much better than anybody else, you wouldn't have expected it," said Allardyce of the half-century wait.

"Other people have won there - West Brom and that - so they have slipped up now and again.

"You just hope when you go it's your turn to catch a big boy who slips up on the day.

"On any given day you hit your best form, then anybody can win any football match.

"It happens less often at some places like Anfield than it does others."

The Hammers beat West Brom 3-1 last weekend, with two goals from Carroll, to all but secure their Premier League survival.

Allardyce believes his side are capable of winning at European hopefuls Liverpool, but knows if they are not at their best they will be punished.

"We need to be on top form and we need to take our chances when they arrive," he said.

"If we don't life will be really tough at Anfield."

The evidence suggests West Ham's strikers - including Carroll - have been frustrating in front of goal this term, with Allardyce pointing to the form of winger Matt Jarvis.

Allardyce added: "It's nice to see one really good stat on our attacking play, with Matt Jarvis being the best and most successful crosser in the Barclays Premier League.

"The service is there, as I've been saying all season.

"What we haven't done is capitalise on that service, particularly from Matt and we should have scored more goals."

West Ham have 36 points entering the Liverpool fixture and a cautious Allardyce feels survival is within reach.

"We shouldn't be too concerned but we've still got that little way to go yet," he said.

"I think it will be a bit less (than 40 points), but we always have the magic 40.

"Historically when you look back the last team to go down with 40 was a long, long time ago - in fact it might have been West Ham with 42 (in 2003)."

For the Hammers to edge closer to 40 points at Anfield, they must stop Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan missed the return fixture in December, when Liverpool won 3-2, but has accumulated 22 goals this term.

Allardyce, who believes Suarez, Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Swansea's Michu are the leading player-of-the-year contenders, said: "We'll try our best to stop him. Tactically we will try to do that.

"But a player of his undoubted skill and determination means as much as we want to stop him, sometimes you simply cannot, because his ability is that good."


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