Ten years ago Steven Gerrard broke mine and every other West Ham fan’s heart in the dying seconds of the FA Cup final.
Fast forward to 2016, and we meet them once ore. This time around, things are a lot different than what they were then. Liverpool have a much poorer quality squad than they did in 2006, and West Ham have the strogest and most talented squad I have seen in a very long time.
This season has also seen us break our long history of not winning at Anfield with a magnificent 3-0 drubbing in the early stages of the campaign. In our two league games against them we have a 5-0 aggregate lead.
On paper, the name Liverpool means a lot because of their history, but in reality, this season, West Ham have the better team and are in great form. We can go to Anfield tomorrow without fear, full of confidence and know that if our team plays to 100% of their capability we will win!
Payet, Valencia, Moses, Kouyate, Song, Ogbonna, Reid, Collins, Creswell, Adrian; I wouldnt replace any of them with any of Liverpool’s players. In fact if you had a combined starting XI of both teams, I cant see who out of their side could break into ours at the moment, such is the quality in the West Ham squad.
Our manager is also due a great deal of credit, the man has us playing some great football, going to places like the Etihad and Anfield expecting all three points rather than respecting the point. The players are a solid unit of friendship and hard work, they love the gaffer and respect him, there is a winning mentality within them that is rivaled only by trophey winning teams usually.
With an attitude such as that; one that ensures that the team will go out and try to win each and every single game they play, there is a strong foundation for glory.
Add to that, our last season at the Boleyn, our excellent run of form and the quality we have in our squad, this is the season to bring that cup back home where it belongs. This is as good a year as any to go for glory, no one will remember 2016 for finishing in the top 10, they will remember it for being our last year at Upton Park and our first at Stratford, and possibly, the year Super Slav brought us FA Cup glory.
It is very do-able, and we start with a trip to Anfield tomorrow.