West Ham boss Slaven Bilic targets Liverpool scalp with Premier League survival assured
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 13/05/17 1:54pm
West Ham have already spoiled Tottenham's season and now Slaven Bilic has his sights set on ruining Liverpool's.
Spurs saw their title hopes dashed when they were beaten 1-0 by the Hammers at the London Stadium last week.
Next up for Bilic's side is a visit from Liverpool - live on Sky Sports - with Jurgen Klopp's side desperately needing a win to keep their Champions League qualification bid on track.
West Ham are now safe from relegation and are unbeaten in five matches, with boss Bilic now targeting back-to-back top-four scalps.
"It's a big game for us, of course, we want to continue our form," he said. "Results-wise it's even bigger for them because they have to win to keep it in their hands.
"But we don't care about their wishes or what aims they have. I am really expecting a big game for us with the same kind of adrenaline and motivation as it was against Spurs.
"I know it's going to be very hard because Spurs was a bit different, but I've told the players already 'it's Liverpool at home, it's our last home game of the season - it can't be any bigger'.
"If you are playing Liverpool in front of 60,000 people it's the best situation, and now we can switch off the radios - we don't have to watch the Saturday games praying or hoping or with a Rosary in our hands.
"That's a positive thing, if we are comparing the game against Spurs. Now we are relaxed - and not in a negative way - I am expecting us to be even better than we were against Spurs."
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Liverpool have been in and around the top four all season, but with Manchester City and Arsenal on their tails, one of the big guns will have to miss out.
Reds skipper James Milner this week admitted he would feel 'sick' if Liverpool ultimately failed to qualify for the Champions League and Bilic acknowledged the pressure their opponents are under.
"Every league is difficult but here you have maybe six clubs that are expecting to win the title and for them not to get in the Champions League, it's a failure of course," he added.
I am really expecting a big game for us with the same kind of adrenaline and motivation as it was against Spurs.
"But one of them will not make it. So for Liverpool, I don't know their media, their expectations or whatever, but they are a big club and they have been up there for the whole season.
"I think they will be very disappointed if they don't make it - but then if they do make it they will definitely present it as a massive achievement, which it is, in this kind of league."
Watch West Ham v Liverpool, part of a Super Sunday triple-bill. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 2:15pm.