Sam Allardyce insisted that West Ham must be defensively sound, well-drilled and disciplined when they play Liverpool at Anfield tonight, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT this morning.
The Hammers are currently sitting inside the bottom three, and are one point adrift of safety.
The Reds, meanwhile, are flying, having dropped just two points in the Premier League all season long.
David Moyes’s side will have their work cut-out, if they are to take a positive result with them back to east London tonight.
And Allardyce has urged the Scot not to bow down to fan pressure to be adventurous at Anfield.
The 65-year-old is the last manager to lead his team to a win away at Liverpool in the Premier League. He guided his Crystal Palace side to a 2-1 win at Anfield in April 2017.
And Allardyce told talkSPORT how West Ham must be cautious against the Reds tonight:
“It’s impossible to go to Anfield and play out from the back, because they are such a high pressing side. When you get a set-piece don’t waste it. The way forward is to contain the opposition and to stop them scoring. And if you don’t stop the goals going in at Anfield, you are not going to get a result.”
Allardyce does have a point. And there is nothing wrong with setting your team up to be difficult to beat.
The problem comes when you do not select players in the final third who can hurt the opposition.
For example, Moyes’s lineup for West Ham against Manchester City last Wednesday had no pace, aside from Michail Antonio, making counter attacking football a near impossibility.
So there needs to be some give and take.
The Hammers have more than enough in their Arsenal to hurt Liverpool. It’s just a matter of whether Moyes chooses to unleash it.