West Ham manager David Moyes was filmed speaking with Jurgen Klopp yesterday before our game against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Hammers actually played really well against Liverpool, especially in the second-half, and were unlucky to lose the game 1-0 in the end.
West Ham were missing Declan Rice through illness but in fairness to the players on the night, we didn’t actually miss the 23-year-old too badly. Having said that, had he played…who’s to say we wouldn’t have beaten Liverpool?
Let’s just hope that he is back fit for our Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday night. We will definitely need Dec considering that he’s one of the few West Ham players who have experience of playing knockout games on the very biggest stage.
Rice stood out for England at the Euros in the summer and he will be relishing playing in The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. All of the other West Ham players will be excited as well but perhaps some of them may be a little daunted at the same time.
Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Lukasz Fabianski, Kurt Zouma, Alex Kral, Nikola Vlasic and Pablo Fornals all have history of playing European football but aside from those players, we are a very inexperienced team on the continent. And Moyes has lifted the lid on drawing information from someone who knows all about European knockout football.
David Moyes shares how he asked Jurgen Klopp for advice
The Scot and the German spoke extensively before the Liverpool vs West Ham clash at Anfield yesterday.
And Moyes opened up on how he asked Klopp for some tips ahead of Sevilla, as quoted by Football.London:
“I spoke to Jurgen before the game and he was very complimentary about our team and some of our players. I was asking Jurgen about Seville and he was telling me different things, I was trying to get some tips as he knows what it is like.”
Hopefully Klopp gave Moyes some interesting insights.
Sevilla was the hardest draw that West Ham could have got in the Europa League. The Hammers players proved last night at Anfield that they are capable of mixing it with the world’s best though.
And if we can compete with Liverpool, we certainly can cause Sevilla problems.
Roll on Thursday.