Guy Demel is relishing the prospect of pitting himself against Liverpool's talented personnel, as West Ham United get set for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Anfield.

The Hammers full-back is not planning to underestimate the threat posed by the much-vaunted Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and co, but is every bit up for the challenge.

Indeed, the 3-2 defeat in December's reverse fixture still rankles with the Ivorian and he has every intention of making amends come the weekend.


"I came to the Premier League to face big players, to play the best players in the world, because it's the best league in the world," Demel told West Ham TV. "To play against Suarez or Coutinho is a challenge, but you want to compete against the best to see how good you are.

"At home, I think we were much better than them, yet they went back with the three points. So we have to keep that in the back of our minds and try to punish them.

"It's going to be a different game. We're playing away, we all know that we've had problems away from home and going to Anfield is never easy, especially right now. I think they are playing good football and getting results.

"If we could win there it would be really nice because I'd be writing history for West Ham. To be fair a draw would be fantastic, but it's not impossible to beat Liverpool.  

Reflecting on Saturday's convincing 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, Demel was impressed with West Ham's showing in both penalty areas. Though he expects a somewhat sterner test on Sunday, the 31-year-old reckons confidence is king when it comes to fixtures of this import.

"It was really nice to see Andy score twice and it was really important to score three goals because it gives us confidence up front, which will help us for the next couple of games," he added.

"We may not have as many chances at Liverpool as we did against West Brom, but if you've got the confidence and the killer mentality to put the ball in the back of the net, then it will be really helpful.

"It's always pleasing to be good and solid defensively, but we've proved throughout the season that we can be good as a team defensively. Because it's always as a team, we defend as a team and we attack as a team."

Meanwhile, Demel has high hopes for the remainder of the campaign, maintaining that he and his teammates are worthy of a top-half Premier League finish.

"I think our season could have been even better if we had a bit of luck, but we still have eight games to go. I think at the end of the season we can be proud and finish the season in the top ten, because I think that's where we belong."

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