James Tomkins is determined to get something from Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool - whatever the odds.

West Ham United go to Anfield as 8/1 outsiders to secure their first win there in exactly 50 seasons, having suffered a hugely frustrating 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening.

West Ham's last win at Anfield came in the shape of a 2-1 Division One victory on 14 September 1963. While the Hammers are outsiders to repeat that success and a 4/1 shot just to grab a draw against Brendan Rodgers' men, Tomkins would love nothing more than to make history this weekend.

"It was a disappointing game on Tuesday," he confirmed. "Looking back at it, we could have scored from a couple of chances and obviously the goal we conceded was disappointing from our point of view.

"We just have to be upbeat and keep going, because that's all we can do. There is a game on Saturday at Liverpool. We got a good result [a goalless draw] at their place last season and hopefully we can get more of the same."

While December started on a low at Selhurst Park, West Ham will contest a further five Barclays Premier League matches this month, as well as a Capital One Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur. With so much still to play for in 2013, Tomkins said the Hammers cannot afford to take their eye off the ball.

"I think our league position is really important at the minute and improving that is our main target," he said. "We have a lot of games coming up in a short space of time and we're going to need the whole squad to get together at this time.

"The cup game is in the distance really. We're looking at Liverpool on Saturday now and it's really important we turn a bad result on Tuesday into something positive."

Tomkins was part of the side that held Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and company at bay in April and he is naturally relishing the opportunity to halt the Reds again this weekend.

"Everybody definitely wants to play against the top players and it's no different for myself," he confirmed. "That's how you test yourself, by playing against world-class players, and that's what Liverpool have got.

"We know we have got a good away result this season at Spurs, so we know it can happen against a team like Liverpool. They are doing well, but they are certainly a team we can beat on our day, don't get me wrong.

"We're going to stay positive for the weekend."