Sears up for Liverpool

Freddie Sears is excited about the prospect of running out at Anfield this evening after the personal thrill of signing a new five-year contract.

The 19-year-old striker played at the famous old stadium as a youngster and would love to repeat the experience. "To play at Anfield is great, the atmosphere alone is unbelievable," he said. "I played there for my school, at under-14 level, so it will be great to go back there now with West Ham and as part of the first team. I am looking forward to it."

Confidence is high in the camp after the win at Sunderland and Sears sees no reason why the team cannot get a positive result. "It was not the greatest of games at Sunderland, but it was a good win. All the team have stuck together. Lately, we have been playing good football but not got the results. Hopefully we can push on now and take this into the Liverpool game."

While there is the desire for the team to collectively rise to the challenge, Sears is also hoping he will be able to maintain the progress made this campaign. "The aim is to try and be in the team week in week out, I am getting more chances and showing people what I can do. I am still learning though and trying to get better all the time."