'It'll be a really tough game'

Matt Jarvis says West Ham United will be raring to go when they welcome Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

The Hammers' back-to-back wins over Hull City and Sunderland have lifted them onto 37 points and up to eleventh place with six matches still to play.

For those reasons, and with a capacity Boleyn Ground roaring them on against the Reds, Jarvis is confident that West Ham can upset Brendan Rodgers' side this weekend.

"We've had our ups and downs this season, but those two wins on the bounce have really given us the confidence to push on until the end of the season and hopefully getting us safe," said the No7.

"We were playing two teams who were around us in the league so to beat both of them denies them points and pushes us further away from them. That's exactly what we needed to do.

"I don't think we're able to relax yet as we've got a huge game on Sunday at home, so we're going to be concentrating on pushing ourselves as far as possible up the league table.

"Liverpool have been flying recently and scoring lots of goals, so it's going to be a really tough game, but we're coming off the back of two great results and we're full of confidence."

While you might think Liverpool would be more wary of their potential title deciders at home to Manchester City and Chelsea than a trip to east London, some Reds fans have suggested that West Ham present a big potential banana skin to their ambition of finishing top of the pile for the first time since 1990.

Jarvis says West Ham would be doing everything in their power to stop Luis Suarez and company.

"We're never going to make it easy for them. We'll give them a really tough game and they'll have to be on top form to beat us."

Should he start on Sunday, the winger is likely to come face-to-face with former Hammer Glen Johnson, who has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career.

The England right-back, who was in the same England side when Jarvis made his senior debut against Ghana in March 2011, will pose a big threat to West Ham's chances of success on Sunday.

"I've had a few battles with Glen and he's a fantastic player and has done really well this season. If I'm selected, it'll be a really tough game."

While Suarez, strike partner Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Steven Gerrard have taken most of the headlines this term, Jarvis admitted Liverpool can create and convert chances from all over the pitch.

"They've been scoring goals all over the park and their two strikers have always got a goal in them, so it will be a battle, but it's one we're looking forward to."

While Liverpool have their match-winners, West Ham possess a number of potential game-changes too, including Scouser Kevin Nolan and former Reds Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

Jarvis believes all three will need no extra motivation to get one over the men from Anfield.

"There are a few connections and I'm sure they will be determined to get a good result. For them, there might be a little bit more on it!"

Looking further forward, Jarvis concluded by revealing that West Ham plan to pick up ten points from their remaining six fixtures to eclipse their haul of 46 and tenth place achieved last season.

"That was the plan from the start - to match, if not better last season. If we can get the results between now and the end of the season, we will be pushing up the table and trying to beat tenth place."