David Moyes: Liverpool, belief and Pablo Fornals' energy
David Moyes says West Ham United possess the belief their good run of form can continue at Liverpool on Saturday.
The Hammers are unbeaten in four Premier League outings, having beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, and drawn with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Now they face their toughest test to date with a trip to the champions, and they will have to make do without Michail Antonio due to a hamstring problem, but Moyes insists his team will not be fazed.
He answered questions on Liverpool, his team's form, Pablo Fornals' hugely positive impact and more in his pre-match press conference...
We'll be without Antonio, but Liverpool have injuries too...
They might look at it the same as us being without Michail Antonio but obviously you’d rather play Liverpool without Virgil van Dijk. But probably the biggest thing going up to play Liverpool is without supporters, their support makes such a difference, with no crowd behind them hopefully that might make a difference as well.
We have really been showing a great team ethic. We have been scoring goals from all different areas, we have been playing well as a team but I am sure Liverpool will be saying the same about that as well,
Of course we will miss Michail, since we came back from lockdown I think he has been as important as any striker in the league.
We go into this game in really good form...
I put my team out looking to win and to get results, I was really pleased with taking a point from those two games [Spurs and City], we are going in the right direction and making progress so I have been pleased with the players generally.
The players have done a good job but I am not going to say that every week, there is another game coming up and we have to do it again.
We are playing the champions so it is always a tough game but the last three games we will have played will have been away at Tottenham, at home to City and away at Liverpool so you have to say, when we saw the fixtures it was always going to be difficult but we have to make the most of it.
We play all the teams twice so that’s the way they fall and we are in a good place, the players have confidence, the results make a big difference and I hope the players can go and show it this weekend.
We were very unfortunate to lose at Anfield last season...
We were unlucky to not get a result there last time, the least we deserved was a draw so I think there are signs of improvement.
We are capable, we want to get to the stage where we have a consistency which I am trying to get and the players so far, with the exception of the first game, have shown a good level of consistency.
Pablo Fornals typifies the energy we need in the team...
Pablo has done really well, he is a really likeable boy and he works incredibly hard for the team.
We are always demanding more from him because we want him to contribute with assists and goals and he has been doing that. He’s been more involved and I have to say, his energy and enthusiasm in training is incredible and we really like him.
What we have got here is the slight makings of a young group of players who are all doing well and giving us a much bigger energy than in the past.