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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bilic 'not happy' with draw

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. Photo: Reuters
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. Photo: Reuters

Slaven Bilic admitted he was "not happy" to be drawn against Liverpool as he prepares for West Ham's FA Cup trip to Anfield tomorrow.

The Hammers boss has already completed a league double over the Reds - the Londoners' first for 52 years - but knows his side face a tough assignment if they are to book their place in the fifth round this weekend.

"I was not happy with our draw, because we got Liverpool away and it is one of the most difficult games we could have got," Bilic told his pre-match press conference yesterday.

"Our results against Liverpool this season give us confidence, but it is still Liverpool away.

"But we are very ambitious for the FA Cup and we are looking forward to the game. It's a big weekend."

Bilic, like Anfield counterpart Jurgen Klopp, is expected to make a number of changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow's game, with the Hammers embroiled in an unexpected battle for European qualification in the Premier League.

"We will make some changes," the Croatian said. "We have 15-16 players who are regulars and are ready to play. They are not only fit from training but have match fitness too.

"Definitely we will put a very, very strong team out but we will make some changes. Some of the guys who played in the last cup game against Wolves will play again."

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