West Ham United are travelling to Anfield to face Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side on Saturday.
Despite starting the season, with a brave and impressive 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates, they could not perform well in the next two weeks as they got two back to back defeats against Leicester City and Bournemouth and conceded six goals in the two games.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic admits he may have to “park the bus” at in-form Liverpool – and that he could need a double- or even triple-decker.
Liverpool is so far unbeaten in the League with two wins and one draw against Arsenal last week. They are yet to concede a single goal.
Bilic said before Saturday’s trip to Anfield: “When we have the ball, we have a plan to keep it and get a breather or, if it’s possible, to attack them and harm them with as many players as possible.”
“It’s a very demanding game that we are asking from the players. If you want to call it parking the bus, call it park the bus. But for me it’s defending behind the ball. Or park the bus — a double-decker or triple-decker.”
“But that is what you ask from your players when your opponent has the ball. It’s a very demanding game against top players, but basically you try to do that [in] every game.”
Liverpool attack with £32.5 million signing Christian Benteke looks threatening and the Croatian gaffer is looking to silent the Reds’ new-look attack with parking a bus.
Bilic added: “The changes you see are in the results. Three clean sheets. Last year it wasn’t like that [for Liverpool].
“The huge difference is the way their striker is playing. He is really helpful for them. Because of him they don’t have to bombard forward with numbers to be dangerous – they can be dangerous up front but at the same time be solid.”
Bilic has revealed one of his summer buys, central defender Angelo Ogbonna, will not be punished for his tweet suggesting he was unhappy at being taken off ten minutes before half-time in last weekend’ loss to Bournemouth.
The Croat went on: “We made some mistakes as a team, it was not just the defenders. About what Ogbonna said on Twitter – it’s nothing major, to be fair.”
“No player is happy when you take him off in the first half. He reacted emotionally, but in a polite way. He didn’t cross the line so that’s alright with me.”
“He’s the player I wanted to bring in the club. I rate him highly. There’s absolutely no problem.”