Liverpool producing their best form of season, admits West Ham boss

Sam Allardyce hopes Liverpool may be tired after their League Cup exploits

Sam Allardyce believes Liverpool are producing their best form of the season ahead of West Ham United’s trip to Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds narrowly missed out on a place in the Capital One Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic’s 94th-minute winner at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions before their extra-time defeat by the Blues in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match media conference on Thursday morning, Allardyce is hopeful that Liverpool’s cup exploits could work in West Ham’s favour.

“It does give us an opportunity,” Allardyce said.

“But I think Liverpool are in the best form they’ve had all season. I expect a very difficult game, but one we look forward to.”

Andy Carroll could face his former employers at Anfield on Saturday for the first time since his permanent £15m switch to Upton Park in 2013.

Despite being sold by Rodgers after just two-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, Allardyce doesn’t believe Carroll has anything to prove.

“I’m sure Andy would like to score at Anfield but we don’t want him to get over-anxious about going out to prove anything,” added Allardyce.

Liverpool are a point behind seventh-placed West Ham.

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