Live Blog: Slaven Bilic’s Pre-Liverpool Press Conference Live From Rush Green

Press Conference Live Blog

2:45 PM: That’s it from us and Slaven Bilic today here in East London after a strong 45 minutes of grilling from The Press, stay tuned across our Site and Social Media Platforms for all of the build-up and reaction from Saturday’s visit of Liverpool to The London Stadium and our future Live Blogs, thank you for tuning in and have a fantastic rest of your Thursday afternoon Hammers.

” The thing I like about them is that they never change their approach”.

” The way Jurgen Klopp plays is the reason he is so famous in Football, it is very electric Football, even the biggest teams in the World leave themselves open at the back”.

” Brighton was our opportunity, we wasted it and reacted great against Spurs, against Palace there was another opportunity and the way we wasted it hit us”.

” The fans are very educated, they know what other clubs are doing, we have to be cautious and the fans will need to be patient”.

” I spoke to Haksabsanovic and his father today, he is improving”.

” We also have Sakho, who is not injured, Nathan Holland also, we have enough players in that department”.

” Declan Rice is becoming important, Martinez is doing well but we have lots of good strikers”.

” young players do not fear anything, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen were with us in pre-season”.

” That will be our game plan”.

” You have to be solid, they are very offensive, when they know they are vulnerable, you defend better to create chances”.

” The Brighton game was very bad, but the way we drew at Palace really hurt us”.

” You are thinking about your last three games and theirs, that will never change”.

” I know the bigger picture, and no matter where we were, I am only always concentrated on the next game”.

” They will be happy with the chances they are creating, but not their defence”.

” You can’t just defend, you need to exploit them”.

” When you play against big guns, you have to be behind the ball and solid”.

“But now we have had few injuries and it does not look great in defence”.

” Injuries are part of Football, only last week we were talking about a fully-fit Squad”.

” I am not thinking about January, I am on only concentrating on the game”.

” Andy Carroll is one of our players who can hurt them, but we have other strikers on form, in that department we are good”.

” We have to be very solid because they can create chances”.

” Liverpool are not very happy with their position, they play offensive Football and it leaves them a bit open at the back”.

” I do believe I can get us out of this position, I would not be here if I didn’t”.

” I don’t regard it as my position, we are all in the same boat”.

” I know my position and every win will take me closer to a more comfortable position”.

” There have been no discussions with The Board but we need something from the game”.

” The goal did not relate to my position, we lost points that would have been unbelievably important”.

” We had to be in position for if the mistake was made”.

” Some of the other players were being too optimistic”.

” He made a wrong decision, but it was not just him”.

” The midfield was tired and we had already used our substitutions”.

” Antonio knew he had the game in his hands, he took the blame for the goal”.

” The late goal was hard to swallow and we had some individual talks”.

” We need to be concentrated for Liverpool”.

” It was two very important points dropped and it hit us”.

” After the Brighton defeat, we had two big games and the way that game ended, it was a big blow”.

” The injuries have come so quick, Reid was injured and Cresswell went off but they should be OK”.

” Sam will be out for five weeks and Antonio will be back for Watford”.

” We have a few injuries, Zabaleta is suspended, Fone and Antonio and Sam Byram won’t make it tomorrow”.

2:00 PM: A very punctual Slaven Bilic, as usual, has arrived to speak to The Press, quotes to follow………….

1:50 PM: Just ten minutes until we are joined by Super Slav, reports have suggested an injury to Sam Byram, making for a right-back issue for Bilic, will he confirm or deny the reports?

1:30 PM: Around 30 minutes more to wait here at Rush Green, expect plenty of question about The Boss’ future today, amid injury news about tomorrow evening.

1:15 PM: We are in position and waiting for The Gaffer, plenty of interest in this one today and last Saturday’s gut-wrenching draw at Selhurst Park.

1:10 PM: A very gloomy looking Media Centre on this grey afternoon in Romford.

1:05 PM: Good afternoon from Rush Green, where we have arrived to bring you Live Coverage of Slaven Bilic’s Pre-Liverpool Press Conference which is due to begin in around an hour.