West Ham ace Reid wants to make London Stadium a fortress next season

Winston Reid

West Ham stand-in skipper Winston Reid wants the Hammers to be harder to beat at the London Stadium but will have to wait until next season to help Slaven Bilic’s side fulfil his ambition.

The Hammers suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Liverpool yesterday to conclude an indifferent first season at the new ground after leaving the Boleyn Ground last summer to make the switch.

Jurgen Klopp’s side set about West Ham with pace, power and desire as they battled for the win, which came courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge, two from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi, to keep a firm grip on fourth place in the Premier League table.

And New Zealand international Reid is keen to move on from the disastrous 90 minutes but take valuable lessons from the defeat and prepare to go again next season. Of course, first the Londoners travel to Burnley next week for the remaining fixture of the top flight campaign.

He said: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster this season but towards the back end we really started to pick up. It obviously hasn’t gone how we hoped but we’ll move on to next season and hopefully next year at home we’ll pick up some better results.

“It’s just one of these things. We tried our best and went out there to try and put on a performance. But sometimes you have days like that and unfortunately we’ve had a few of them this season.”

Defender Reid was involved in a controversial moment during the game when he challenged Reds ace Georginio Wijnaldum but play was waved on and the Merseysiders raced up the other end of the pitch and scored a third and effectively sealed the triumph.

And Reid, who wore the armband in club captain Mark Noble’s absence, added: “Obviously there was contact in the challenge with Wijnaldum. I didn’t see a handball, but I knew he fouled me. At the end of the day the referee didn’t give it. If we had got it, it could have been a different game.”