West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell ready for tough trip home to Liverpool
PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 February 2018
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The Scouser was back on Merseyside last weekend, but this time around he will be hoping to leave with all three points
West Ham face the daunting prospect of visiting Anfield on Saturday to take on Liverpool in the Premier League, but for one man in the Hammers squad it will be a little bit extra special.
Aaron Cresswell is a Scouser having been born in Merseyside and spent the early part of his professional career there.
The 28-year-old progressed through the Tranmere Rovers academy, but did have a stint in the Reds youth set-up before that and so he is relishing his return to Anfield.
It is strickly business for the versatile defender and his West Ham team-mates, though, as Cresswell told the official club website: “I was back in Liverpool at the weekend, taking my four-week-old Sonny to see his family for the first time and to spend a few days with them, which was nice.
“This time around it will be all business and it’s a huge game every season, not just for me because I come from Liverpool and used to play for them as a kid.
“It’s going to be tough. They are doing so well, especially with the front players they’ve got, so we’re going to have to be at our best and hopefully we’ll get something out of the game.”
For the first time in a long, long while, West Ham make the trip to Liverpool knowing their recent record at Anfield is very impressive.
The last away league meeting saw the Hammers hold the Reds to a 2-2 draw with Cresswell playing the full 90 minutes on December 11, 2016.
Before that, West Ham held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 30, 2016.
An even better result was achieved months earlier, on August 29, 2015, when Hammers stunned the Merseyside club 3-0 with Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho netting.
It ended West Ham’s barren run at Anfield, but all of those results were achieved with old boss Slaven Bilic at the helm.
He has since been replaced by David Moyes, who has quickly implemented a fluid 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation which has earned the east Londoners success.
Cresswell has been playing on the left of three centre-backs and enjoyed it so far, adding: “I’d never played in a central role before but, if I’m honest, I quite like it!”
If West Ham are to achieve another fine result at Liverpool on Saturday, their Scouser will have to keep up his strong form.