Guy Demel admits it was the appeal of playing against the likes of Liverpool that made him want to come back to England with West Ham.
The full-back was once an Arsenal player, despite never making a first-team appearance, and jumped at the chance to come back to London to have one more go at playing in the world’s most sought after league.
And he can’t wait to run out at Anfield on Sunday in search of revenge after the Reds came from behind to win 3-2 in the reverse fixture at Upton Park earlier this season.
He told whufc.com: “I came to the Premier League to face big players, to play the best players in the world, because it’s the best league in the world.
“To play against Suarez or Coutinho is a challenge, but you want to compete against the best to see how good you are.
“At home, I think we were much better than them, yet they went back with the three points. So we have to keep that in the back of our minds and punish them.”
But Demel believes the Hammers can go to Anfield and come away with a shock result, making history in the process, and then push on for a top ten finish.
“We’re playing away, we all know that we’ve had problems away from home and going to Afield is never easy, especially right now,” he continued.
“If we could win there it would be really nice because I’d be writing history for West Ham. To be fair a draw would be fantastic, but it’s not impossible to beat Liverpool.
“I think our season could have been even better if we had a bit of luck, but we still have eight games to go. I think at the end of the season we can be proud and finish in the top ten, because I think that’s where we belong.”