West Ham 'tried everything' to upset Liverpool's title bid says Reds ace

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

Steven Gerrard claims West Ham 'tried everything' to derail Liverpool's title challenge.

Steven Gerrard has claimed West Ham 'tried everything' to derail Liverpool's Premier League title push.

The England international's two dispatched penalties tipped the balance in this afternoon's game at Upton Park and restored the Anfield club's two-point league at the table's summit.

But Gerrard has accused the east Londoners of attempting make life difficult for Brendan Rodgers' side to prepare for the meeting between the teams - including an overheated away team dressing room and forcing their team coach to park a mile away from the stadium.

"It was a very tricky game today. Coming against a Sam Allardyce team, we knew what to expect," he told LFC TV.

"I think we got a bit more than what we expected - a hot dressing room, a dry pitch, the bus had to park a mile away. I think they tried everything today to upset us.

"It was a good test for us, for our character. We needed to prove today that we're capable of fighting for this title and I thought we did it terrifically well, defended superbly and certainly deserved to come away with the three points from the 90 minutes."

Gerrard also paid tribute to Rodgers' ability to restore belief in the players after Guy Demel's controversial equaliser in first-half stoppage time was awarded despite appeals from the visitors that Andy Carroll had fouled Simon Mignolet in the build-up.

He added: "If you go back a couple of years, I think you'd have found maybe a side that felt sorry for themselves and sulked, and that would have affected them in the second half.

"But I think the manager was fantastic. He told us to forget about it, there's nothing we can change and asked us all for a little 10 per cent more."

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