West Ham legend: Win over Liverpool shows optimistic future

Trevor Brooking has high hopes for the future of his former club West Ham.

Brooking started his career with the Hammers, making over 600 appearances with the team of his youth, and netting the winning goal in the 1980 FA Cup Final.

He is the fourth-highest appearance maker for the club, and his technical play and gentlemanly approach to the game have endured with the Hammers faithful, making the now 65-year-old a club legend.

Spells with the FA have been undertaken following his retirement from playing in 1985, although he now focuses upon his childhood club, working in a corporate capacity.

As part of one of the most celebrated West Ham teams in history, Brooking is delighted to see optimism and hope circling Upton Park again, no more evident than at the close of the 3-1 home victory over Liverpool.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 47-capped England international said: "I thought the win over Liverpool was the best home game for a couple of years and has given everyone optimism for the future.”

Goals from Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano took the victory beyond Liverpool, and, with two of the number summer arrivals, Brooking is convinced that manager Sam Allardyce has finally put together a strong first-team squad.

He added: "The start of this season has shown that Sam Allardyce has a group of players which are stronger. There is more depth in the squad and I think we’ll all be disappointed if the squad was looking over the shoulder at the tail end of the season.

"It is a shame that Cheikhou Kouyate is injured because he’s been one of the picks so far – outstanding in the first five games. He looks like he will be missing for a few more weeks but we have got that strength in depth now to stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

With the Hammers preparing to move away from Upton Park, the club legend feels as if a good season will set up the move to the Olympic Stadium in earnest - giving a feel good factor to the new era of West Ham’s history.

"What is really important is that we stay in the Premier League for the next couple of years and this season I can see that happening because the squad is definitely stronger than at this time last year.

"If we can end the season in mid-table, then we’re only one season from the move and the feel good factor will be there."

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