Slaven Bilic drops West Ham United team selection hint ahead of Liverpool fixture

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West Ham United are set to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Slaven Bilic has hinted to West Ham United’s official site that he may make some changes for his side’s FA Cup fixture against Liverpool at the weekend.

West Ham have made no secret of their desire to have a lengthy run in the competition, but Bilic has suggested he could make some alterations at Anfield.

The Hammers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in the third round of the cup competition, and Bilic has hinted that his line-up could be similar to the team he named against the Championship side.

"We have a big FA Cup game, it is a big weekend," the Croatian boss said. "I was not happy with our draw, because we got Liverpool away and it is one of the most difficult games we could have got, but we are very ambitious for the FA Cup and we are looking forward to the game.

“We will make some changes, and we have 15-16 players who are regulars and are ready to play. They are not only fit from training but have match fitness too.

“Sam Byram is cup tied, but Tomkins is back in training on Thursday and there’s only Mark Noble, who has reported a little but of flu and has stayed home, but will hopefully be ok for Friday.

“Definitely we will put a very, very strong team out but we will make some changes. Some of the guys who played in the last cup game against Wolves will play again.”

Bilic said earlier in the season that he would rather win the FA Cup than finish in the top four.

As a result, it seems likely that West Ham will name a strong side against Liverpool, as they look to move into the last 16 of the competition.

West Ham go into the match having drawn their last match against Manchester City in the Premier League.

They also have the advantage of being fresher than Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp’s side played in midweek.

Liverpool beat Stoke City on penalties in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek, and they will be hoping that their exertions in the fixture do not cause fatigue on Saturday.

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