Byram explains why being cuptied for Liverpool is actually a good thing

The West Ham full-back has been discussing how he is settling at Upton Park.

West Ham United defender Sam Byram says he is frustrated not to be facing Liverpool in the FA Cup this weekend - but has highlighted a positive to come out of being cuptied, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, in the worlds of the 22-year-old, missing the cup clash allows him to work on his fitness further for a full week.

Byram told the West Ham site: "I’m settling in really well. Everyone’s been dead welcoming. It’s frustrating that I can’t be involved on Tuesday [as I am cup-tied] but it’ll give me a good week to get some more fitness in and I’ve really enjoyed it since I’ve joined."

The Hammers will want to bounce back after a poor display against Southampton on Saturday afternoon and Liverpool's miserable form gives them the perfect opportunity to do so.

West Ham didn't look convincing during the first match at Anfield but will have a rocking Upton Park behind them as they face the Reds for a second time and fourth already this season.

Unfortunately, all of West Ham's promise this season could amount to less than expected if the players continue to deliver performances like they did at St Mary's. That's why the FA Cup now takes on plenty of importance during the club's last ever season at Upton Park.

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