Bilic responds to suggestions West Ham could face Europa League play-off against Liverpool

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have enjoyed a fine season and currently sit in sixth position in the Premier League.

Slaven Bilic has responded to news that West Ham United could be forced to face Liverpool in a play-off for the final Europa League spot, as reported by Eurosport.

If Liverpool were to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1, and West Ham were to lose to Stoke City by one goal to nil, the Reds and the Hammers would have identical records. The outcome is also dependent on Southampton's result at home to Crystal Palace. Even then, Liverpool would still need to lose to Sevilla in the Europa League final for a potential play-off to occur.

With so many different scenarios, a play-off is still a long way from coming to fruition, but Bilic insists even if they were to have identical records, it should be the club's head-to-head records that determine who qualifies for European competition:

"I don't understand why it's even a possibility. I believe the outcome should be decided on the head-to-head."

The East London outfit can avoid any kind of uncertainty with a victory at the Britannia on Sunday, however, and could still even finish in fifth depending on Manchester United's result when they play Bournemouth.

Bilic spoke of the importance of focusing on getting the job done against Stoke:

"It's in our hands for a European spot. All we have to do is try to replicate the performance from Tuesday night against Manchester United and win the game. That will give us minimum sixth and if Manchester United slip up we can move to fifth."

If West Ham were to finish inside the top six it would be a fitting way to close out what has been a fantastic season in their final campaign at Upton Park.

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