Liverpool hammering could be blessing in disguise for frustrated West Ham fans

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

For most West Ham United fans the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool was the straw that broke the camel's back in a hugely disappointing season.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have endured a torrid second season under Bilic after their record breaking farewell campaign at Upton Park when they finished just four points off the Champions League places.

A 4-0 drubbing in the last home game of the season summed up 2016/17 for the Hammers in one 90 minute showing. 

Knocked out of the Europa League, EFL Cup and FA Cup in embarrassing fashion, the East Londoners then lost star player Dimitri Payet after he forced through a return to Marseille.

West Ham have flirted with relegation this season and Bilic's future has been the subject of intense media speculation despite many fans and pundits feeling he has done a good job in difficult circumstances with injuries, poor recruitment, the Olympic Stadium move and the Payet saga taking its toll.

The 1-0 victory over fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur secured Premier League safety.

But it was also very quickly used as justification for a number of issues by the club.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic as West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli comes on as a substitute to replace Jonathan CalleriWest Ham United were hammered by Liverpool last time out

From declaring that the game proved West Ham's new stadium finally felt like home to exclaiming players who have flopped all season long - such as Havard Nordtveit and Andre Ayew to name just two - were now proving their worth.

Even captain Mark Noble, who has been criticised for his poor performances all season, was suddenly captain fantastic again off the back of what was one of only seven home wins for the Hammers all season.

Bilic himself was hailed a tactical genius for outwitting Spurs boss Maurcio Pochettino and even the club's co-owner David Gold got carried away on Twitter.

West Ham United's Andre Ayew reactsAndre Ayew was guilty of the miss of the season

Against Liverpool reality bit home when West Ham's squad - very much being stretched due to the injury situation - was shown up as being nowhere near good enough for the Premier League.

While the 4-0 defeat may leave a sour taste in the mouths of supporters for the summer, it will surely be a blessing in disguise with Bilic and the owners left in no doubt that top quality reinforcements are needed in the transfer market.

West Ham United owners David Gold and David SullivanWest Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold

After taking a giant step forward last season, West Ham have taken five steps back this term.

And serious investment in the first team is the only way to get back on track.

Over to you David Sullivan and Gold.

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