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Gianfranco Zola out to end West Ham's Anfield jinx

Zola aiming to create history

Gianfranco Zola is aiming to guide West Ham to their first victory over Liverpool at Anfield in 47 years when the two sides meet on Monday.

West Ham, who are three points above the Premier League relegation zone, have taken four points in two matches.

Manager Zola feels a renewed drive and determination are behind the revival.

"The last few games haven't been pretty but the work rate and desire has been top class. That's why we will get important points," he said.

The 43-year-old also believes Liverpool, who learnt on Monday that the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid on Thursday will go ahead despite the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud, remain dangerous even without the injured Fernando Torres.

Torres will miss the rest of the season because of knee surgery but Zola added: "Liverpool can still cause us problems. Torres is a big asset but I like David Ngog, he can be a problem for us.

"We don't have to think about Torres' injury being an advantage for us, we still need to perform and do very well."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is equally wary of West Ham.

"I think they have a great manager and a good team," stated the Spaniard.

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"It will be tough for teams at the bottom but I think they can stay up.

"West Ham have four games to play and one win should be enough - hopefully it will be next weekend and not today."

Seventh-place Liverpool, who were put up for sale by owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett on Friday, still hope to land fourth place and secure the final Champions League qualifying position.

Benitez is targeting maximum points from the final four games to give the Reds an outside chance of catching Tottenham, who are fourth and eight points clear of Liverpool.

"Always in football things can change in one week but we have to win our games," added Benitez.

"For us, it is not difficult to concentrate on our job, it is just to win four games, get 12 points and see what happens.

"I think we deserved to win against Fulham but we couldn't so we have to make sure we do it against West Ham."




see also
Liverpool 3-0 West Ham
19 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Torres out for rest of the season
19 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
New Reds chief backs boss Benitez
16 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
Zola vows to stay as Hammers boss
29 Mar 10 |  West Ham