West Ham not suffering from imposter syndrome in top-four battle, says David Moyes before Liverpool clash

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David Moyes has West Ham thriving once again this season  (REUTERS)
David Moyes has West Ham thriving once again this season (REUTERS)

David Moyes says West Ham are far from imposters in the race for the top four and believes games against the likes of Liverpool could decide their fate when it comes to claiming a Champions League spot.

The Hammers finished just two points outside the top four last season and Moyes has told his squad that they are once again capable of competing for a place at Europe’s top table.

Liverpool, the only unbeaten side remaining in the Premier League this season, visit the London Stadium on Sunday with West Ham knowing a win would see them move above Jurgen Klopp's side.

Despite their rapid rise under the Scot, who has taken the club from relegation battlers to top-four contenders in under two years, Moyes says they are not uncomfortable battling it out at the top.

"I believe as a manager that the players are not imposters," said the former Manchester United boss.

"I think they are in the right position. The quality of the players we have got, we have now got several international players, players who are playing for Spain, players who are playing for France, players who are playing for England, boys from the Czech Republic, boys playing for some of the African nations. It’s incredible, the change.

"So there are certainly no imposters here. The boys here are here on their quality and what they bring to the club and the team and they have been really, really good."

West Ham have been more aggressive in their games against the so-called 'Big Six' this season and have beaten Tottenham already this term while running Manchester United desperately close in the League before knocking them out of the Carabao Cup days later.

Having watched his side slip out of the top-four places late on last season having not beaten one of the traditional top-six sides throughout the campaign, these games could now decide whether or not they make the cut come May.

"I would say yes because you're always trying to take some points off the teams who look as if they're going to be there," said Moyes.

"You'd expect Liverpool certainly to be there, but I think there's a group of other teams. About six or seven teams who could easily challenge.

"Picking up points all the time is the important thing. Liverpool is next so it's the most important for us but you know we had a really good win at Aston Villa and are trying to keep our standards up. I see this as a really good challenge for the players to show what they can do against a really top team."

There is a new level of confidence around West Ham under Moyes and the Hammers are convinced they can hurt any side, though the 58-year-old fully understands the size of the task awaiting his squad on Sunday.

“I’d always be really humble towards what we have got," he said. "We will play against a top team that will make it really difficult for us. But we have to go into it with a level of belief that we can challenge and play against them. We have tried to do it against some of the teams."

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