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Pellegrini urges West Ham to play at a ‘high pace’ against Liverpool

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged his team to play at a high pace when they face Liverpool at London Stadium on Monday night.

The Hammers welcome the league leaders for their Premier League fixture with the home side on a run of three straight defeats in all competitions – including an embarrassing 4-2 to League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Pellegrini is confident his side can take something from the game if they approach it in the same way as when they faced other teams from the Premier League’s big six already this season.

“Of course we can beat Liverpool because every team can win every match in the Premier League,” Pellegrini told his pre-match press conference.

“We want to beat Liverpool. We cannot play on nerves because they have top players who can change the game at any time.

“We need to play at high pace like we did at home to Arsenal and Manchester United and other clubs.”

West Ham suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at Wolves last Tuesday night so Pellegrini will be hoping they don’t carry the burden of that result into Monday’s fixture.

Their last win was the 1-0 victory at home to Arsenal in mid-January when highly-rated youngster Declan Rice scored the only goal of the game.

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