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West Ham’s naivety and lack of application leave Slaven Bilic on brink | Paul MacInnes

Feeble performance by team who should be doing so much better results in 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool that provides few signs of any improvement to come

It was four, it should have been six, it could have been 10. West Ham United have hardly prospered since moving to the London Stadium but, like the thrashing by Arsenal last season or the Friday night thumping by Brighton last month, this was a defeat that will linger like a fish under the floorboards. It truly stank.

Slaven Bilic will face questions about his future as manager after this result and rightly so. He has faced such questions before in his two‑and‑a‑half‑year tenure and survived but the naivety, the disorganisation and, by the end, a sheer lack of application suggests that something different needs to be done if this club are to achieve anything near to what they should be capable of on paper.

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