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Rice reveals player meeting gave Hammers lift

5th February 2019, 12:30 by Neil Foster

Declan Rice has revealed the West Ham players held a meeting to "sort it out" ahead of the Liverpool clash after a poor run.

Following an excellent December, which included five league wins, the Hammers hit the skids last month, with a 2-0 loss against Bournemouth and a 3-0 defeat by Wolves, after which boss Manuel Pellegrini said "it was impossible to play worse".

Monday's 1-1 draw at home to table-topping Liverpool was a welcome return to form and it came after the squad got their heads together to try and thrash out the reasons behind the dip in form.

"After that January we had, where we lost a load of games, we had a meeting and said, 'Look boys, we all need to pull our fingers out', because it was not West Ham and not the results we want," said Rice.

"The players said after the Wolves game that we needed to sort it out. We had watched the Wolves game back and saw the problems that we were creating and the things we were doing. Last night, we changed it around."

Reports claimed the Marko Arnautovic transfer saga unsettled the players in January, but Rice made it clear there are no hard feelings towards the Austria international.

"Whatever happened, happened," he added. "All the lads love Marko. He is great in the changing room. We all love him and we can’t wait for him to be back."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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