West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has insisted that ‘lack of effort’ was not a problem during Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool.
The West Ham supporters again raged following the heavy home loss, which came after dropping two late more points away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend.
Once again the London Stadium emptied before the final whistle, and it is understood that Bilic is on the verge of losing his job following a poor start to the campaign.
The under-fire manager has admitted that the club are currently in ‘a very difficult situation’, but the Croatian has refused to criticise his players for a lack of effort.
Bilic told reporters:
“It’s a very difficult situation. It’s not the effort, we can’t talk about lack of effort today. The first goal is a counter attack and the ball dropped kindly.
“Our one player who was in front of the box didn’t react really well and then it’s hard to defend a counter attack. But now it’s hard for me to talk about.”
West Ham have only won one of their last seven in the Premier League, and currently sit down in 17th position in the table on nine points.
Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes is the favourite to replace Bilic, who will reportedly lose his job at the start of next week.