Aaron Cresswell has insisted it will be “all business” when he returns to his boyhood club Liverpool with West Ham United on Saturday.
The Hammers left-back was born on Merseyside and played for the Reds as a schoolboy before moving across the Mersey to join Tranmere Rovers.
After a three-year spell with Tranmere, Cresswell joined Ipswich in 2011 before finding Premier League recognition with West Ham in 2014.
The boyhood Liverpool fan still has family on Merseyside however, and recently returned to the city to introduce his new-born son to them.
However, with David Moyes’ side back in Cresswell’s hometown on Saturday, the classy West Ham left-back says he will be aiming to put in a dent in Jurgen Klopp’s momentum after Liverpool all but secured their place in the last eight of the Champions League with a 5-0 hammering of Porto this week.
“It’s a huge game every season, not just for me because I come from Liverpool and used to play for them as a kid,” he told West Ham’s website.
“I was back in Liverpool at the weekend, taking my four-week-old Sonny to see his family for the first time and spend a few days with them, which was nice, but this time around it will be all business
“It’s a huge game every season, not just for me because I come from Liverpool and used to play for them as a kid.
“It’s going to be tough. They’re doing so well this season, especially with the front players they’ve got, so we’re going to have to be at our best and hopefully we’ll get something out of the game.”
Cresswell has lost just once in four returns to Liverpool with the Hammers and claimed an assist in their 3-0 victory over the Reds back in 2015.
The West Ham full-back has also drawn twice and lost once in games at Anfield.
The Hammers are currently in 12th place in the Premier League, but a congested bottom half means they are just five points clear of the drop zone.
Moyes’ side are currently on a decent run however, with just one defeat in their last eight games in the division.
West Ham were beaten 4-1 by the Reds at the London Stadium earlier this week, but managed to earn a 2-2 draw at Anfield on their last visit in December 2016.