Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has accused West Ham of playing a number of dirty tricks prior to the weekend encounter between the two sides, including turning up the heating in the opposition dressing room.
Gerrard scored twice for Liverpool to maintain their charge towards the Premier League title but, he has revealed, it was not only the physical abilities of the Hammers on the pitch that the visitors had to contend with.
Liverpool also found themselves in an uncomfortably warm changing area - a deliberate measure, Gerrard claims - while the England midfielder also says his side were forced to walk a mile on foot to reach Upton Park.
“It was a very tricky game. We knew what to expect and we got a bit more than we expected – a hot dressing room, a dry pitch and the bus had to park a mile away,” he told reporters.
“I think they tried everything to upset us. It was a good test of character.”
Gerrard scored the opening goal for Liverpool from the penalty spot after James Tomkins had handled, before Guy Demel cancelled out the advantage when he poked home seconds before the interval.
But Gerrard was able to secure victory for Liverpool when Adrian was deemed to have felled John Flanagan in the area, with the Anfield icon able to notch his 13th goal in the league this season.
Liverpool are now two points clear of Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League table, while they are four points better off than Manchester City, who have two games in hand.