Ready to win the FA Cup
A year after their win over Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul, Liverpool face a promoted club in Cardiff who have already won a place in Europe next season without kicking a ball.
With Benitez's side in the Champions League qualifiers, the Hammers are guaranteed to get Liverpool's unwanted UEFA Cup slot, a rich reward for an outstanding season under Alan Pardew.
They are unlikely to get any more than that, though, from the Millennium Stadium, where Liverpool were unlucky to go down 3-2 to Chelsea after extra time in last year's League Cup final.
The Reds have much improved over the intervening 15 months, winning 50 percent more Premier League matches than in 2004-05 and giving Manchester United a fright in the race to finish second and claim an automatic Champions League place.
They have also beat Chelsea and United out in their FA Cup run and produced a thrilling comeback at second division Luton Town, rallying from 3-1 down with half an hour left to win 5-3.
Liverpool won the first FA Cup final to be held at the Millennium Stadium, when two late Michael Owen goals gave them victory over Arsenal in 2001. Assuming Wembley is ready next year, they should also earn the last one.