1 vs. 2
WHU
LIV
90+4'
There goes the final whistle. A 2-1 win for Liverpool on the day. A ninth straight win in the Premier League for Brendan Rodgers' side. They are back on top of the table with five games remaining.
90+2'
Armero drives the ball into the arms of Henderson, but no foul awarded. Liverpool almost over the line.
90+1'
Brilliant hit by Sterling from the edge of the box, but nudged away by Adrian. Brilliant hit by the Liverpool player.
89'
We are into four minutes of time added on to this match.
88'
Toure with a vital header clear from the Jarvis cross before Downing smashes the ball well over the Liverpool bar from distance.
87'
Toure doing just enough to nod the ball into the arms of Mignolet after Nocerino floated in the cross.
86'
Lovely pass through the middle by Sterling. Find Suarez on the run, but his shot is saved by Adrian as he comes off his line. Almost the third goal to seal the deal.
85'
 
Armero has picked up the booking for his late challenge on Suarez.
Liverpool Substitution
West Ham United Substitution
84'
 
Diame replaced by Carlton Cole for the home side, who are going to 4-4-2.
83'
 
On comes Kolo Toure for Liverpool as Sturridge departs the scene.
82'
Suarez lifts the ball onto the bar. So unfortunate not to see that land in the net. Twice he has hit the bar today. Brilliant attempt by Suarez.
81'
Flanagan late challenge on Jarvis. Demel heads wide from the Nocerino free-kick.
80'
Chance for Sturridge on the loose ball over the top. Keeps the volley down, but his effort ends up in the arms of Adrian.
West Ham United Yellow card

West Ham

Liverpool

79'
Liverpool can run down the clock in these closing 10 minutes by keeping possession.
78'
 
Nocerino booked for a fairly cynical challenge on Flanagan out wide. Never got the timing right on that tackle.
West Ham United Substitution
77'
Liverpool have now been awarded 12 penalties this season, the only team who have had more in a single PL season are Crystal Palace, who got 13 in 2004/05 (Chelsea (09/10) and Arsenal (06/07) have also had 12).
76'
 
On comes Jarvis for West Ham as Matt Taylor departs the scene for the home side.
75'
Tough old ask this for West Ham. A change coming for West Ham with Matt Jarvis set to come on.
74'
Liverpool so confident on the ball. Going from side to side. No need to force the play because they have that one-goal advantage.
73'
Lucas picks out Suarez, but he fresh airs the attempted shot at goal. Liverpool pressing for a third goal, and starting to find the space after that second goal.
72'
Reid failed to play Suarez offside. He breaks through, and tries to find Sturridge. Armero blocks the pass. Appeals for a penalty by Suarez, but waved away correctly by the match official.
71'
Liverpool back on top of the table then as we stand here by two points from Chelsea.
Liverpool Penalty

Right Footed - Top Left

70'
Gerrard scores from the penalty spot for the second time this match, to join Shearer, Lampard and Johnson as players with 10 penalty goals in a single season.
West Ham United Yellow card

West Ham

Liverpool

69'
Referee Anthony Taylor is having a shocking afternoon. Wrong call for the West Ham goal. Wrong call for that second Liverpool goal. Liverpool fans not complaining now.
68'
 
GOAL! Gerrard smashes the penalty to the right of Adrian. No chance for the goalkeeper. And Liverpool lead 2-1. Keeper guessed right, but couldn't keep it out.
West Ham United Substitution
67'
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Flanagan taken out of the action late by Adrian. Not sure that was a penalty. Adrian has been booked for that one.
66'
One of either Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge have scored in Liverpool’s last 13 PL matches – the last time they both failed to score was on 29th December, at Chelsea.
65'
 
On comes Antonio Nocerino for the home side as Kevin Nolan departs the scene.
64'
Liverpool with all of the ball. West Ham chasing and chasing as Suarez fails to collect a ball over the top
63'
Nolan tries to release Diame, but Flanagan does superbly well to win the ball ahead of Diame. Had to get that tackle spot on.
62'
It was Diame with the cross. A warning for Liverpool that they could yet be punished for failing to find a second goal despite their pressure.
61'
Carroll hits the bar for the visiting side. Lovely cross from out wide. Almost a 2-1 lead for the home side. Johnson beaten in the air.
60'
West Ham being pushed further and further back. So many home bodies in their own half.
59'
Sturridge with a hopeful shot at goal from distance, but lack any real power. Straight into the arms of Adrian.
58'
Liverpool have lost having taken the lead just twice, vs. Chelsea (2-1) and Man City (2-1).
57'
Liverpool continue to push and probe. Yet to grab this match by the scruff of the neck as Suarez sees a shot wind up in the arms of Adrian from the Sterling cutback.
56'
Carroll penalised for a late challenge on Flanagan. Didn't look a bad challenge, but the referee thought otherwise.
55'
West Ham have come back from behind to win just once this season, beating Southampton 3-1 on 22 February. They have come back to draw just once also, 3-3 against West Brom on 28 December.
54'
Adrian races from his line to clear ahead of Suarez after the forward had threatened to rampage through on goal.
53'
Skrtel knocks the ball away from Carroll out wide. Liverpool collect in the middle of the park.
52'
West Ham have lost their last two when level at the break, and have won just four of their last 21, since 10 February 2012 (W4-D10-L7).
51'
Liverpool content to go back and forwards to keep the ball. Sturridge fails to spring Sterling. Easy interception for Demel.
50'
Gerrard with some lovely passing this afternoon. Reid with another timely clearance. He is having a fine afternoon for the home side.
49'
Liverpool have won their last three matches having been level at half-time, since they lost 3-1 away at Hull on 1 December 2013 (1-1 at half time).
48'
Mignolet punches out the Noble corner this time. Under real pressure again. Thankfully, no contact.
47'
 
Lucas has replaced Countinho at the break for the visiting side. And West Ham have a fourth corner early in the second period.
46'
Off we go for the second half of this controversy match.
Liverpool Substitution
45+2'
The whistle for the break sounds. Controversy rages in this match. Brendan Rodgers speaks to the referee Anthony Taylor. 1-1.
45+2'
Taylor has overruled his linesman there. Carroll pushed Mignolet forcing him to drop the ball from the Noble corner. Flag went up, but the goal is given. Awful decision by the match official. Demel prodded the loose ball home. A real sickener for Liverpool.
West Ham United Goal

Right Footed - Top Center

45+1'
 
GOAL! Demel has scored the equaliser for West Ham. A clear-cut foul on Mignolet by Carroll in the box from the corner, but the goal stands.
44'
A minute into time added on in the first half.
Liverpool Penalty

Right Footed - Bottom Right

43'
West Ham sickened by that moment. Gerrard with a tackle on Demel. A corner to the home side.
West Ham United Yellow card

West Ham

Liverpool

42'
Liverpool lead 1-0 in their quest for a ninth straight victory. Brilliant stuff from Gerrard. Great pass to release Suarez. That should settle Liverpool down.
41'
 
GOAL! Gerrard slots the penalty into the corner of the net. Brilliant penalty. Adrian dived to his right. Gerrard planted it to his right.
40'
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Tomkins handles the ball after Suarez tried to go past him. Clear-cut penalty to the visitors. Brilliant pass from Gerrard to pick out Suarez.
39'
Carroll with a late lunging challenge on Johnson. Studs were up. And Liverpool will have the free-kick on the edge of their box.
38'
Liverpool have only failed to score in the first half of a Premier League match twice this season, and they lost both of those matches – 2-0 away at Arsenal and 0-1 at home to Southampton.
37'
Solid punch by Mignolet to get the ball out with three West Ham players piling down on top of him.
36'
Skrtel climbing over the head of Carroll. And that is foul to West Ham United. Carroll using his experience to win that free-kick.
35'
Sturridge blasts an effort well wide of the goal after Suarez's initial shot was blocked. Poor from Sturridge.
34'
Armero keeps his eye on the ball, and makes sure it runs out as Sterling tried to get round him.
33'
Rodgers none too happy with what he is watching at the moment. Liverpool struggling to get into first gear.
32'
A lot of high stuff coming in from West Ham. Mignolet off his line. Skrtel eventually heads away. Carroll then nods well wide of the goal.
31'
Noble gets plenty of action on the ball, but it is past the post by around four yards. Decent attempt.
30'
Sakho deemed to be late trying to nick the ball away from Carroll. And West Ham have a free-kick from around 23 yards out. Chance to test Mignolet in the Liverpool goal.
29'
Well over the bar in the end. Liverpool having to contend woth so many home shirts back in their own half.
28'
Henderson, Gerrard and Sterling working some neat little angles before Sturridge fires a shot over the bar from 22 yards.
27'
Liverpool have failed to score in only two matches this season - four is their fewest in an entire PL season. Only Chelsea have gone an entire PL season having failed to score in less, when they failed to find the net on just one occasion in 2009/10.
26'
Another header from Skrtel sails over the bar from the corner. West Ham survive that latest scare. But the home side looking relaxed.
25'
Tomkins with a fine clearing header to divert clear the swerving shot by Suarez. That one looked netbound.
24'
Not exactly a thriller so far, but West Ham have managed to resist the Liverpool attacking machine so far.
23'
Liverpool enjoying 58 percent of possession, but yet to cut open this home defence with real purpose.
22'
Diame thrashes an effort wide of goal from distance. Nice turn and plenty of pace on the shot. But ball was always sailing wide of the target.
21'
Liverpool top of the table at the moment on goal difference, but really looking for three points to move two clear at the end of the evening. Before Man City coming calling next weekend.
20'
Suarez with brilliant control from a West Ham corner. Sends Sterling racing clear, but the shot not the best. Easy enough save in the end for Adrian.
19'
Had no right really to come up with that chip from out wide, just inside the West Ham box.
18'
Suarez sees an effort come back off the bar. Brilliant effort from the Uruguayan striker. So unfortunate. That would have been a thrilling way to hit 30 for the season.
17'
Gerrard with a lovely ball out to Flanagan who picks out Suarez, but Tomkins does enough to knock the ball behind for a corner.
16'
The West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce chewing frantically on his gum. He looks quite content with his lot at the moment.
15'
West Ham seem content to let Liverpool have the ball in their own half. Game plan is obviously to stand off and let them have it.
14'
Liverpool have conceded 12 headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other team, but have also scored 12, which is the most scored. West Ham have scored just four, with two coming from former red, Andy Carroll.
13'
This game yet to truly settle down. Which will suit West Ham. The physical battle is obviously going to suit West Ham more than the visitors.
12'
Nolan almost in for a shot on goal, but Skrtel reacts well to snuff out the danger with a timely clearance.
11'
Gerrard knocks the ball straight out of play in failing to pick out a team-mate. Frustrating moments for the Liverpool captain there.
10'
Nolan penalised seconds ago for using a high boot as he challenged Coutinho on the edge of the visiting area.
9'
Carroll drives the ball at goal from distance. Ends up hitting off Skrtel. West Ham dropping very deep to accommodate the pace in the Liverpool ranks.
8'
Noble with a strong tackle on Sturridge out wide. Liverpool yet to test Adrian in the home goal. But one suspects that moment is coming.
7'
Sterling drives the ball into the West Ham United box. But the ball deflects off a few home shirts to land in the arms of Adrian.
6'
Diame robbed of the ball as he prepared to pull the trigger. Sterling breaks to the other end, but West Ham do enough to track back. A corner to Liverpool coming up.
5'
Diame with a fine run and cross into the home box looking for Carroll, but Sktrel does just enough to get the ball behind his own goal.
4'
Suarez goes for goal from distance. 25 yards. That ball was a yard or so over the bar. Adrián had to watch that free-kick like a hawk.
3'
Referee Anthony Taylor oversaw a league meeting between these two almost exactly a year ago, on 7 April last year at Anfield – that match ended 0-0.
2'
Skrtel gets the ball out after Downing had managed to elude Sterling out wide. West Ham looking to get on the front foot early on here.
1'
Off we go then for the first half of this contest. Plenty of bubbles being blown by the home support.
15:55
Liverpool have scored 32 goals (inc. OGs) in the first half hour of matches this season – just four fewer than West Ham have managed over the whole 90 minutes (36).
15:50
Here's a BIG stat... Liverpool have scored 88 goals this season, a record for any team after 32 matches of a Premier League season and have netted in their last 22 games since losing 0-2 away Arsenal.
15:45
Fancy a flutter? Here are your pre-match odds... West Ham 8/1, Liverpool 2/5, Draw 4/1.
15:40
Brendan Rodgers: "If you ask players to play as we do, you have to give them the confidence. That is what you want - the courage to play. We work to deal with pressure, to get on the ball. The players know 100% that if they make a mistake, I will take the blame. I have said all along I feel that when there are pressure situations, the players can cope... they can operate at this level without any fear. You see the confidence, there is no anxiety, no pressure."
15:35
Sam Allardyce: "At the moment I think that the Liverpool team, in terms of its form and results, is operating at 100 per cent. Sometimes you can be playing really, really well and not achieve the results that those performances deserve, but certainly at the moment their results and performances make them the top team in the league. Other teams have slipped up and they've taken full advantage by producing the quality of football and the goals that they've got over the last period."
15:30
Bad news, West Ham fans: the SAS start. Brendan Rodgers also makes a solitary change as Mamadou Sakho replaces Daniel Agger at the back.
15:25
One change for the Hammers as Pablo Armero comes in at full-back.
15:20
TEAMS – West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Nolan, Tomkins, Armero, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing… Subs: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, C.Cole, J.Cole, Potts, Johnson, Nocerino /// Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge… Subs: Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Lucas, Moses, Allen, Aspas.
15:15
Liverpool’s latest hurdle on their charge to the Premier League title is a trip to Upton Park. Can they return to the top of the bunch? We get underway in 45 minutes.

Starting Line-ups

West Ham United
Liverpool
    • 13
      Adrián
    • Armero
    • 2
      Reid
    • 5
      Tomkins
    • 20
      Demel
    • 14
      Taylor
    • 16
      Noble
    • 11
      Downing
    • 4
      Nolan
    • Diamé
    • 9
      Carroll
Team Manager:  Sam Allardyce
    • 31
      Sterling
    • 15
      Sturridge
    • Luis Suárez
    • 10
      Coutinho
    • 8
      Gerrard
    • 14
      Henderson
    • 2
      Johnson
    • 37
      Skrtel
    • 17
      Sakho
    • 38
      Flanagan
    • 22
      Mignolet
Team Manager:  Brendan Rodgers
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Adrián 0 6 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
P. Armero 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
W. Reid 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
J. Tomkins 0 0 0 2 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
G. Demel 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Downing 0 0 0 41 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 90
M. Noble 0 0 0 51 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 90
M. Diamé 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 85
M. Taylor 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 78
K. Nolan 0 0 0 17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 68
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Carroll 0 0 0 34 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 90
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Mignolet 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Sakho 0 0 0 2 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
G. Johnson 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
M. Skrtel 0 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
J. Flanagan 0 0 0 2 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Gerrard 2 0 2 96 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 90
J. Henderson 0 0 0 85 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 90
P. Coutinho 0 0 0 30 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 45
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. Sterling 0 0 2 43 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Luis Suárez 0 0 2 50 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 90
D. Sturridge 0 0 2 29 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 85
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