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West Ham v Liverpool

Upton Park
6 Apr 2014, KO: 16:00

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Post We’ll be back next Sunday for the small matter of that game at home to City…YNWA
Post And that’s all from our coverage of another victorious day for the Reds in this incredible season that just keeps on giving.
Post Check the Liverpoolfc.com homepage now for a full write-up from the Northern Irishman’s briefing at Upton Park.
Post Rodgers was also effusive in his praise of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and defenders Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel following the triumph in East London.
Post The boss said: “With the team we put together, the mentality is to be fearless - it doesn't matter who we play. We have to respect them because they've got world-class players, but it's about ourselves and the confidence we have to play. The youngsters will embrace it and enjoy it - there's no pressure on them.”
Post At his post-match press conference, Brendan Rodgers revealed why his table-topping side can approach next weekend’s huge clash against Manchester City with no pressure.
Post The Reds are next in action in a week against City in a mouth-watering clash at Anfield
Post With five games now remaining, Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea in the table and four in front of Manchester City, who have two games in hand
Post Liverpool go back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table
94 FULL-TIME
91 Sterling skips into space on the edge of the box and shoots. He's denied by a flying save from Adrian
90 Four minutes of added time to be played
90 Danger for LFC as Jarvis's cross causes panic in the box. It strikes the arm of Cole and falls for Downing, who shoots over
87 Sterling sends Suarez through on goal but Adrian is off his line quickly to block his toe-poke at goal
85 First Booking: Pablo Armero:
84 Substitution: Kolo Toure for Daniel Sturridge:
84 Substitution: Carlton Cole for Mohamed Diame:
84 Incredible effort from Suarez with the outside of his boot cannons off the crossbar. Would have been some goal, that
82 Nocerino's free-kick is headed wide at the near post by Diame
81 Flanagan concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position for a foul on Jarvis
81 Lucas's long pass finds Sturridge, whose first-time effort is stopped by Adrian
79 First Booking: Antonio Nocerino:
79 Gerrard's goal has taken him above Kenny Dalglish in the club's all-time record goalscorers table. He now has 173 strikes for the club
78 Substitution: Matt Jarvis for Matthew Taylor:
75 Another fantastic Liverpool move opens up West Ham but Suarez completely mis-kicks Lucas's cutback
74 Suarez breaks into the box and tries to cross for Sturridge. It's cut out by Armero, but the No.7 wants a penalty for handball
71 GOAL! Steven Gerrard: No mistake once more from Captain Fantastic!
70 First Booking: Adrian:
69 Flanagan goes down under Adrian's challenge and it's another LFC spot kick
69 Penalty to Liverpool!
67 Substitution: Antonio Nocerino for Kevin Nolan:
66 Sturridge tries an outside-of-the-boot pass for Suarez, but it bounces through for Adrian as the striker can't control
65 Sturridge surges towards the edge of the box after collecting Suarez's knock-down. The England man gets some power behind his effort with the ball bouncing, but it's just over the crossbar
61 Carroll rattles the crossbar with a powerful header from Diame's cross to the back post
60 Sturridge fashions half a yard for a shot on the edge of the box, but he can't connect properly and it's an easy claim for Adrian
59 Gerrard lofts a cross in for Sterling but it can't quite reach him
58 Suarez's can only half-connect to a low Sterling cross with his left foot, and it rolls through harmlessly for Adrian
56 Downing's cross from the left looks dangerous for Liverpool, but the visitors manage to get it away
53 Suarez almost reaches a one-two with Lucas, but Adrian is off his line quickly to clear with his feet
49 Lucas's attempt pass for Johnson rolls through for Adrian
48 Mignolet punches Downing's delivery clear
47 Early West Ham corner in this second half...
46 SECOND HALF: West Ham resume the game
46 Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Philippe Coutinho:
45 Controversy here as West Ham equalise through Demel, who prods home after Mignolet had spilled the ball under the challenge of Carroll. The referee's assistant flagged for a foul, but after much discussion, the goal was given
45 HALF-TIME
45 GOAL! Guy Demel:
45 Gerrard tackles Diame but West Ham have a corner...
44 GOAL! Steven Gerrard: No mistake from the captain!
43 Suarez tries to flick the ball around Tomkins after reaching Gerrard's pass. It loops against the hand of the West Ham defender and it's a penalty to the visitors
43 Penalty to Liverpool!
42 Wonderful skill from Diame sees him skip away from Flanagan down the right. He crosses low for Nolan with his back to goal, but Liverpool manage to avert the danger
40 Coutinho tries to flick a pass over the top to find Sturridge's run, but the striker is blocked off and can't reach it
38 Suarez's attempted cross is blocked by Tomkins. It falls for Sturridge, who drives wide
34 Dangerous run from Downing down the left wing. He sends in a cross, but excellent defending from Flanagan prevents Carroll from reaching it
33 Noble steps up to hit it...wide
32 Sakho is penalised for a foul on Carroll right on the edge of the Liverpool box. A dangerous position
31 A lovely Liverpool move opens up the West Ham defence as Gerrard finds Henderson, who in turn flicks into the path of Sturridge. The striker fires over, however
28 Coutinho's corner is headed well over at the back post by Skrtel
27 Suarez finds space in the box and curls one at goal...Tomkins manages to deflect it behind with his head
24 Downing's volley from Gerrard's headed clearance is blocked by Skrtel
23 Diame spins into space on the corner of the box and fires one at goal, but he's off target
22 Liverpool launch another rapid counter-attack as they clear West Ham's corner. Sterling eventually collects the ball and races into the area, but his delivery only finds the grasp of Adrian
21 Flanagan turns Downing's deep cross behind for a West Ham corner
20 Suarez comes closest so far as chips the ball into the box. The ball loops over everyone and rebounds off the crossbar
19 Liverpool counter once more...Suarez wins a corner from Tomkins
16 Henderson's run into space is picked out by a good ball from Coutinho, but the cross is headed away
15 Gerrard tries to arch a cross into the box from deep, but Reid gets it away with his head
13 Skrtel gets an important toe to the ball to prevent Nolan latching onto Carroll's flick
9 Gerrard's corner is half-cleared to Sterling, who drives the ball back into the danger zone. It takes a deflection off a West Ham player and loops into the arms of Adrian
7 Sterling wins a corner off Tomkins
7 Important challenge by Johnson prevents Diame getting a clear shot on goal
6 Liverpool clear West Ham's corner and launch a counter, but the move breaks down as Coutinho can't find a teammate in the centre from a promising position
5 Diame holds off Flanagan and hoists a cross into the box. Skrtel has to head is over his own bar to prevent it reaching Carroll in the centre
3 Suarez has a go from the free-kick. He's not far off as the ball clips the top of the net
3 Sturridge fouled by Noble 30 yards from the West Ham goal. Free-kick to Liverpool
1 Downing's cross from the left deflects off Sterling and is hooked clear by Skrtel
1 KICK-OFF: Liverpool get the game underway
Pre The players are out on the pitch and kick-off is just moments away
Pre West Ham substitutes: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, C.Cole, J.Cole, Potts, Johnson, Nocerino.
Pre West Ham team: Adrian, Reid, Nolan, Tomkins, Armero, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Lucas, Moses, Allen, Aspas.
Pre Liverpool team: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Rodgers makes one change to his line-up to face West Ham, with Mamadou Sakho replacing Daniel Agger in central defence.
Pre We’ll have confirmed news of Rodgers’ team selection, directly from the away dressing room, before anywhere else – expect that to arrive at around 3pm BST.
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Pre “The way Liverpool are playing at the moment, you've got to worry if they are on top form,” he commented. “But if we play to our strengths, then I think we've got half a chance. With Andy Carroll against your defence, which has not been the strongest this season, we've got a little bit of a chance.”
Pre To get the inside track on what to expect from Sam Allardyce’s outfit on Sunday, we caught up with West Ham supporter Vinny Genco – who provided an honest assessment of his team’s chances.
Pre After the final whistle, we want you to have your say on proceedings via our post-match phone-in show; to get involved, simply phone 0845 234 4567, email lfctv@liverpoolfc.com, text 60070 starting your message with 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
Pre Build-up to today’s match will begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 3pm BST – with pre-match interviews and analysis delivered directly from the home of the Hammers.
Pre Visit the Liverpoolfc.com homepage now for more from the boss and the No.8; there you will also find in-depth interviews with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and midfielder Joe Allen on facing West Ham.
Pre The skipper said: “We always know that if we work hard for each other and if we do the ugly bits that players don't like doing all the time, we know the nice stuff will come out.”
Pre Reds captain Steven Gerrard, who was named the club’s Player of the Month for March on Friday, provided an exclusive take on why his team have been in such imperious form across the campaign.
Pre The Northern Irishman added: “The players are doing their best and we are rinsing absolutely everything out of them - mentally, physically, technically, tactically - and hopefully that continues. We still stay calm and enjoy it.”
Pre “We chunk our season into games,” said the boss. “Sunday will be the last of a block of five games we look to in terms of points. Once that is done there are five games left and we will look at that block and what we need. It's done game by game, really.”
Pre Speaking ahead of the clash against the Hammers, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his belief that his team must navigate their remaining half-a-dozen fixtures in stages.
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Pre The Reds enter the 4pm BST kick-off at Upton Park searching for their ninth consecutive victory in the division; they can also reclaim top spot in the standings with either a win or a draw in East London.
Pre Welcome to the Liverpoolfc.com match centre, where you can follow everything that happens as Liverpool take on West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon.