Sunday April 7, 2013 Day 32 Finished Anfield

  1. Premier League - Stubborn West Ham frustrate Liverpool

    Premier League - Stubborn West Ham frustrate Liverpool

    A defensive masterclass from West Ham denied Liverpool victory in a well-contested Premier League clash at Anfield. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • West Ham United
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    • 90+5 There's the whistle - West Ham still haven't won at Anfield since 1964 but that is a very good point.
    • 90+5 This time Diame wants the point as he takes the ball into the corner. Jarvis supports and they should ride this out.
    • 90+4 Both sides are trying to win this to be fair as Taylor has a shot blocked by Lucas.
    • 90+3 Poor corner, sails past the goal and out of play.
    • 90+2 Gerrard lofts a ball wide to Suarez, who brings it down and drives a low shot at the near post but Jaaskelainen bats it behind for a corner!
    • 90+1 Gerrard's crossfield pass finds Coutinho, great feet from him to release Johnson but what a tackle by Matt Taylor!
    • 90' FIVE minutes added time - plenty for a winner!
    • 89' Coutinho and Suarez play a one-two on the edge of the box but the man-mountain Collins blocs. And as Suarez receives the throw, Collins again robs him before coolly clearing. Man of the match!
    • 88' West Ham come forward now but Taylor's cross is poor, behind for a goal kick.
    • 87' Pogatetz heads clear, slipping into Tomkins's place with ease it seems.
    • 86' West Ham could be exposed on the break but Assaidi hits well wide when he should have cut inside to pass.
    • 86' GREAT SAVE REINA! Collison with the power header yet somehow Reina claws it off the line! CORRECTION - not a Reina save but off the line by Lucas!!
    • 86' Corner to West Ham after a poor back-header by Johnson.
    • 85' O'Brien is booked for timewasting at a throw.
    • 84' WEST HAM SUB: Pogatetz comes on for Tomkins.
    • 83' INCHES WIDE BY AGGER! Another deflection, so a corner. Fantastic low drive.
    • 82' Tomkins is back on his feet but can barely limp off. West Ham have a throw deep on their right as Pogatetz strips off.
    • 81' Injury to Tomkins now, who looks like he may need to go off.
    • 80' Enrique leads a Liverpool break but his ball is easy for Jaaskelainen, who mis-kicks a clearance straight to touch. Diame is up, maybe he's just knackered. Now Gerrard with a ball wide to Coutinho, but his low cross is cleared before Suarez can pounce!
    • 79' Diame goes down but it's his leg he's holding so Jarvis plays on, running around his stricken team-mate but the cross is poor.
    • 78' Ironic cheers as Collison is penalised for a foul.
    • 77' Liverpool on the attack again as Sturridge hits a low shot at Jaaskelainen following good build-up play from Gerrard.
    • 76' Collison on he right, he picks out Jarvis who decides not to cross but to slide it to an unmarked Taylor, whose low shot is blocked. Dangerous break West Ham!
    • 75' Suarez leads another charge but he holds on to it too long and West Ham clear.
    • 74' Liverpool have had 15 attempts to West Ham's 8. The Hammers still threatening on the break!
    • 73' Suarez skins Collins to feed Sturridge, whose touch lets him down and allows Tomkins to clear.
    • 72' Liverpool have had nearly 80% possession this half. Ouch. A slide-rule pass from Gerrard is just too pacy for Johnson.
    • 71' LIVERPOOL SUB: Henderson off for Assaidi, a more direct wide option.
    • 70' Gerrard goes down under a challenge from Tomkins, a corner is the decision but it looked a clumsy challenge! He did get the ball with his other leg though so I suppose it's a good call!
    • 69' Collins with a defensive header which drops to Suarez, but his lob is well wide.
    • 68' Gerrard finds Coutinho on the left, he takes on Demel and fires a superb drive across goal but it takes a deflection to fly just wide! What an effort! Corner.
    • 67' Agger hits the deck and West Ham could be in but efforts from Diame and Taylor are blocked.
    • 66' Suarez and Coutinho combine and Enrique is in but once again Guy Demel gets goalside and hacks to touch. Really impressed with West Ham's back four today.
    • 65' Gerrard and Henderson combine, now Johnson but his cross is cleared. Now a clear handball by Suarez on the edge of the box, the ball drops to Gerrard whose cross is poked home by Sturridge! No goal, flag up for offside, which spares the ref some blushes as he missed a clear handball!
    • 64' Tomkins goes down in the Liverpool box but no penalty! He's still down as Liverpool break, Coutinho releasing Suarez who wins a corner. No, offside. Enrique did seem to kick Tomkins! Should have been a penalty!
    • 63' WEST HAM DOUBLE SUB: Nolan and Vaz Te off for Collison and Matty Taylor.
    • 62' Suarez is slide-tackled by O'Brien after dithering on the ball.
    • 61' Taylor and Collison are warming up. West Ham under the kosh right now.
    • 60' ACROSS THE FACE OF GOAL AND INCHES WIDE BY SUAREZ! Superb effort from an impossible angle on the right wing, so quick and through the legs of Jaaskelainen and shaving the far post.
    • 59' Jarvis gets the better of Johnson but his looping cross is watched by Reina as it sails out. Now Coutinho races away and he appears to be pulled back by Demel but the ref waves it away. Hmmm - Demel did touch him but Coutinho went down too easily.
    • 58' Liverpool very much dominating possession now - but the lack of a cutting edge is worrying.
    • 57' Another Liverpool attack breaks down and West Ham counter but Reina gathers. End to end. Now Coutinho is in but the flag is up.
    • 56' OFF THE LINE BY TOMKINS! How did Liverpool not score? First Suarez has an effort blocked - it was one of those backheeled crosses he likes - and Gerrard arrived to beat Jaaskelainen with a drive but the defender was there to beat it away!
    • 55' Great run by Jarvis to leave Carragher for dead but Agger with a superb interception! Cole was there!
    • 54' Coutinho rolls the ball into Sturridge, who turns Tomkins but the West Ham defender sticks with him and shepherds the ball behind for a goal kick.
    • 53' The corner causes West Ham some problems but they manage to get it away.
    • 52' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 1-0! Gerrard rolls back the years with a surging run down the right but somehow Suarez fails to convert his low cross! Demel with the interception! Corner.
    • 51' Suarez on the move but a superb challenge from Collins to dispossess him and beat Henderson before bringing it clear.
    • 50' Agger picks the ball up some way out, he hammers a trademark left-footer towards goal but Collins blocks. Liverpool claim handball but that was never a penalty.
    • 49' Henderson plays the ball forward, taking a big touch off Tomkins... almost a corner but just a throw in the end.
    • 48' West Ham have barely had a touch in the opening minutes of this half.
    • 47' Carragher gets forward down the right, winning a corner with his low cross. Gerrard takes but O'Brien heads up in the air. Johnson has a swing but Jaaskelainen claims.
    • 46' Sturridge immediately goes on the run down the right but his cross is cleared. Can see Liverpool really laying the pressure on now.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - Some more of your comments on Twitter: @vaunieshornet: "Hammers to win by 1. LFC to pay the price for not starting Danny Sturridge"; @JamesMadigan1: "West Ham looking better than I expected. But once Liverpool get a goal I think that'll kick start them, sticking with 2-0LFC"; @Murray_Hughes: "2-1 Liverpool! Cole for West Ham but the mighty Reds will fight back with Coutinho and Sturridge" - follow on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Follow on Twitter!
    • 45+2 Not sure what West Ham are complaining about - looked a clear corner to me! - but it's goalless at the break anyway.
    • 45+1 Corner Liverpool that Tomkins protests. Jaaskelainen flaps wildly at it, Sturridge on the right has a dig but the keeper recovers to save! The second cross almost loops in but Jaaskelainen gets a hand on it and, as Demel hacks away for another corner, the ref blows for half-time!
    • 45+1 In the first and only minute of stoppage time as Coutinho's corner is headed clear. Vaz Te takes on Lucas, who gets the better of him and passes back to Reina.
    • 45' It opens up for Henderson, who has support but elects to shoot, deflected wide for a corner.
    • 44' Suarez is tackled by Collins, fairly says the ref, but Liverpool have a throw anyway.
    • 43' Jarvis stands it up for O'Brien, whose near-post cross is glanced high and wide by a kneeling Nolan! Better from West Ham but still nowhere near threatening Reina.
    • 42' Replay shows the ref was probably right there. The ball is back with Jaaskelainen now.
    • 41' Cole cannot believe he hasn't won a corner with that diving header that appeared to come off Carragher.
    • 40' The corner is cleared at the second attempt and Vaz Te buys a foul off Lucas and West Ham have ridden that spell of intense pressure.
    • 39' Liverpool counter, Gerrard in to Coutinho, he picks out Sturridge who can shoot but miscontrols! He manages to squeeze it out to Gerrard on the right, whose low cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 37' Gerrard's corner is short to Coutinho, he gets it back then over-hits a wild cross so deep it lands out for a throw.
    • 36' Enrique earns his side a corner after Vaz Te tries and fails to block the left-back off.
    • 35' Agger is receiving some treatment as he got the ball full in the face off Cole earlier.
    • 34' Suarez fails to pick out an unmarked Sturridge after popping up on the left.
    • 33' Lucas feeds Suarez who can release Sturridge but a vital interception from Demel!
    • 32' Mix-up in the Liverpool defence and Cole is in but Agger flings himself at the rasping half-volley! Miraculous block, he came from nowhere!!
    • 31' Nolan smiles as he is penalised for some rough play on Gerrard.
    • 30' Great run by Enrique from left-back but his through-ball squeezed towards Suarez is just ahead of the Uruguayan.
    • 29' Terrible free-kick from Collins, who you'd expect to be getting into the box, not taking it. Out for a goal kick.
    • 28' Sturridge gives away a free-kick with a tug on O'Brien. He may not be the most technically gifted but he compensates for that in directness and energy. Immediately adds some verve to Liverpool's play.
    • 27' Sturridge leads a counter with his first touch, although his second takes it wide of Suarez. The Uruguayan keeps it in and plays a one-two off a Coutinho backheel before driving a low finish that Jaaskelainen saves! Great football from the South American duo!
    • 26' LIVERPOOL SUB: Downing is not all right to continue and Sturridge, surprisingly dropped, makes his entrance.
    • 25' O'Neil takes the corner, half cleared by Carragher but O'Neil has it back on the right. He feeds Diame, who dribbles from the corner flag towards the edge of the box, bursts past Gerrard and Downing and blasts a rising drive inches over! What a run from Diame!
    • 24' Gerrard's cross is not met by Henderson but the loose ball drops to Downing on the left wing, too high for the volley so he stoops into a header but not enough power on it and Jaaskelainen clears. Downing appears to have shaken off that knock. Meanwhile, West Ham have a corner down the other end...
    • 23' Suarez initially does well to skip away from Collins with a nutmeg but the shot is poor, he snatched at it to send the ball several yards wide.
    • 22' Jarvis with a driven high cross but Reina beats Cole to it and holds on comfortably.
    • 21' Downing is limping about a touch, and Sturridge is warming up.
    • 20' Demel with a complete mis-kick after Tomkins played a great crossfield pass to the right wing. Shame, had he made good contact a chance could have been on.
    • 19' Suarez lets the ball run for Henderson when he probably should have shot or passed himself. Liverpool get it back after the initial clearance, Johnson lofting a superb ball for Downing on the right but he makes a mess of his cut-back despite having an age to pick out a team-mate. West Ham counter but Diame goes it alone and shoots high and wide.
    • 18' Vaz Te with a flicked header from Jarvis's cross but it goes well wide.
    • 17' Johnson gets around O'Brien and there appears to be a trip but Johnson goes down in installments and the ref decides it wasn't a foul! Just outside the box, looked like a wild lunge from O'Brien but not sure if there was contact!
    • 16' West Ham manage to keep the ball in the Liverpool half for more than 10 seconds but the hosts soon clear, countering until Downing loses control of it down the right.
    • 15' Downing runs at O'Brien, good skill as he cuts it back, Henderson gets hold of the loose ball and returns it to Downing but West Ham scramble it clear!
    • 14' Suarez goes down after colliding with Tomkins. Looks like he'll be able to shake it off.
    • 13' Downing's pass for Suarez is intercepted by Tomkins but Liverpool have it back and attack again but Demel challenges Coutinho on the edge of the box.
    • 12' Jeers as Nolan loses control of the ball with Jarvis running through.
    • 11' Good tackle by Demel on Suarez as West Ham are forced to resist some early Reds pressure. Collins had earlier blocked a Suarez shot, the home fans claiming handball but nothing doing.
    • 10' Cole slips the ball wide left to Nolan but he fluffs up the cross, hitting it high and wide.
    • 9' Gerrard mis-hits a half-volley into the ground and it bounces harmlessly wide. That half-chance came from a Suarez cross.
    • 8' Suarez runs at Collins, who tackles him well. The Liverpool star looking a touch isolated.
    • 7' Liverpool with a lot of possession but so far West Ham have narrowed the game well. Coutinho finds some space on the edge of the box though, but his low shot is well held by Jaaskelainen.
    • - @ThePenangCat: "Should be no problem for Liverpool, unless they mess it up. Liverpool 2 - 0 West Ham"... Twitter
    • 6' Diame on the right, he picks out O'Neill, whose centre causes problems but Cole and Nolan are unable to link up and Liverpool clear.
    • 5' Henderson with a Gerrard-style Hollywood ball for Suarez, who had to delay his run and ends up failing to meet the pass.
    • 4' Gerrard with a super through-ball but Coutinho is just offside, half a yard.
    • 3' Suarez gives it away to Vaz Te but he fails to turn and the ball ends up back with his keeper.
    • 2' Lucas late on O'Neil, who will take the free-kick from 30 yards out. Collins and co trot up for it... Reina claims well.
    • 1' Reina pumps a goal kick long but Suarez can only flick it into Jaaskelainen's arms.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 13:25 Some of your predictions here: @JordanTeong: "Liverpool to win 3-1, maybe 3-0"; a:" The hammers may win the toss but nothing else. 3 or 4­ nil for the reds. Keep blowing them bubbles" Follow on Twitter!
    • 13:20 MATCH ODDS: Liverpool (1/3) West Ham United (8/1) Draw (4/1), say William Hill. Hard to see past a Liverpool win - what are your predictions? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Follow on Twitter!
    • 13:15 FACTS: Steven Gerrard has been involved in 18 Premier League goals this season, only in 2008-09 (25) and 2007-08 (19) has he been more productive; Luis Suarez has created 77 chances from open play this season; more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
    • 13:10 COUTINHO WATCH: Philippe Coutinho has three times as many Premier League assists for Liverpool in six apps (3) as Joe Cole managed in 26 for the club (1). The Brazilian playmaker has been involved in a Premier League goal every 74 minutes on average since joining the club (scoring two and assisting three in 369 minutes).
    • 13:05 FACT: Liverpool have won five of their last six home league matches; losing the other.
    • 13:00 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Liverpool have won six of their last eight clashes with West Ham United in the Premier League (L1 D1); After masterminding a draw on his first Premier League trip to Anfield (Jan 2002), Sam Allardyce has seen his teams lose on each of his last eight trips there.
    • 12:55 Sam Allardyce on being unable to field Liverpool's on-loan Carroll: "It's frustrating for him and for us, but that was the terms of the agreement. He looks to be in full flow at the moment and in good goalscoring ability, which is what we've been waiting for for a long time. Our position in the league is strong again, so we want to continue that."
    • 12:50 Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard: "He's 32 years and super fit at the moment. He's played every minute of every (Premier League) game. We've worked very hard on his individual plan to make him as fit as he possibly can be, and the rest has been down to him really. So he's 32, 33 in May, and I still see another three to five years left in him yet as long as everything holds up with his body, which this year has been nigh-on perfect. A new contract is something we will sort out in due course."
    • 12:45 Andy Carroll is ineligible to face his parent club, so Carlton Cole leads the line for West Ham, with Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te in support. Marouane Chamakh sits on the bench. Joe Cole (hamstring) joins Carroll in missing out on an Anfield return. Defender George McCartney's knee injury is not as bad as first feared and does not require surgery, although he misses out, while Mark Noble (shoulder) is unavailable.
    • 12:40 So Liverpool decide to leave Daniel Sturridge on the bench as Luis Suarez leads the line on his own, with Philippe Coutinho and Stewart Downing in support. Raheem Sterling misses out with a thigh strain, while long-term absentees Fabio Borini and Joe Allen (both shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee) are some way short of fitness.
    • 12:35 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Coutinho, Suarez; Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Coates, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Sturridge /// West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Tomkins, Collins, Diame, O'Neil, Nolan, Jarvis, Vaz Te, C.Cole; Subs: Henderson, Potts, Pogatetz, Taylor, Maiga, Collison, Chamakh
    • 12:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and West Ham at Anfield, kicking off at 1.30pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Gerrard lofts a ball wide to Suarez, who brings it down and drives a low shot at the near post but Jaaskelainen bats it behind for a corner!
    • 86' GREAT SAVE REINA! Collison with the power header yet somehow Reina claws it off the line! CORRECTION - not a Reina save but off the line by Lucas!!
    • 83' INCHES WIDE BY AGGER! Another deflection, so a corner. Fantastic low drive.
    • 77' Liverpool on the attack again as Sturridge hits a low shot at Jaaskelainen following good build-up play from Gerrard.
    • 76' Collison on he right, he picks out Jarvis who decides not to cross but to slide it to an unmarked Taylor, whose low shot is blocked. Dangerous break West Ham!
    • 70' Gerrard goes down under a challenge from Tomkins, a corner is the decision but it looked a clumsy challenge! He did get the ball with his other leg though so I suppose it's a good call!
    • 68' Gerrard finds Coutinho on the left, he takes on Demel and fires a superb drive across goal but it takes a deflection to fly just wide! What an effort! Corner.
    • 65' Gerrard and Henderson combine, now Johnson but his cross is cleared. Now a clear handball by Suarez on the edge of the box, the ball drops to Gerrard whose cross is poked home by Sturridge! No goal, flag up for offside, which spares the ref some blushes as he missed a clear handball!
    • 64' Tomkins goes down in the Liverpool box but no penalty! He's still down as Liverpool break, Coutinho releasing Suarez who wins a corner. No, offside. Enrique did seem to kick Tomkins! Should have been a penalty!
    • 60' ACROSS THE FACE OF GOAL AND INCHES WIDE BY SUAREZ! Superb effort from an impossible angle on the right wing, so quick and through the legs of Jaaskelainen and shaving the far post.
    • 56' OFF THE LINE BY TOMKINS! How did Liverpool not score? First Suarez has an effort blocked - it was one of those backheeled crosses he likes - and Gerrard arrived to beat Jaaskelainen with a drive but the defender was there to beat it away!
    • 55' Great run by Jarvis to leave Carragher for dead but Agger with a superb interception! Cole was there!
    • 52' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 1-0! Gerrard rolls back the years with a surging run down the right but somehow Suarez fails to convert his low cross! Demel with the interception! Corner.
    • 50' Agger picks the ball up some way out, he hammers a trademark left-footer towards goal but Collins blocks. Liverpool claim handball but that was never a penalty.
    • 45+1 Corner Liverpool that Tomkins protests. Jaaskelainen flaps wildly at it, Sturridge on the right has a dig but the keeper recovers to save! The second cross almost loops in but Jaaskelainen gets a hand on it and, as Demel hacks away for another corner, the ref blows for half-time!
    • 39' Liverpool counter, Gerrard in to Coutinho, he picks out Sturridge who can shoot but miscontrols! He manages to squeeze it out to Gerrard on the right, whose low cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 32' Mix-up in the Liverpool defence and Cole is in but Agger flings himself at the rasping half-volley! Miraculous block, he came from nowhere!!
    • 27' Sturridge leads a counter with his first touch, although his second takes it wide of Suarez. The Uruguayan keeps it in and plays a one-two off a Coutinho backheel before driving a low finish that Jaaskelainen saves! Great football from the South American duo!
    • 25' O'Neil takes the corner, half cleared by Carragher but O'Neil has it back on the right. He feeds Diame, who dribbles from the corner flag towards the edge of the box, bursts past Gerrard and Downing and blasts a rising drive inches over! What a run from Diame!
    • 17' Johnson gets around O'Brien and there appears to be a trip but Johnson goes down in installments and the ref decides it wasn't a foul! Just outside the box, looked like a wild lunge from O'Brien but not sure if there was contact!
    • 15' Downing runs at O'Brien, good skill as he cuts it back, Henderson gets hold of the loose ball and returns it to Downing but West Ham scramble it clear!
    • 11' Good tackle by Demel on Suarez as West Ham are forced to resist some early Reds pressure. Collins had earlier blocked a Suarez shot, the home fans claiming handball but nothing doing.
    • 7' Liverpool with a lot of possession but so far West Ham have narrowed the game well. Coutinho finds some space on the edge of the box though, but his low shot is well held by Jaaskelainen.
    • 12:35 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Coutinho, Suarez; Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Coates, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Sturridge /// West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Tomkins, Collins, Diame, O'Neil, Nolan, Jarvis, Vaz Te, C.Cole; Subs: Henderson, Potts, Pogatetz, Taylor, Maiga, Collison, Chamakh
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