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  • Date: Mon 19 April 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Walton, P
  • Attendance: 37,697
Liverpool

Liverpool

Benayoun (19)

N'Gog (29)

3 - 0

Liverpool vs West Ham United

Team Lineups

Liverpool

Jose Manuel Reina
Glen Johnson
Daniel Agger
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Jamie Carragher
Steven Gerrard (Javier Mascherano, 72)
Yossi Benayoun (Philipp Degen, 78)
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez
Leiva Lucas
Dirk Kuyt
David N'Gog (Ryan Babel, 81)

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector (Fabio Daprela, 80)
Manuel Da Costa
Radoslav Kovac
Mark Noble
Julien Faubert
Valon Behrami
Junior Stanislas (Luis Guillermo Franco, 46)
Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan
Carlton Cole (Benni McCarthy, 72)

Match Report
Robert Green's second-half own-goal capped a miserable night for struggling West Ham as Liverpool strolled to a 3-0 win at Anfield and kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish. Yossi Benayoun and David N'gog got the ball rolling with goals inside the first-half hour and the Reds continued to completely dominate in front of their lowest crowd of the season and just before the hour Green was left helpless when Sotirios Kyrgiakos' header hit a post and bounced in off him. The Reds flew out of the blocks with Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez forcing Green into action at his near post in the opening five minutes. Soon after N'gog tamely headed straight at Green after being sent clear but the Reds grabbed the lead in the 19th minute. Steven Gerrard's free-kick found former West Ham star Benayoun, who neatly chested the ball down and watched the ball go in off the far post. The Hammers finally came to life a minute later as Carlton Cole's shot was palmed behind by Pepe Reina. But the game was all over as a contest in the 29th minute. Benayoun and Rodriguez combined to find N'gog and the young striker fired a fierce shot beyond Green. Kyrgiakos and N'gog then wasted further chances to add to the lead and the busy Green turned behind a Dirk Kuyt shot just before the break as the Merseysiders continued to press. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola introduced Mexican striker Guillermo Franco for Junior Stanislas but it was still one-way traffic. Gerrard thought he should have had a penalty on 55 when his free-kick smashed into Mark Noble's hand in the wall. But they had to wait just four minutes for another goal when Kyrgiakos poked a Gerrard free-kick onto a post and the ball went in off Green's leg. Rodriguez was denied a fourth by a Green save as West Ham waved the white flag to stay just one place above the drop zone.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

LIVERPOOLO 3-0 WEST HAM A comfortable home win for Liverpool, who know switch attention to the Europa League, West Ham meanwhile still aren't safe yet.

90

Radoslav Kovac tries a shot from 25 yards that drifts harmlessly wide.

90

Three minutes to be added on.

87

Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke look glum on the touchline, they know their side has been well beaten tonight and need at least another win to be sure of safety.

82
Substitution
 

Another change...this time Ryan Babel replaces David N'Gog.

81
Yellow Card
 

Julien Faubert is booked for a clumsy late challenge on Maxi

80
Substitution
 

Another change for West Ham, Fabio Daprela is on for Jonathan Spector.

77
Substitution
 

Yossi Benayoun is warmly applauded by fans as he makes way for Philipp Degen.

76

The game is drifting now, Liverpool know they have won, West Ham kwow they have lost, it's just a matter of by how many.

72
Substitution
 

West Ham also make a change, with Benni McCarthy replacing Carlton Cole.

72
Substitution
 

Steven Gerrard is taken off, perhaps with the Europa League in mind, and Javier Mascherano replaces him.

68

West Ham finally force a save out of Pepe Reina when Carlton Cole is played in by Franco, but the Liverppol stopper does really well to come out and block the England man's effort

65
Yellow Card
 

Radoslav Kovac is booked for appearing to shove referee Peter Walton. He is very lucky not to see red for that.

59
Goal
 

LIVERPOOL 3-0 WEST HAM Don't say I didn't warn you! Gerrard's free kick was met by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, whose header hit the post only for the rebound to hit Hammers 'keeper GREEN and go into the net for an own-goal.

56

More Liverpool pressure, resulting in a Lucas shot that goes well over, it's been one way traffic since the break.

50

Liverpool have dominated the early possession so far and nearly made it three when Kuyt's low cross just evaded N'Gog at the near post. At this rate it is only a matter of how many Liverpool will score.

Second half
 

We are underway again at Anfield

45
Substitution
 

Half time change for West Ham with Luis Guillermo Franco on for Junior Stanislas.

Half time
 

There's the whistle and after a quiet start Liverpool have put themselves in complete control. West Ham have only scored 4 times at Anfield since the Premier League started, so I can't see them getting the 2 they need to rescue a point in this one.

42

N'Gog goes down following a trip by Valon Behrami in the same area where he 'dived' to win a penalty against Birmingham earlier in the season. Perhaps that was playing on ref Peter Walton's mind as he waved away Liverpool's appeals for a spot kick.

42

A great low effort from Dirk Kuyt is tipped behind by Green at full stretch, West Ham are getting overrun here at the moment.

39

Gerrard is hauled down on the edge of the box but his free kick sails well over the bar.

34

First chance of the game for West Ham as Carlton Cole bursts through the middle, but he drags his shot wide from 25 yards.

30
Goal
 

LIVERPOOL 2-0 WEST HAMIt could be a long night for the Hammers now. Maxi's cross from the right is met on the bounce by N'Gog, whose shot appears to go right through Green's glove and into the net.

27

Sotirios Kyrgiakos is unmarked six yards from goal but his header from Gerrard's corner thumps into the turf and bounces over, what a miss by the Greek defender.

24

Valon Behrami is tripped 30 yards from goal by Dirk Kuyt but the resulting effort goes well over.

19
Goal
 

LIVERPOOL 1-0 WEST HAM We have a break through! Gerrard's free kick from the right is met by BENAYOUN, who forced the ball home with a combination of chest and upper arm.

16

West Ham have their first chance to break forward after Steven Gerrard's mis-placed pass, but the move breaks down as soon as they reach the edge of the Liverpool area. More quality is needed if they are to force a shot on goal.

11

There is a definite end-of-season feel to the game now, with plenty of empty seats at Anfield not helping the atmosphere. The players need to give the supporters a lift.

7

Chance for Liverpool! Johnson's free kick from the right evades the punch of Rob Green, but three Reds players fail to get a touch to divert it towards goal.

3

Good start from Liverpool, who are dominating the early possession and forced Rob Green into a decent early save from Maxi Rodriguez,

Kickoff
 

We are underway here at Anfield.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Ham name the same side that beat Sunderland on 10 April, with Scott Parker serving the second of his two-match ban. It's Carlton Cole and Ilan up front for the Hammers, who havent beaten Liverpool at Anfield since 1963.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Three changes for Liverpool tonight with Yossi Benayoun, Lucas and Dirk Kuyt coming in for Alberto Aquilani, Ryan Babel and Javier Mascherano, who all drop to the bench. With no Fernando Torres it's Kuyt and David N'Gog who will lead the line.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Liverpool face West Ham at 8pm on Monday, April 19th.