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  • Benayoun (19), N'Gog (29), Green (59 og)
  • Date:2010-04-19
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:37697
  • Referee:Walton, P

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

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

90mins

Three minutes to be added on.

87mins

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.

82mins

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

81mins

Julien Faubert is booked for a clumsy late challenge on Maxi

80mins

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

77mins

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

76mins

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.

72mins

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

72mins

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

68mins

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

65mins

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

59mins

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.

56mins

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

50mins

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.

45mins

We are underway again at Anfield

45mins

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

45mins

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.

42mins

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.

42mins

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

39mins

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

34mins

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

30mins

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.

27mins

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.

24mins

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

19mins

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.

16mins

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.

11mins

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.

7mins

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.

3mins

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

0mins

We are underway here at Anfield.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

Match Preview

West Ham United have struggled away from home all season and have not won on the road since beating Wolves on the opening day.

With their Premier League status on the line they face a tough trip to Anfield, a place they have not won at since 1963.

Following two draws in their last two games, Liverpool's chase for the fourth Champions League spot looks to be petering out. The Reds however will be no pushovers, having won eight of their last nine home games and having lost just twice there all season.

In 14 Premier League visits to Anfield, the Hammers have netted just four goals and their best hope of points could come from a goalless draw in this game after three of the four points they have garnered in previous visits have come from stalemates.

On their last visit to Liverpool two weeks ago, the Irons secured a valuable point at Everton and the same result here would be hugely important for the east London side.

England hopeful Carlton Cole is confident West Ham can continue their recent revival and maintain their top flight position.

Cole said: "We had a good result against Everton last week and on Saturday we had an even better result at home. I think we can build on this and get more points on the table with more wins.

"Obviously Liverpool are a good side as well, but hopefully we can go back up to Merseyside and get another result."

Luis Boa Morte has returned to reserve-team action, but a first-team return is unlikely to come this week. The Hammers are still without Scott Parker, who is suspended, but they have no fresh injury concerns.

Liverpool's star hitman Fernando Torres is battling to recover from a knee injury and with a Europa League semi-final in the same week he may be rested for this encounter.


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.

Liverpool

West Ham United

Corners

92

Fouls

913

Goal attempts

Shots off target

113

Offsides

21

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