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Centre by Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Mark Noble fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Christian Poulsen by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Ryan Babel produces a cross, Fabio Aurelio has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Ryan Babel replaces Fernando Torres.
Raul Meireles goes off and Jonjo Shelvey comes on.
Shot by Fabio Aurelio from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by James Tomkins, clearance by Glen Johnson.
Corner taken by Fabio Aurelio, Luis Boa Morte manages to make a clearance.
Mark Noble fouled by Rodriguez Maxi, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Pablo Barrera produces a cross, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
Herita Ilunga goes off and James Tomkins comes on.
Frederic Piquionne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
The official flags Glen Johnson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Fabio Aurelio coming on for David Ngog.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
The referee books Mark Noble for unsporting behaviour.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Dirk Kuyt fouled by Herita Ilunga, the ref awards a free kick. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Benni McCarthy coming on for Carlton Cole.
Rodriguez Maxi sends in a cross.
Centre by Mark Noble, save by Jose Reina.
Frederic Piquionne produces a cross, save made by Jose Reina. Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line to the near post, David Ngog makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line.
Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Radoslav Kovac.
A cross is delivered by Carlton Cole.
Shot from just outside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Luis Boa Morte results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Daniel Gabbidon results in a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi takes the direct free kick.
Frederic Piquionne sends in a cross, save by Jose Reina.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in.
Christian Poulsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, clearance made by Pablo Barrera.
Long distance shot from Mark Noble misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson.
Foul by Lars Jacobsen on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Glen Johnson misses to the right of the target.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Mark Noble takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jose Reina makes a save.
Pablo Barrera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Victor Obinna.
Victor Obinna fouled by Rodriguez Maxi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right channel, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Poulsen by Mark Noble. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Jamie Carragher. Mark Noble produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Liverpool 3-0 West Ham.Fernando Torres takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save. Assist by Paul Konchesky.
Shot from outside the box by Dirk Kuyt misses to the left of the target.
Paul Konchesky produces a cross, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
The ball is sent over by Luis Boa Morte, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Radoslav Kovac on Raul Meireles. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Robert Green. Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Clearance made by Matthew Upson.
The ball is crossed by Lars Jacobsen.
The offside flag is raised against David Ngog. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on David Ngog. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.
Dirk Kuyt scores a penalty. Liverpool 2-0 West Ham.Daniel Gabbidon handles the ball and concedes a . Assist on the goal came from Fernando Torres.
Frederic Piquionne handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Obinna. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
Fernando Torres produces a cross, Lars Jacobsen manages to make a clearance.
Lars Jacobsen produces a cross, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Glen Johnson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 West Ham.Raul Meireles takes a short corner. Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Corner from the right by-line taken by Raul Meireles, assist on the goal came from Raul Meireles.
The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles, clearance by Lars Jacobsen.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Radoslav Kovac gets a block in. Dirk Kuyt challenges Robert Green unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Handball by Carlton Cole. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Fernando Torres, save by Robert Green.
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by David Ngog. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Rodriguez Maxi goes wide left of the target.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance. Corner taken by Raul Meireles, Radoslav Kovac makes a clearance.
The match gets underway.
The referee starts the second half.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Gerrard's England injury angers Hodgson
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he is "disappointed and a little bit angry" about Steven Gerrard's injury sustained on England duty, ruling him out of the home clash with West Ham.
However, he has stressed both he and the player, who is out for three to four weeks with a hamstring tear, are keen to put the matter behind them and concentrate on getting the midfielder back to full fitness.
The 30-year-old was due to play an hour in Wednesday's friendly against France but ended up playing 85 minutes before succumbing to injury.
"As Liverpool manager I am frustrated and disappointed to lose such an important player for such a long period of time," said Hodgson.
"Anything I say - other than I am disappointed and even a little bit angry about it - would be dishonest.
"But I know Steven, as an important player for club and country, is keen to put a tin lid on the matter.
"He is disappointed and sad too but he is going to do everything he can to get back to fitness as quickly as possible."
After Wednesday's match England coach Fabio Capello said he would speak to Hodgson but was not going to apologise.
That phone call has not yet been made but the Liverpool boss is not too concerned.
"I don't expect apologies from anyone and I'm not prepared to add any fuel to the fire," he said.
"My main concern is with Liverpool Football Club, the match against West Ham tomorrow and in particular with Steven Gerrard.
"He is anxious for it to be put behind him and everyone and not to prolong the discussion."
With Lucas Leiva serving a one-match suspension for his sending-off in last weekend's defeat at Stoke and Jay Spearing injuring his ankle in training this morning, options in central midfield look limited.
The likely option seems to be to pair Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles together, although another strategy would be to select teenager Jonjo Shelvey.
Defenders Glen Johnson, back after three games out, and Fabio Aurelio, who has made one substitute appearance since the end of August, are both in the squad. Joe Cole (hamstring) is still a week away from fitness.
Scott Parker is a major doubt for West Ham.
The in-form midfielder is suffering with a chest infection and will need a late fitness check as the Hammers look for their first win at Anfield in 47 years.
Julien Faubert returns to the squad after suspension but Valon Behrami (hip) is still a doubt and Manuel Da Costa (ankle), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are ruled out. Young forwards Zavon Hines (knee) and Junior Stanislas (groin) are back in training but will not be risked.
Mexico winger Pablo Barrera believes West Ham "have a great chance" to drag themselves off the foot of the Barclays Premier League with victory at Liverpool.
The Hammers have secured only one win from their 13 games, and the Upton Park faithful were left frustrated following successive draws against West Brom and Blackpool last week.
Under-fire manager Avram Grant continues, for now at least, to have the full support of the board and insists the results which his team's performances merit will come.
Barrera was one player guilty of missing a golden chance to break the deadlock against Blackpool on Saturday, shooting straight at the keeper from 12 yards.
However, the summer signing is optimistic the Hammers' fortunes will soon turn as they go in search of a first victory at Anfield in almost half a century.
"It will be a very difficult match, but we need to start winning," Barrera said.
"The team is playing well despite being frustrated by the results in the recent matches.
"We have a great chance to get something from Liverpool."
Barrera added on the club's official website: "Against Blackpool, we should have won the match. In general the team played very well. We created a lot of chances, but we didn't score.
"We just need to keep working to come out from this period, because I believe that we've got quality in the squad to do it.
"Of course mentally we are not in our best moment because we have not been winning.
"However, the team is playing well, so we just need a little bit extra to turn draws into wins."
Reds see off hopeless Hammers with ease
It was hardly a proper test of being able to cope without Steven Gerrard but Liverpool did more than enough to dispose of a woeful West Ham 3-0 at Anfield.
With the captain out for a month with a hamstring tear manager Roy Hodgson called for his players to step up to fill the void and the Barclays Premier League's bottom side provide the perfect opposition.
First-half goals from Glen Johnson and Maxi Rodriguez, either side of a Dirk Kuyt penalty, were enough to wrap up the points in the first half.
The visiting fans were less than impressed and directed their anger at manager Avram Grant with chants of `You're getting sacked in the morning'.
It is unlikely Liverpool will have an easier game this season and it was the ideal tonic for them after two poor performances in a 1-1 draw at Wigan and last Saturday's defeat at Stoke which ended a six-game unbeaten run.
Raul Meireles looked better in a more accustomed central position, filling Gerrard's place, while Johnson and Rodriguez also did well and even the much-criticised Christian Poulsen had his best game since joining in the summer.
If there was one criticism it was that Hodgson's side eased up so much after the break they lost all the momentum and rhythm built up in the first half.
But they never looked in danger of conceding and the clean sheet was Jose Reina's 134th in all competitions, taking him past Tommy Lawrence into fourth on the club's all-time list.
West Ham's league record at Anfield is woeful, as they have not won this fixture for 47 years and scored just four Premier League goals in 16 attempts.
The writing was on wall early on as David Ngog forced Robert Green into a low save to his left before Rodriguez and Fernando Torres both fired wide.
Green's goal was being peppered even if the goalkeeper was not being properly extended but that changed in the 18th minute when Raul Meireles' long-range effort was tipped over by the England international.
Meireles swung over the corner and Johnson chested it down before drilling a low shot straight down the middle of the goal with the goalkeeper unsighted by Danny Gabbidon.
It was the first time since the opening weekend of the season a Liverpool goal had not been scored or created by Torres or Gerrard.
England full-back Johnson, criticised by manager Roy Hodgson earlier this month for his poor form, appeared to have got the message on his comeback from a three-match injury absence.
He was a major force down the right in the first half and his cross set up Torres but he uncharacteristically fluff his first-time shot.
But the Spain international contributed to the second goal as it was his flick into the penalty area which bounced off Matthew Upson on to the arm of Gabbidon, allowing Kuyt to roll home a 27th-minute penalty.
Gabbidon was better placed to hook Torres' volley away from an empty net after Green failed to properly clear a Meireles free-kick.
The goalkeeper did better in blocking Torres' shot with his legs but was powerless to stop Paul Konchesky whipping in the rebound to the unmarked Rodriguez, the smallest man in the penalty area, who guided the ball inside the far post with his head.
When Victor Obinna blasted a shot from close range into the top tier of the Anfield Road stand despondent Hammers fans replied with `That's why we're going down'.
The second half had much less to offer than the first as both teams knew the game was over and while West Ham continued to fail to pose a threat Liverpool were content to coast safe in the knowledge the three points were already wrapped up.
Had it not been for Green the score would have been double as he tipped Torres' fierce shot onto the crossbar at full stretch and, in the same move, then turned Poulsen's long-range effort around his left-hand post.
Substitute Fabio Aurelio, making only his second appearance since the end of August, also drove just over.
Liverpool missed the chance to claw back another position or two in the table by failing to improve their goal difference but that was the least of their worries after some indifferent recent performances.
For West Ham and Grant the problems continue to mount.
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