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Five Things We Learned At London Stadium

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1) Playing two strikers can actually work

I've been saying for months now, Liverpool should not be afraid to field two strikers. For me, the whole season we have faced sides such as West Ham and failed to break them down with our Plan A. I love Jurgen Klopp but I think most of us would agree that he can be a bit stubborn at times. On far too may occasions this season Klopp has decided for whatever reason to field the same tactics and an extremely similar team against sides who are determined to make things difficult for us.

Teams like West Ham all season have been more than happy to sit back and allow Liverpool to keep possession, fail to score due to a lack of ideas and a lack of directness and then simply hit us on the break.

In my opinion, having a true striker like Daniel Sturridge on, even better in a front two gives us a much greater chance of breaking down this kind of opposition. Yes it took a significant proportion of the game to take effect on Sunday but it is not a coincid…

Reds Dealt Hammer Blow In Cup

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Knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time, it's a tough way to go out but the Reds only have themselves to blame after missing chance after chance after chance on Tuesday night. Luckily there was nothing too exciting on display as Jurgen Klopp had been instructed to remain calm following an operation to remove his appendix. Liverpool however did look positive initially but things began to crumble as West Ham grew into the game, despite playing for 120 minutes, the Reds just never really found a way back.

West Ham Volley The Irons found the back of the net at the perfect time as Michail Antonio struck a wonderful volley on the stroke of half time. There was little Simon Mignolet could do and it was a well deserved goal for West Ham who had been building pressure on the Liverpool defence.

As with several games this season, Klopp's side once again had failed to capitalise on some positive play, it wasn't as though we were lacking in chances, we just cannot s…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

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First of all folks, my apologies for the missing Sunderland match report I had to collate and make sure I had sorted all of my data/photographs I gathered towards dissertation after my visit to Liverpool on Saturday. In the end, a friend from Twitter was actually able to find me a spare for the game so I watched the match and also took part in the Walk Out On 77 protest. It is very rare I get to visit Anfield for a multitude of reasons and so it was fantastic to be there as always and I felt extremely proud to stand with the fans and take part in what appears to have been an effective protest.


"It is in everyone's best interest to find a solution" 
- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool FC ticket prices.
With several people adamant that the protest would lead to nothing I feel vindicated in my decision to stand up for what I believe in and I can only hope that the new discussions the club have announced this week will lead to a change in the ticketing structure.

Anyway... On to the g…

Five Things We Learned From The West Ham Draw

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One: The Reds are dire in front of goal. A snore draw in the FA Cup with West Ham on Saturday evening once again highlighted a now desperate need for a prolific goalscorer. In a match that Christian Benteke started, the Belgian failed to stamp a mark on the game and when faced with promising chances was incapable of finding the back of the net. He's clearly low on confidence and the Reds just can't afford to waste chances at the moment.

You have to feel that including Daniel Sturridge in Saturday's team would have solved some of the main problems because the possession levels and pressure on the ball were fine, even the defensive display was relatively strong, we just can't bloody score! Waiting for the Sturridge return though and then pinning all our hopes on his ability to remain fit? It's just not a long term option is it.
Two: James Tomkins isn't as hard as I thought he was. Tomkins is in his 8th year as a West Ham player (including a short loan spell to D…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield on Saturday evening as Jürgen Klopp aims for another win in yet another cup game. The Reds of course come into this clash having secured their place in the league cup final beating Stoke on penalties, the Hammers pack a punch though and many feel this may be a step too far for the Reds.

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Injuries
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi. The game also comes too early for any hint of Daniel Sturridge though with no real clarification of a return, who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and he'll randomly appear on the bench? It could be another experimental side from Klopp though who may opt for youth over experience after many senior players completed 120 minutes in the week.
For West Ham, they are missing Andy Carroll and Lanzini, Mark Noble has also been out with illness but should be available for a return on Saturday.
Previous Meetings 
The last time the tw…

Hammers Complete Double Over Reds

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Slaven Bilic's side got the better of Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon via goals from ex Red Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio. Jurgen Klopp watched on as his side struggled to create any concrete chances in front of the West Ham goal and whilst some will argue a refereeing decision may have aided the home side, Liverpool certainly did not deserve to get anything from the game.

Christian Benteke led the line for Liverpool and he quickly came under fire from pundits and fans alike during the game. I said as soon as we were interested in Benteke that there was no point buying him because we didn't have the right players to work for him, to add insult to injury his price tag was £32.5 million, I knew it wouldn't take long before fans turned and blamed him for all our issues but the fact is, it's not all his fault.

Our team on Saturday just felt completely disjointed. The flashes from Coutinho and Firmino are predictable at times and sides like West Ham just a…

West Ham Record First Win At Anfield Since 1963

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at Anfield on Saturday as West Ham notched up an historic win at Anfield, their first victory here since 1963. The Hammers put three past a sloppy Liverpool side who failed miserably in their defensive duties and were unable to create any real attacking threat.

West Ham took just three minutes to get off the mark at the Kop End. A relatively poor defensive header from Skrtel allowed the ball to fall into the path of Cresswell who despite being closed down by Clyne was able to assist Lanzini who fired home the first goal of the game.

The goal left the Reds somewhat shell-shocked and we didn't react positively after going 1-0 down. Attacking wise we didn't appear to pose a significant threat and Christian Benteke for me once again looked completely lost. He's wasted in Brendan's preferred formation and it's seriously beginning to do my head in. The sooner Sturridge is back, the better.

The Reds' best hope of getting back …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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After picking up a well earned point at the Emirates on Monday evening Liverpool must now welcome fellow Londoners West Ham to Anfield on Saturday. It's fair to say that the Hammers have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League under Bilic, so can the Reds collect all three points?
Liverpool have a few injury woes to contend with going into the game. Long term absentees Sturridge and Flanagan are still out whilst Lallana, Henderson and Allen also join that list with no return dates.
For Bilic’s side, they also have several fitness issues. Zarate, Valencia and Carroll are out long term whilst the game may come too early for O’Brien and Sakho. Also doubtful is their young starlet Oxford who has impressed players and pundits alike recently.
The last time the two sides met was in January this year after the Reds picked up a 2-0 win at home. Sturridge and Sterling were on the scoresheet that day. West Ham have a terrible record at Anfield, they haven't won at L4 since 1963.

Sturridge Hits The Ground Running

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Liverpool notched up a 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday as youngster Raheem Sterling found the back of the net followed by a returning Daniel Sturridge. The long awaited return of the number 15 could not have been more perfect, a standing ovation as he prepared to enter play on the touchline was quickly followed by rapturous celebration as he found Liverpool's second goal of the game in style.

The first half for Liverpool was not brilliant in all honesty. The Reds were creating a lot of movement and West Ham offered little threat however we couldn't seem to find that final killer ball. Breaks from the likes of Coutinho and Sterling almost had the Hammers in knots particularly after a link up early on between these two.

A lovely back heel from Sterling fell for Philippe Coutinho, squaring up for the shot it looked like the perfect chance to take the lead however the Brazilian was denied by Adrian.

Another incident in the first half involving Sterling occurred when he appeared…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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Liverpool must prepare themselves to face West Ham on Saturday as they pick up the pieces after their unfortunate loss to Chelsea in the League Cup semi final on Tuesday evening. The huge positive for Liverpool of course is the return of Daniel Sturridge who will surely be anxious but raring to go.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are unable to call upon long term absentee Jon Flanagan whilst Mamadou Sakho is a doubt after picking up a back issue in the Chelsea fixture. For West Ham up until recently they had a long injury list however with just a few minor doubts manager Sam Allardyce should have a relatively full squad to choose from on Saturday.

The last time the two sides met was in September last year. The game was one to forget for Liverpool as they conceded three goals with just Raheem Sterling on the score sheet.

The last meeting between the sides at Anfield was in December 2013. This was a better game for the Reds, despite an own goal from Martin Skrtel, Brendan's side we…

Liverpool Left Shell-Shocked By West Ham

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's West Ham team on Saturday after a ruthless start from the home side. The Reds barely had chance to compose themselves before the Hammers found the back of the net and things quickly went from bad to worse for Brendan Rodgers' side.

It took just over a minute for West Ham to get the game underway. A free kick from ex Red Stewart Downing was whipped into the box. Tomkins at the far post headed it back across goal and Winston Reid with another header from close range put the home side in front.

The Liverpool defence were all over the place. It's not a recent problem either but with the reintroduction of Martin Skrtel it was hoped he would add some stability however it was clear this new back four were still learning how to work together.

Five minutes later and West Ham were at it again. After Liverpool lost possession in midfield the Hammers broke quickly. An assist from Mark Noble allowed Diafra Sakho to have a …

Reds Ready To Face Hammers

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Liverpool travel to London on Saturday evening as they aim to thrive off their Champions League win over Ludogorets earlier in the week. Brendan will face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side who currently find themselves 13th in the league.

The injury list for Liverpool is still a pretty long one. Missing from action are Sturridge, Allen, Johnson, Flanagan and Can. West Ham are also without some key players as Carroll, Nolan and Jarvis are all unavailable.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. Two penalties from Steven Gerrard saved the day in a vital fixture for the Reds who were right in the midst of a title race. I was on a flight from Manchester to Budapest when this game was on, it was absolute agony not knowing the score, when I landed I had a text from my brother just saying 1-1, luckily just before I could start balling another one came through saying 2-1 FT!

The last time West Ham beat Liverpool on their home turf was in February 2011. Glen Johnson scored a c…

Reds Aim To Hammer Home Their Title Credentials

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Liverpool make the trip down south on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side. With the Reds sitting proudly on their perch, an away game against a side that can cause problems is a daunting task for Liverpool and as Brendan Rodgers has said many times we must take each game as it comes. The title is in our hands but we must win, continuously.

Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much none existent with just Jose Enrique still missing. For West Ham, they are without the likes of McCartney and Collins. They also have a problem with front man Nolan who has suffered a back injury recently.

Just in case you didn't know, Liverpool currently find themselves top of the soddin league! On a very nice 71 points and with a plethora of goals the Reds must feel confident going into this game. West Ham find themselves 11th in the league currently on 37 points. Big Sam may not be famed for sexy football, sexy anything for that matter but he seems to have pleased …

Reds Take 3 Points Whilst Teams Around Them Falter

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It was another confident win for Liverpool as the Reds walked away with a 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday. The visitors unwittingly aided Liverpool's victory with two own goals whilst Martin Skrtel scored for the Hammers at a point where the game could have ended very differently. Two late efforts from Suarez though (one given to him and one not) meant Liverpool had safely sealed the win and pushed themselves into 2nd place.

Liverpool started with a slightly different line up after Brendan Rodgers opted for Sakho in defence. West Ham on the other hand had a striker up front who hadn't scored in months on end.

It took nearly the full first half for a goal to enter the game and in fairness to West Ham they did have a few chances in the first half. Liverpool however were clearly the dominant party and it would surely only be a matter of time before the Reds took the lead at home.

The goal did arrive but it was gifted to Liverpool via a mishap between keeper and defender. Jaask…

Reds On For A Winner Against West Ham

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After a brilliant if somewhat solo performance from Liverpool and Luis Suarez against Norwich midweek, the Reds will be looking to continue their streak against West Ham at home this Saturday. This is certainly the kinder half of December for Liverpool and so fans will be hoping for more of the same and another three points wrapped up this weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool are still the same with Enrique, Coates and Sturridge all out long term. For West Ham they have a few injury problems to contend with. Still out are Vaz Te and Carroll and midfielder Ravel Morrison will be unable to feature as he is serving a one match ban.

West Ham currently find themselves in 17th on 13 points. The Londoners are on a bit of a poor run at the moment having only won one of their last six games, this came in a match against Fulham at home. Liverpool find themselves in 4th place on 27 points and the Reds have won three out of their last six league games.

The last time the two sides met was in April ear…

Dire Draw As Reds Fail To Score

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Well it was a rather dire 90 minutes to endure for anyone sitting at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool failed to find the back of the net and West Ham put everyone behind the ball hoping for a break. If anything this game proved that the Reds have no real plan B when a side faces them and plays the long ball, similar to Stoke, we appear to struggle to take anything from the game and just can't break through.

Brendan started a strong side with Suarez leading the line, Sturridge had to start from the bench although he featured early on after replacing Stewart Downing.

Coutniho and Suarez were the most lively in Red shirts and a very early chance from Phillipe forced Jaaskelainen into a save. At 25 minutes Daniel Sturridge was brought into play and it was soon clear Liverpool would need all the firepower they could get if they were going to find a way through the West Ham defence.

West Ham were gifted a chance just before half time when Carragher put pressure on Lucas who didn't ge…

Carroll & Cole Won't Make Anfield Return

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West Ham are the visitors to Anfield on Sunday as they look to really cement their stay in the Premier League. After coming back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa last weekend Liverpool showed real fight and with the Anfield crowd behind them you would hope to see a home win and all 3 points collected.

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries and although they won't be available there was some positive news this week with Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly spotted back in training. West Ham are unable to use Andy Carroll due to the terms of his loan agreement and another ex red Joe Cole will be unable to play, he remains out with a hamstring injury. The Hammers are also without Mark Noble.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, in a game packed full of goals Liverpool were the eventual winners, the game ended 3-2. Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Jonjo Shelvey were on the scoresheet for the Reds that day.

The last time West Ham paid a visit to Anfield was in Nove…

London Lads Lead Liverpool Win

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Liverpool collected all three points at Upton Park on Sunday but it was close to being a different story for the Reds when they lost their lead in the first half. On the score sheet for Liverpool were Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, Shelvey almost got the last touch for the third goal too, making it a very Southern affair.

With no Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers did make the decision to start Jonjo Shelvey up front with Sterling and Downing supporting him. It's obviously not a natural role for Jonjo but he played in the number 9 position in the Europa League and actually did quite well.

The game started encouragingly for Liverpool who burst out the blocks intent on attack. West Ham had picked up some good results of late and we certainly couldn't afford to take them lightly. The first real chance of the game fell to Diame but it was a comfortable stop for Reina.

Glen Johnson was very lively to start with and he was beating winger Matt Jarvis with ease enabling him to either head for …

Trip To West Ham But There's No Carroll

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Liverpool have an away trip to Upton Park on Sunday as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham. Ex Liverpool man Andy Carroll won't be present though as he's unavailable through injury and would be ineligible to play against his old side.

Other injury worries for West Ham mean Vaz Te, Diarra and Collison are out but Yossi Benayoun could be available to start on Sunday. For Liverpool their main problem is the absence of Luis Suarez who misses the game after picking up his 5th yellow card against Southampton.

West Ham are currently in 8th whilst Liverpool are down in 11th however the gap is only 3 points. The Reds last match in the league saw them notch up a win against Southampton and coupled with their win over Udinese they go into Sunday's game in decent form.

The problem Liverpool will have to assess though is where they're going to get their goals from, with Suarez out it makes things tens times harder. Jonjo Shelvey has played a few times further up the …

Parker Starts The Party For West Ham

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Gutting to see Kelly pull up, wish him a speedy recovery...
An inspired performance from West Ham saw Liverpool fall to a rather embarrassing defeat yesterday as the Hammers put three past Pepe Reina whilst the Reds could only muster one return goal. No arguments i feel, we just have to own up to the fact that West Ham were the better team.

A side consisting of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Kelly and Danny Wilson (two of which were injury doubts) meant that Liverpool had some fresh legs and a strong eleven on display.

An early effort for Liverpool got us off on the right foot after Raul Meireles got himself into a decent position heading into the Hammers area. A headed attempt which needed a lot of effort just to reach in the first place was sent just wide.

This early positive wasn't going to set the theme for Liverpool though as West Ham quickly began to gain a hold.

I mentioned in my match preview that in order for West Ham to be successful their star man Parker would need …