Liverpool’s upcoming fixture on the weekend is West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday 11th December at 4:30pm.
The last 5 matches between Liverpool and West Ham have not been pretty for the Reds and should fill West Ham with huge confidence regardless of form at the moment. 4 of the last 5 matches have come under Klopp’s regime but it can be argued that the team being used at the time were not of Klopp’s choosing. But now, there should not be any excuses.
The last time the two teams met, Liverpool lost 2-1 in the FA Cup. This was a replay from the previous game but resulted in the Hammers taking the victory in the dying seconds of Extra Time. West Ham were leading going into half time thanks to Michail Antonio’s finish from Enner Valencia’s cross. Phillipe Coutinho scored a beautiful freekick that Ronaldinho himself would be proud of. Sneaking the ball under the wall from a dead ball situation is such a cheeky finish but one that sent Liverpool level into full time. Extra Time was required and it was sadly West Ham that found the winner through Ogbonna’s looping header over Mignolet from Payet’s freekick. Liverpool were sent crashing out of the FA Cup.
As you may have guessed, with the previous game being a replay, the Anfield match between the two ended as a 0-0 draw. The game was full of youth players and fringe players which is to be expected when the Premier League fixtures are piling up. West Ham’s GK Randolph had a standout performance against the Reds and led to Liverpool being ultimately frustrated with the goal-less draw.
Another defeat to West Ham was prior to the draw with the Hammers winning 2-0 in the League at Upton Park. Antonio again being the source of problems as his pace could not be matched. He opened up the scoring 10 min into the game which became the first Premier League of 2016 and then Andy Carroll scored against his former employers with a trademark header. This was the 2nd game in the league that Liverpool had lost to West Ham and became the first time in 52 years that West Ham had done the double over Liverpool.
Again, with West Ham having done the double over Liverpool that season, it is easy and regrettable to ascertain that Liverpool had, once again, fallen at the hands of West Ham. This time, in the form of a 0-3 loss to the Hammers. West Hame took the lead inside 3 mins with Lanzini scoring and it got worse for Liverpool 26 minutes later as Noble added his name to the scoreline. From bad to worse now with Coutinho being sent off 7 minutes into the 2nd half but Mark Noble followed him back down to the dressing room as he was sent off in the 78th min. Daifro Sakho added salt to the open wounds by scoring in the 2nd min of added time at the end of the 2nd half.
The last time Liverpool beat West Ham was 5 games ago and almost 2 years ago on the 31st January 2015 at Anfield. 2nd half goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool all 3 points. Looking at the team that played that day, 4 of the starting 11 are still starter players for Liverpool now, 3 no longer play for Liverpool, 3 are rotational players and 1 has almost been exiled by management. It is strange to see how the club has evolved since the arrival of Klopp but more so in caliber of players.
The first match that any Liverpool fan thinks of when West Ham is mentioned playing against their beloved Reds is THAT match in 2006 where Gerrard took central stage and carried Liverpool to FA Cup Glory. West Ham took the lead thanks to an Own Goal by Jamie Carragher and Dean Ashton’s finish but there was hope instilled into Liverpool following Djibril Cisse cutting the deficit in half with a exquisite scissor-kick into the bottom corner. Just after half-time, a volleyed finish by Gerrard bought the scoreline level but Konchesky’s cross/shot led to West Ham taking the lead once again before Gerrard decided that he’d had enough and went for the spectacular. The tannoy was giving the time for added time when the ball dropped to Gerrard all of 35 yards out and, like an arrow shot from a bow, bottom corner with expert precision. Liverpool were level at 3-3 and the game was going to Extra Time and, eventually, penalties. Reina, who had a relatively poor game up until Extra Time, turned up with 3 saves which sent the FA Cup to Anfield. Captain Fantastic turned up when his club needed him the most.