- West Ham vs Liverpool

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Saturday 20 September 2014 | Boleyn Ground | Kick-off 17:30

West Ham
West Ham
0 - 0
Liverpool
Liverpool

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at Boleyn Ground on Saturday 20 September 2014 at 15:00. Due to live broadcasting on Sky Sports it has been moved to a new scheduled date Saturday 20 September 2014 at 17:30.

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Match preview

Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to take the momentum from their midweek European success into Saturday's Barclays Premier League encounter with West Ham United.

On their first UEFA Champions League appearance in five years, Steven Gerrard's late penalty ensured the hosts took maximum points at Anfield having been given a scare by Ludogorets.

Mario Balotelli had opened the scoring with his first goal for the club only for Dani Abalo to level in the final minute of normal time. However, captain Gerrard was Liverpool's hero as he snatched victory late on in a fixture many had envisaged would not pose too many problems.

The win came off the back a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in the BPL and, as Liverpool prepare to return to league action at Upton Park, Rodgers has urged his charges to build on Tuesday's hard-fought triumph.

"Against Villa we weren't at our level in the final third and Villa defended well," the manager said. "We moved on from that, got a great result [against Ludogorets] and the perspective after a couple of days makes it a good result.

"We showed the character and the mental qualities that successful teams have to come through and win the game, something we'll look to take into the weekend.

"Sam [Allardyce's] sides are well set up and always make it difficult for you. It'll be a really good test for us... but we'll look to impose our game."

Last season's Barclays Premier League runners-up have yet to hit top gear this term after bringing in a host of new signings during the transfer window, including striker Balotelli, with six points gained from four matches.

West Ham have also strengthened and two of their close-season arrivals were on the mark in Monday's 2-2 draw at Hull City, with Enner Valencia's stunning strike underlining his threat and Diafra Sakho having been credited with the second.

Allardyce is hopeful of providing Liverpool with a stern test as he seeks to gain a measure of revenge for the corresponding fixture last season, in which the visitors ran out 2-1 winners.

"We might not get as much possession as we usually do so we'll have to make the most of it, and take the chances we create.

"I'm not daft enough to say we're going to press Liverpool and pin them back in their own half but we're going to try when we can [and] make sure at the same time we're resilient at the back."

Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns following the draw at the KC Stadium while Rodgers, who is once again without Jon Flanagan after the full-back underwent a knee operation, could welcome back midfielder Joe Allen (knee).

Liverpool (from): Jones, Mignolet, Jose Enrique, Lovren, Manquillo, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure, Allen, Coutinho, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Lucas, Markovic, Suso, Balotelli, Borini, Lambert, Sterling.

West Ham (from): Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Spiegel, Collins, Cresswell, Demel, Jenkinson, Potts, Reid, Tomkins, Amalfitano, Downing, Jarvis, Kouyate, Lletget, Morrison, Poyet, Song, Carroll, Cole, Sakho, Valencia, Vaz Te, Zarate.

Match appointments
Referee:
Craig Pawson Assistants: P Kirkup, D Cann Fourth Official: P Dowd

Current form

Last six matches

drawn

2 - 2 v Hull (A) 15 Sep 2014

lost

1 - 3 v Southampton (H) 30 Aug 2014

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 23 Aug 2014

lost

0 - 1 v Spurs (H) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 3 v Crystal Palace (A) 23 Aug 2014

lost

1 - 3 v Southampton (H) 30 Aug 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

0 - 1 v Aston Villa (H) 13 Sep 2014

won

0 - 3 v Spurs (A) 31 Aug 2014

lost

3 - 1 v Man City (A) 25 Aug 2014

won

2 - 1 v Southampton (H) 17 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 3 v Spurs (A) 31 Aug 2014

lost

0 - 1 v Aston Villa (H) 13 Sep 2014

Last corresponding meeting

West Ham Liverpool

Sun 06 Apr 2014 | Boleyn Ground | Attendance: 34,977

West Ham 1 - 2 Liverpool
  • Guy Demel (45+2)
  • Steven Gerrard (44 Pen, 71 Pen)
  Possession
West Ham 36%
Liverpool 64%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
West Ham 1 8
Liverpool 8 7
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
West Ham 10 4 0
Liverpool 9 0 0
Total 19 4 0
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Fixture change history

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Sat 20 Sep 2014 15:00 Sat 20 Sep 2014 17:30 Live broadcasting on Sky Sports

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