Analysing Liverpool's Mixed Recent Record at West Ham United
Some may say it's a title decider, but others would urge on the side of caution.
For the Reds to still be top of the Premier League when Manuel Pellegrini's men come to Merseyside on Sunday, 13 April, they have to overcome a recharged West Ham side.
Sam Allardyce's men now find themselves in the dizzy heights of 11th place after staring relegation in the face for much of the season.
Recent history of this season will indicate that West Ham vs. Liverpool can be quite an unpredictable game.
Here we look back at the last five meetings between the two sides ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham 1-0 Liverpool
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Mark Noble was the Hammers' hero with an injury time penalty to give the home side all three points on a lacklustre night for Liverpool.
Lucas Leiva and Fernando Torres had earlier missed big chances to score for Liverpool, but West Ham had their fair share of chances too—Luis Boa Morte missing from close range twice.
It was Jamie Carragher's foul on former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg that gave Noble his chance to win it for Alan Curbishley's men from the spot in the 90th minute.
Rafa Benitez was disappointed with the game, telling BBC Sport, "For them to score from a penalty so late on was terrible. We now need to think about the next game."
West Ham 0-3 Liverpool
Saturday, 9 May 2009
During Liverpool's most exciting race for the title until this season, the Reds went top of the Premier League with two games of the season remaining with a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham.
Steven Gerrard gave Benitez's men an early lead, when he ran onto Torres' pass, rounded goalkeeper Robert Green to complete the move with a neat finish.
The Reds captain doubled Liverpool's lead shortly before half-time, putting in the rebound after seeing his penalty saved by Green.
Ryan Babel forced another save from Green late on but put in his rebound to complete the rout and give Benitez's side hope in the title race.
The Reds finished the season four points behind Manchester United, despite winning their last two games following the victory at Upton Park.
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Liverpool made hard work of their next trip to West Ham but overcame them thanks to a brace of goals from Torres' either side of a Dirk Kuyt goal.
Torres' winner, 15 minutes from time, made up for the visitors twice letting first-half leads slip to goals from Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole.
The result moved Rafa Benitez's men third in the Premier League table after six games, but it would be a disappointing season at Anfield that would see Benitez dismissed in the summer.
West Ham 3-1 Liverpool
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Just weeks after Kenny Dalglish had replaced Roy Hodgson as Liverpool boss, the Reds suffered the dreariest of defeats at relegation strugglers West Ham.
On a bleak day for the visitors, who started with youngster Danny Wilson in defence, Liverpool found themselves 2-0 down by half-time after goals by Scott Parker and Demba Ba.
There was a glimmer of hope in an uneventful game when Glen Johnson scored against his former club with six minutes to go, but worse was to come.
Cole, who reportedly had been seen as a potential transfer target by the recently departed Hodgson, as per the Daily Mail—a transfer rumour that had been met with worry by Liverpool fans—killed the game off with a third for the Hammers in injury time.
West Ham would suffer, though, being relegated to the championship, whilst Dalglish's Liverpool enjoyed an inspired second-half of the campaign, finishing sixth.
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
Sunday, 9 December 2012
West Ham bounced straight back up to the Premier League, and on their next meeting, Liverpool had the better of the fortunes under Brendan Rodgers.
A great strike by Johnson after 11 minutes got the ball rolling for the Reds, and they looked good for their lead until Noble equalised from the penalty spot, and Gerrard headed into his own net to give the Hammers a half-time lead.
Former Hammer (and soon to be again) Joe Cole equalised for the Reds with 14 minutes to go before Jonjo Shelvey touched Jordan Henderson's cross home ahead of James Collins for the winner.
Rodgers' men will be hoping for the same outcome when the sides meet this Sunday at Upton Park.