LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 7 APRIL 2013
KICK-OFF: 1.30PM
REFEREE: ANTHONY TAYLOR

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Introduction

• West Ham United travel to Liverpool on Sunday for their 16th Barclays Premier League away fixture of the season.

• A minute's silence will be held before kick-off in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. Both teams will wear black armbands and West Ham officials will also lay a wreath at the Hillsborough memorial outside Anfield ahead of the game.

The Hammers will need to end an unenviable run if they are to win at Anfield, having not won there in 41 meetings in all competitions dating back to 14 September 1963! That day, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters scored in a 2-1 Division One victory, with Ian St John replying for Liverpool and Jim Standen saving Ronnie Moran's second-half penalty.

• West Ham start the weekend eleventh in the Barclays Premier League table, having collected 36 points from 30 matches. However, the Hammers have collected just eleven of those points on their travels, winning three and drawing two of their previous 15 away matches.

• Sam Allardyce's side have won at Queens Park Rangers (2-1), Newcastle United (1-0) and Stoke City (1-0) and drawn at Norwich City (0-0) and West Bromwich Albion (0-0), but have lost their other ten away fixtures.

Liverpool start the weekend seventh in the standings, having collected 48 points from 31 matches played. The Reds have collected 27 of those points at Anfield, winning eight and drawing three of their 15 previous home games. However, Brendan Rodgers' team have been beaten on home turf by Arsenal (0-2), Manchester United (1-2), Aston Villa (1-3) and West Bromwich Albion (0-2).

• Both clubs will go into the game on the back of important victories. West Ham beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, with Reds loanee Andy Carroll scoring twice, while Liverpool recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at Aston Villa the following day.

Team news

West Ham United

• England striker Andy Carroll is unavailable due to the terms of his season-long loan from Liverpool.

• Left-back George McCartney is out with a recurrence of the medial knee ligament injury that previously ruled him out for three months. The Northern Irishman was hurt in the victory over West Brom last weekend.

• Midfielder Mark Noble is unavailable after undergoing surgery to release a trapped nerve in his arm.

• Former Liverpool attacking midfielder Joe Cole will be hoping to feature against his old club after missing the previous two matches with a hamstring injury suffered at Stoke City on 2 March.

• Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City), Rob Hall (Bolton Wanderers), Paul McCallum (Aldershot Town) and Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais) are all out on loan.

Liverpool

• Liverpool will definitely be without Wales midfielder Joe Allen (shoulder), Italian striker Fabio Borini (shoulder) and full-back Martin Kelly (knee).

• Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian), Jack Robinson (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers), Adam Morgan (Rotherham United), Michael Ngoo (Heart of Midlothian), Dani Pacheco (Huesca) and Henoc Mukendi (Northampton Town) are all out loan.

Background

• West Ham United and Liverpool have met 124 times previously, with the Reds enjoying 66 victories. The Hammers have tasted success on just 24 occasions and there have been 34 draws. In the Premier League, Liverpool have won 20 of the 33 meetings, with West Ham winning six and there being seven draws.

• The first-ever meeting between the two clubs was an FA Cup intermediate round tie played at the Memorial Grounds on 5 January 1901. Division One Liverpool edged out Southern League West Ham United 1-0 in front of a crowd of 6,000, with Sam Raybould scoring the winner.

• Vic Watson scored four times, Stan Earle twice and Wilf James once as West Ham United went top of the Division One table after beating Liverpool 7-0 here on 1 September 1930 - the Hammers' biggest-ever home win over the Reds.

• A three-minute hat-trick scored by Roger Hunt either side of half-time inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Division One victory at the Boleyn Ground on 6 September 1965 - the Reds' biggest win at the home of the Hammers. Martin Peters scored West Ham United's consolation goal.

• The largest crowd to attend a Liverpool versus West Ham United fixture at Anfield was the 55,675 who attended a goalless Division One draw on 14 May 1977. Liverpool would go on to defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 in the European Cup final in Rome eleven days later.

• The Hammers and the Reds met in the 1981 League Cup final at Wembley. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time, with Ray Stewart's last-gasp penalty wiping out Alan Kennedy's 118th-minute strike. The replay, held at Villa Park, saw Paul Goddard put John Lyall's side in front, only for goals from Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen to see the trophy head to Merseyside.

• West Ham United and Liverpool famously met in the 2006 FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Jamie Carragher's own-goal and a Dean Ashton strike put the Hammers 2-0 up before Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard brought the Reds level. Paul Konchesky put West Ham back in front before Gerrard's late 25-yarder forced extra-time. After a goalless 30 minutes, Liverpool prevailed 3-1 on penalties.

• Billy Bonds has made more appearances against Liverpool, 33, than any other West Ham United player. The Reds' Ian Callaghan made a record 33 appearances against the Hammers, scoring twice.

• Vic Watson scored a record nine goals in 14 appearances against Liverpool. John Toshack has scored more goals for the Reds against the Hammers than anyone else with ten.

• Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique were all part of the Newcastle United squad which won the Championship title in 2010.

• A number of other West Ham United and Liverpool players have lined-up alongside one another at their former clubs and at international level - Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Martin Kelly (England), Jack Collison, James Collins and Joe Allen (Wales), James Tomkins and Allen (Team GB), Collins and Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), George McCartney and Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Raheem Sterling, Matthias Fanimo and Blair Turgott (England age-group sides).

• No fewer than 19 players have made their West Ham United debuts against Liverpool - Alex Kane (January 1926), Walter Pollard (September 1929), Reg Wade (January 1930), Bill Nelson (September 1954), Dave Bickles (September 1963), Eddie Presland (February 1965), Mick McGiven (December 1973), John Radford (December 1976), George Parris and Keith McPherson (May 1985), Kevin Keen (September 1986), Hugo Porfirio (September 1996), Andy Impey (September 1997), Marc Keller (September 1998), Gavin Holligan (February 1999), Svetoslav Todorov (February 2001), Laurent Courtois (August 2001), Rufus Brevett (February 2003) and Kepa Blanco (January 2007).

• Centre-back Dave Bickles made his debut in West Ham United's 2-1 Division One victory at Anfield on 14 September 1963 - the last time the Hammers won at Anfield!

• Eddie Presland scored on his debut in a 2-1 Division One victory over Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on 27 February 1965. The left-back would make just six first-team appearances for the Hammers before joining Crystal Palace in 1967.

• Tony Cottee was sent-off on his second 'debut' for West Ham United in a goalless Premier League draw at Liverpool on 10 September 1994.

• Kepa Blanco netted just minutes after coming on as a substitute for his West Ham United debut in a 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Liverpool on 30 January 2007


Last time out

West Ham United

Saturday 30 March 2013
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (McCartney 78), Nolan (Taylor 69), Jarvis, Diame (Collison 82), O'Neil, Carroll, Vaz Te
Subs not used: Henderson, Tomkins, C.Cole, Chamakh
Goals: Carroll 16, 80,O'Neil 28

Sunday 1 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Coutinho (Sterling 77), Henderson, Downing, Lucas, Suarez
Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Skrtel, Shelvey, Sturridge, Suso
Goal: Henderson 47, Gerrard 60 (pen)

Previous meeting

Liverpool took the lead, lost it and then came from behind to win 3-2 at the Boleyn Ground in the reverse Barclays Premier League fixture on 9 December 2012. Former Hammer Glen Johnson put the Reds in front on eleven minutes, only for Mark Noble's penalty and a Steven Gerrard own-goal to give West Ham United the advantage at half-time. Unfortunately, Sam Allardyce's side could not hold on as former West Ham players Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey scored within four second-half minutes late on to secure three points for Brendan Rodgers' team.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (McCartney 46), Nolan, Jarvis, Taylor (Maiga 86), Noble, Diame (Tomkins 73), C.Cole
Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique (J.Cole 27), Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Downing, Lucas (Henderson 71), Allen (Coates 86), Sterling, Shelvey
Subs not used: Jones, Carragher, Suso, Morgan

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

9 December 2012 - West Ham United 2-3 Liverpool
27 February 2011 - West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool
20 November 2010 - Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United
19 April 2010 - Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United
19 September 2009 West Ham United 2-3 Liverpool
9 May 2009 West Ham United 0-3 Liverpool

Overall record v Liverpool (all competitions) W 24 D 65 L 35

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Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Liverpool

2011/12 Premier League 8th (52 points)
2010/11 Premier League 6th (58 points)
2009/10 Premier League 7th (63 points)
2008/09 Premier League 2nd (86 points)
2007/08 Premier League 4th (76 points)
2006/07 Premier League 3rd (68 points)
2005/06 Premier League 3rd (82 points)
2004/05 Premier League 5th (58 points)
2003/04 Premier League 4th (60 points)
2002/03 Premier League 5th (64 points)

Referee

• Sunday's referee will be Anthony Taylor.

• Taylor is in his third season on the Select Group of referees appointed to control Barclays Premier League fixtures.

• The Greater Manchester-born official started refereeing in the Northern Premier League in 2002 before being appointed to the Football League list at the start of the 2006/07 season, refereeing his match between Wrexham and Peterborough United in League Two on 12 August 2006.

• Taylor's first Premier League appointment was the 3 February 2010 encounter between today's visitors Fulham and former West Ham United manager Avram Grant's Portsmouth, with the Cottagers winning 1-0.

• Taylor has taken charge of two West Ham United games this season, the first being the 3-0 home win over Fulham in September. He then sent-off Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson in Everton's 2-1 victory at the Boleyn Ground in December, but both red cards were later rescinded by an FA Regulatory Panel.

• The 34-year-old took charge of the Hammers' final Barclays Premier League fixture before they were relegated to the npower Championship in May 2011 when Sunderland secured a 3-0 win at the Boleyn Ground.

• When asked in an interview what his favourite match that he has refereed was, he named British Gas Business Southern League Midland Division side Chasetown's victory over Port Vale in the FA Cup second round in December 2007.

• Taylor will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Mike Mullarkey, while Mark Clattenburg will be the fourth official.

Old boys

• On-loan West Ham United midfielder Alou Diarra spent three seasons with Liverpool between 2002 and 2005 after joining the club from Bayern Munich. However, the 31-year-old failed to make a first-team appearance for the Reds, instead being loaned to Le Havre, Bastia and Lens before joining the latter on a permanent basis.

• Andy Carroll, who is ineligible for Saturday's game under the terms of his loan agreement from Liverpool, joined the Reds from Newcastle United for £35million in January 2011. Carroll has played 58 times for Liverpool, scoring eleven goals, including one in last season's FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea.

• Glen Johnson came through the ranks at West Ham United, making 15 league appearances in the 2002/03 season. He was transferred to Chelsea for £6million in summer 2003 and subsequently moved on to Portsmouth before Liverpool snapped him up in June 2009.

• Joe Cole played 149 games in all competitions for the Hammers, scoring 13 goals, before his switch to Chelsea in August 2003. Cole also won the FA Youth Cup with West Ham United in 1999. Cole joined Liverpool in summer 2010, scoring five goals in 42 appearances - including one at the Boleyn Ground in the reverse fixture this season in December - before moving back to east London in January 2013.

• Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey spent a period of time as a schoolboy within the West Ham United Academy before joining Charlton Athletic.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Tom Bradshaw, David Burrows, Titi Camara, Charles Cotton, Julian Dicks, Ray Houghton, Don Hutchison, Paul Ince, David James, Rob Jones, George Kay, Robbie Keane, Paul Konchesky, Mike Marsh, Javier Mascherano, Neil Mellor, Neil Ruddock, Danny Shone, Rigobert Song and Thomas Stanley.

General information

• All standard match tickets for this fixture have SOLD OUT. Three pairs of Wheelchair/Carer tickets are still available for this fixture, for more information click here.

• Sunday's forecast in Liverpool is for a cloudy afternoon with maximum temperatures of 8C (47F).

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