LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: MICHAEL OLIVER

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Introduction

• West Ham United journey to Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Tuesday night when they take on Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

• Defeat to the Eagles was one of only three away league defeats from seven road trips so far, which have included a win over Tottenham and draws against Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea City.

• The Hammers have the joint best away defensive record with leaders Arsenal so far this season, having conceded only five goals on their travels this year.

• Marouane Chamakh's strike left Sam Allardyce's side 17th in the table ahead of this weekend's match against the Merseysiders.

• Liverpool are the Premier League's great entertainers of the season so far and are yet to play out a goalless draw in any of their matches to date.

• The Reds come into the game on the back of a resounding 5-1 victory over Norwich City at Anfield which kept them fourth in the Premier League.

• Luis Suarez scored four and made another as he took his tally for the season to 13 goals, making him the league's top-scorer.

• Liverpool have been dominant on home soil, winning six of their seven Premier League matches at Anfield this season.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll has returned to light training but will not be available for Saturday's game.

• Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Mladen Petric (calf) are ruled out of this fixture with no date set for their return as yet.

• Winston Reid is a long-term injury absentee with the defender likely to be out until the New Year.

Liverpool

• Daniel Sturridge is likely to be out until next month with ankle ligament damage.


Background

• West Ham United and Liverpool have met 125 times previously, with the Reds enjoying 66 victories. The Hammers have tasted success on just 24 occasions and there have been 35 draws. In the Premier League, Liverpool have won 20 of the 33 meetings, with West Ham winning six and there being eight 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 at the Boleyn Ground 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.

• West Ham United player Stewart Downing played against his current employers for Liverpool in both fixtures between the two clubs in the 2012/13 season.

Last time out

Tuesday 3 December 2013
Barclays Premier League
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham United

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Collins, Tomkins, Rat (McCartney 78), Noble, Nolan (J Cole 58), Morrison, Downing, Diame, C Cole (Maiga 58)
Subs not used: Adrian, Demel, Collison, Jarvis

Wednesday 4 December 2013
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool 5-1 Norwich City

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Agger, Skrtel, Allen, Henderson (Luis Alberto 69), Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez (Iago Aspas 92)
Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Moses, Sakho, Lucas
Goals: Suarez 15, 29, 35, 74; Sterling 88

Previous meeting

West Ham last came up against Liverpool in April when they again journeyed to Anfield where they frustrated their hosts to earn a 0-0 draw. The home side were looking to continue their push towards Europe but found tough opposition in the shape of the Hammers who could have snatched all three points had Jack Collison's late header not been cleared off the line.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins (Pogatetz 83), O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Nolan (Taylor 62), Jarvis, Diame, O'Neil, C Cole, Vaz Te (Collison 62)
Subs not used: Henderson, Potts, Maiga, Chamakh

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson (Assaidi 71), Downing (Sturridge 25), Lucas, Suarez
Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Shelvey, Suso, Skrtel

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

7 April 2013 - Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United
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

Overall record v Liverpool (all competitions) W 24 D 66 L 35

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Liverpool

2012/13 Premier League 7th (61 points)
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)

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 joined the Reds from Newcastle United for £35million in January 2011. Carroll played 58 times for Liverpool, scoring eleven goals, before joining the Hammers permanently in summer 2013 following a successful loan at the Boleyn Ground.

• 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.

• Stewart Downing spent two seasons with Liverpool between 2011 and 2013 before completing a move to the Boleyn Ground in August 2013.

• 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.

Referee

• The referee for Saturday's match is Michael Oliver.

• Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of referees in 2007.

• In 2007 he became the youngest referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium when he took charge of the 2007 Conference play-off final. He also went on to become the youngest fourth official for a Barclays Premier League match.

• The Oliver family enjoyed a referring double in 2009 when his father took charge of the 2009 League Two Play-Off final a day before he took charge of the League One play-off final.

• In August 2010 he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and soon became the youngest-ever Barclays Premier League referee when he took charge of Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers on 21 August 2010.

• Oliver took has taken charge of the Hammers on one occasion so far this season in a 3-1 defeat at the Boleyn Ground against Manchester City on 19 October.

General information

• West Ham United's allocation of tickets for this match has sold out.

• Saturday's weather forecast is overcast with highs of 9C (48F).

• For details on train services to Liverpool on Saturday click here.