#50GreatestMatches - #33 Liverpool 0-3 West Ham United
West Ham United celebrates its 125th anniversary on 29 June – and as part of our celebrations we're counting down to the date with the Club’s #50GreatestMatches – brought to you by Monster Energy!
Since the Hammers were formed as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, we have played in excess of 5,500 matches – reaching five FA Cup finals - and one women's FA Cup final, lifting European silverware and competing across the globe and enjoying thousands of memorable moments.
With your help and recommendations, we've whittled down that list of 5,500 matches to a top 50, featuring landmark goals, trophies held aloft, heroic individual performances and remarkable collective efforts.
We continue the #50GreatestMatches countdown with an historic trip to Anfield nearly five years ago..
West Ham United scored their first win at Anfield in nearly 52 years with a ruthlessly efficient display on 29 August 2015.
In a terrific display from every Hammer out there, goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho broke the 52 year barren run. Added to that a red card apiece and this game really had a bit of everything.
The players walked out to a terrific atmosphere which by kick off was reaching fever pitch and the game that unfolded more than lived up to the pre-match atmosphere.
Slaven Bilic made two changes to the side that lost to Bournemouth a week earlier, James Tomkins replaced the suspended Carl Jenkinson while Manuel Lanzini made his first Premier League start.
Bilic’s decision to blood the young Argentinian paid dividends immediately as the winger latched onto Aaron Cresswell’s cross-come-shot, rolling it past Simon Mignolet from close range after just three minutes. The already boisterous away support was sent into near delirium.
The hosts refused to be cowed and responded strongly. Roberto Firmino forced Darren Randolph into a smart save with a curling effort before Christian Benteke’s appeal for a penalty was turned down.
Buoyed by taking the lead the Hammers continued to press. Twice arrowed crosses toward Sakho were headed away just as the Senegalese was about to pounce.
Much like at Arsenal, Liverpool enjoyed the majority of possession, however the Hammers stood firm, staying compact, happy to soak up the pressure. Much like at Arsenal, West Ham won.
Bilic’s tactics appeared to work as the Hammers almost caught the Reds out with a sucker-punch counter attack. Payet raced away with Kouyate offering support down the left wing. The ball eventually fell to Aaron Cresswell, on the edge of the box however his effort flew narrowly over the bar.
The Irons doubled their lead just shy of the half hour mark as Lanzini robbed a backpedalling Dejan Lovren, he burst into the box and tried to lay off Sakho. A desperate block presented Mark Noble with a golden opportunity; the captain kept his composure to place in it the far corner, triggering scenes of pure pandemonium in the away end.
A dogged and determined display by the boys in electric blue maintained their lead into the midway point.
The second half was just as high octane. Brendan Rodgers shuffled his pack by switching to 3-5-2. The Reds started with much more intent and purpose however their wings were somewhat clipped when Philippe Coutinho received a second booking for an ill-judged challenge on Payet. The Anfield crowd booed and brayed but the Brazilian’s reaction told its own story.
Rodgers responded by bringing on Danny Ings yet Liverpool’s never-say-die-attitude could do nothing to ware away at the Hammers’ resolve. To a man they were simply superb.
Almost unrecognisable from the defeat to the Cherries a week ago, Reid and Ogbonna were titans at the back while Pedro Obiang the unsung hero.
Bilic’s men pressed and harried, making good use of their extra man. Cresswell and Reid went close to putting the game to bed, the left-back’s effort stung Mignolet’s palms while the New Zealand international was inches away with a towering header.
With ten minutes remaining Noble was controversially given a straight red card for a fulsome tackle. Neither he nor his teammates could believe their eyes.
That disbelief turned out to be justified as the skipper's dismissal was later overturned on appeal.
Nevertheless, the Hammers carried on unperturbed. Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen, making his Premier League bow, reinforced tiring legs. Initially a doubt before the match, Sakho put the Hammers into dreamland by netting a third, slotting coolly past Mignolet.
3-0 away at Anfield. A day no one connected to West Ham will ever forget.
Don't miss #32 in the countdown on Friday, as we look back on a nine-goal thriller at the Boleyn Ground...