West Ham United v Liverpool - All You Need To Know
In-form West Ham United host fellow high-fliers Liverpool in what promises to be a thrilling Premier League fixture at London Stadium on Sunday.
The 4.30pm kick-off will see the Hammers seek to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions following Premier League victories over Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, a UEFA Europa League home win and away draw with KRC Genk and a thrilling penalty shootout success against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The Irons start the weekend fourth in the table with 20 points from ten matches - the Club's best return from the opening ten games since 1975/76 - and can leapfrog second-place Liverpool in the standings with a victory over the Reds.
Liverpool did the double over West Ham last season, winning 3-1 at London Stadium in January and 2-1 at Anfield last October, but the Hammers are in confident mood following recent results and performances and will be hopeful of making it four Premier League wins in a row on home turf.
Sunday's game is sold out, but relisted seats are available to purchase via the Ticket Exchange.
If you are a London Stadium Season Ticket Holder and unable to attend, you can help a fellow Hammer be there to cheer on the team by listing your seat, earning yourself Club Cash at the same time!
However, if you want to watch David Moyes' high-flying Hammers in action, tickets are on General Sale for our upcoming home games with Brighton & Hove Albion and Dinamo Zagreb. Click here to buy your tickets now!
How to follow the game
Sunday's 4.30pm kick-off will be screened live in the UK by Sky Sports, and will be broadcast live in dozens of countries across the world. Overseas fans should click here to find out where to catch the match.
We will be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on whufc.com and our Official App and across our social media channels, with exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.
We will have goals and highlights for you on whufc.com from just before 8.30pm and 12midnight on Sunday respectively.
David Moyes is set to recall a number of regular Premier League starters to his team for Sunday's game.
Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Łukasz Fabiański are set to return after sitting out Thursday's 2-2 UEFA Europa League Group H draw with KRC Genk in Belgium.
Jarrod Bowen, Tomáš Souček and Pablo Fornals were all introduced as substitutes at the Cegeka Arena but started last Sunday's 4-1 Premier League victory at Aston Villa.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlašić both missed Thursday's trip to Belgium through injury and it remains to be seen if either are fit enough to be considered for the Liverpool fixture.
For Liverpool, Curtis Jones (eye), Joe Gomez (calf), Naby Keita (hamstring), James Milner (hamstring) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) are all set to miss Sunday's game.
After winning the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup between May 2019 and September, Liverpool went trophy-less last season.
There was always likely to be a drop off after the Reds scored 97 and 99 Premier League points in each of the previous two campaigns, particularly after the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, nine defeats, 69 points and third place in the Premier League, a fourth-round exit in both domestic cup competitions and a quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League were likely not what manager Jürgen Klopp, his players or Liverpool’s fanatical supporters had envisaged when the 2020/21 season kicked-off last September.
While Klopp’s track record meant there was no talk of crisis at Anfield, as so often happens when a team’s achievements do not meet expectations, there was a collective determination to get back to the levels set during that wonderful silverware-winning run of two years ago.
So far this season, Liverpool have done exactly that, sweeping almost all before them with wave after wave of Klopp’s patented Gegenpressing style of play.
In their opening 16 matches in all competitions, Liverpool plundered a sensational 47 goals at a rate of almost three per game.
Thirteen of those goals came in four Champions League ties, including three at home to AC Milan, five away at Porto and five in two ties with at Atlético, and 29 were scored in Liverpool’s opening ten Premier League fixtures.
Only Chelsea have prevented Liverpool scoring more than once in those 16 games.
Leading the way has been Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, who is considered by many to currently be the world’s best player.
The 29-year-old has already found the net a staggering 15 times, despite the fact he does not play as a centre-forward, while his fellow frontmen Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota have also netted 19 times between them.
Liverpool may continue to have issues defensively, but their attacking output is simply too much for most opponents, both domestically and in Europe.
It is up to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham United and every other team with aspirations of challenging at the top end of the Premier League to find a way to stop them if they want to deny them a return to the winners’ circle this season.
West Ham United have lost their last four Premier League meetings with Liverpool, most recently avoiding defeat in a 1-1 home draw in February 2019.
The Hammers' last Premier League win over the Reds came eleven matches ago on 2 January 2016, when Michail Antonio's flying header helped Slaven Bilic's side secure a 2-0 victory at the Boleyn Ground.
The following month, it was Angelo Ogbonna whose late header secured a 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay victory at the same venue.
West Ham's best Premier League wins against Liverpool, home and away, were both by 3-0 scorelines. Don Hutchison (two) and Matty Holmes netted at the Boleyn Ground in May 1995, while Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho ended 62 years without a win at Anfield with goals in August 2015.
Overall, the Hammers' most emphatic victory over Liverpool was on 1 September 1930, when Vic Watson's four goals helped the Londoners climb to the top of the First Division table with a 7-0 success at the Boleyn Ground.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Lee Betts & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis
Craig Pawson, 42, was born in Sheffield and is affiliated to the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association.
After starting his career as a 14-year-old in his native South Yorkshire, Pawson kicked-off his Football League career as an assistant referee before being promoted to the Football League referee’s list on a permanent basis in 2008.
He took charge of the 2012 League Two Play-Off final between Crewe Alexandra and Cheltenham Town before being appointed to the Select Group of Premier League officials the following year.
In 2015, he was added to the FIFA International Referees List and he has since refereed a host of UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches.
Pawson has refereed West Ham United on 17 occasions, the first of which was a 1-1 Championship draw at Bristol City in April 2012, and the most recent was the 2-1 home Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in February this year.
He was also referee for West Ham's 3-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground in September 2014.