Liverpool v West Ham United - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 3/10, Draw 5/1, West Ham United 11/1

Last season: 0-0

Preview & injury news

You'd have to go back to 1963 for the last time West Ham won at Anfield, a game where Geoff Hurst got the winner for the Hammers. If you look at the form book ahead of this match, you'd have to say a repeat of 50 years ago looks highly unlikely. 

Liverpool bounced back from their disappointing loss to Hull City with a 5-1 thumping of Norwich where Luis Suarez put on a scintillating display whilst West Ham couldn't follow up their win over Fulham positively as they lost 1-0 to struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park which also saw Ravel Morrison pick up his fifth booking of the season meaning he will miss out on the trip to Merseyside.

Liverpool may be seven points off the top of the table but they will be relatively happy sitting in fourth place in the table at the moment, which is something they will happily take at the end of the season, whilst West Ham's league position is a little more precarious than they would have liked as they sit three points above the drop zone in 17th place. 

On the injury front, Liverpool have no fresh worries after their win over Norwich with Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique sidelined for until well into the New Year. For West Ham, former Liverpool man Andy Carroll is still sidelined whilst forward Ricardo Vaz Te will miss out with a dislocated shoulder and defender Winston Reid misses out with an ankle injury.

Key stats

Luis Suarez is Liverpool's top scorer in the league this season with 13 goals.

Ravel Morrison is West Ham United's top scorer in the league this season with three goals.

Liverpool had 62% possession in their last league match, a 5-1 win at home to Norwich City

West Ham United had 63% possession in their last match, a 1-0 loss away to Crystal Palace 

5 players to watch

Luis Suarez - After Wednesday's stunning display Suarez will be high on confidence and will probably be giving West Ham defenders sleepless nights ahead of this game as a result. The Hammers can take heart from the fact he has yet to score against them, but he's only played against them twice.

Stewart Downing - He was sold by Brendan Rodgers in the summer so he will feel he has a point to prove as he returns to Anfield, where didn't have a particularly successful spell. He will want to show his former employers what they could have had if they were patient and kept hold of him. 

Jon Flanagan - Playing three games in a week at left-back could be a big ask for Flanagan, especially up against that has pretty good wingers that aren't afraid to get at the opposition so it is likely to be a big test for the Liverpool youngster.

Joe Cole - Another former Liverpool man who will have a point to prove as Cole will probably argue he never had a fair crack of the whip at Anfield. His experience and craft could be vital to West Ham's chances of getting something from this game.

Lucas Leiva - Joe Allen filled in for Lucas in midweek but expect the Brazilian to return for this clash after having a rest in midweek. Expect a refreshed Lucas in the middle of the park providing a very difficult challenge for the Hammers central midfielders.

Last time they met

Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United, Premier League, April 2013

A disappointing goalless draw as Liverpool lacked the cutting edge that they had produced fairly regularly in the second half of the season and West Ham produced a solid performance that put them closer to safety. West Ham came the closest to scoring when Jack Collison's header was cleared off the line by Lucas Leiva, and Mohamed Diame also had his chance. Chances for the home side were hard to come by.

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