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West Ham vs Liverpool as it happened: Jurgen Klopp's side take big step closer to Champions League

Re-live the Premier League clash at the London Stadium

Joe Miles,Freddie Paxton
Sunday 14 May 2017 11:29
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Liverpool simply must win to retain the initiative in the hunt for a top four spot
Liverpool simply must win to retain the initiative in the hunt for a top four spot

Liverpool must beat West Ham United at the London Stadium to retain the upper hand in the race for a top-four Premier League finish.

What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 2.15pm on Sunday 14 May.

Where can I watch it?

It will be televised live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage starting at 2.00pm.

Preview

Liverpool will be looking to make amends after loosening their grip on a top four spot by drawing with Southampton at Anfield. Their fate still remains in their own hands, however, and only dropped points would allow Arsenal to sneak into the Champions League places.

West Ham, despite a difficult season, proved how dangerous they can be by crushing Tottenham’s title hopes in the last round of fixtures, and will be encouraged by Liverpool’s poor form against opponents in the bottom half of the table.

Speculation surrounding the future of Hammers manager Slaven Bilic will not let up, and although his team have little to play for in terms of their league position, the Croat will be conscious that a poor end to the season could influence the opinions of Davids Gold and Sullivan, the club’s co-owners, over his situation.

​Cheikhou Kouyate, who has been one of West Ham’s top performers this season, sustained a wrist injury against Tottenham which has ended his season. Edimilson Fernandes is likely to start in midfield in his absence, while Arthur Masuaku is in contention to return from injury and former Liverpool man Andy Carroll is expected to be fit to start. Klopp confirmed in his press conference that Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva have sustained minor injuries and will face late fitness tests ahead of the trip to London.

It’s a big game for…

Divock Origi: With Firmino reportedly out injured and Daniel Sturridge simply not in consideration to start under Klopp, Origi will need to have a better game than he did in his last outing.

He looked isolated and struggled to impose himself in Liverpool’s draw with Southampton, and if they are to finish in the Champions League places, they will need him to contribute with goals.

Best stat…

The last three meetings between West Ham and Liverpool have been draws (Two of these were in the FA Cup, with Liverpool winning the replay after extra time).

Remember when…

Steven Gerrard clinched a late winner as Liverpool beat West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final.

Player to watch

Andy Carroll: Carroll is likely to return from injury against his former club, which gives him added incentive to make an impression. The striker failed to deal with the pressure of his £35m price tag at Liverpool but has flourished when fit at his current club.

Liverpool are not exactly sound defensively, and if Carroll plays, he is bound to cause them problems.

Past three meetings

Liverpool 2 West Ham 2
Premier League, December 2016

West Ham 2 Liverpool 1 aet
FA Cup, February 2016

Liverpool 0 West Ham 0
FA Cup, January 2016

Form

West Ham: WDDDW

Liverpool: WWWWD

Odds

West Ham to win: 25/10

Liverpool to win: 17/25

Draw: 3/1

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of West Ham United vs Liverpool, a must-win game for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Arsenal's crushing victory at Stoke City yesterday means the pressure is on Liverpool, who will lose the initiative in the race for the top four if they drop points today.

Roberto Firmino is out of contention through injury and Andy Carroll is likely to return for the hosts.

Stay with us for build-up, team news and more...

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Team news

West Ham United: Adrian, Fonte, Reid, Collins, Byram, Fernades, Nordtveit, Cresswell, Ayew, Lanzini, Calleri.

Substitutes: Randolph, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Ogbonna, Fletcher, Quina, Rice.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Lallana, Can, Wijnaldum, Origi, Sturridge, Coutinho.

Substitutes: Karius, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

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One more Hammer among the claret and blue ranks...

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As the race for a top-four finish continues, today is a must win fixture for Klopp's men. However, the West Ham will enter this fixture brimming with confidence following an encouraging win against Spurs last weekend. 

The Hammers have a promising record against The Red's, with the home side unbeaten in five meetings against Liverpool. Slaven Bilic is yet to be defeated by Klopp in four meetings, so he will not want to let this slip today at the London Stadium.

Kick off at 14:15. 

Stay tuned for minute-by-minute coverage of the action.

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KICK OFF

The Hammers kick off to get the action under way at the London Stadium. Game on!

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3 MINS

Sturridge looks to take on Collins inside of the area, but The Hammers defender comes out on top and redeems possession for the home side. 

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5 MINS

Creswell skips past Clyne effortlessly, before sending a delivery across the face of goal. However, there were no West Ham forwards attacking the ball, which makes it a simple collection for Mignolet.

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7 MINS

Calleri finds Byram in space on the edge of the area, but the 23-year-old just drags the ball wide of the far post. What a chance!

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10 MINS

Matip rattles the woodwork with a headed effort following a corner kick. What a chance!

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