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Matchday Preview: West Ham v LIVERPOOL

Date: 8th December 2012 at 10:30 pm
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Date: 09/12/12

Venue: Upton Park

Kick-Off: 16:00

LIVERPOOL FC travel to on Sunday without a recognised striker as serves his one match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards.

 

The Reds may also be without , who broke his nose during Thursday’s 1-0 over Udinese, but , and will all return to the starting XI after missing the game in midweek. is likely to start up front for Liverpool as they look to get a result against West Ham at a ground where the Hammers have lost just once this season.

Although a midfielder by trade, Shelvey played up front for the Reds during their 2-2 draw with Young Boys and scored the team’s opening goal. The 20-year-old has scored four goals for the Reds this season, all of them in Europe. Though he has yet to score in the league, Shelvey has had 17 shots on goal, 64.7% of which have been on target.

Liverpool’s other striking options are Dani Pacheco, Samed Yesil, Adam Morgan and Jerome Sinclair, none of whom have started a Premier League game this season.

West Ham will be without on-loan Liverpool striker , who is both injured and ineligible. Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison and Alou Diarra are also sidelined, while George McCartney and Yossi Benayoun could return from ankle and knee injuries respectively.


After coming from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 last weekend, the Hammers are on 22 points – three more than Liverpool. The Reds have lost just one of their last ten league fixtures but their away record is poor and they have only won once on their travels.

If Liverpool take all three points at Upton Park, it will be the first time this season they have recorded back-to-back wins in the league.

Of the three sides promoted from the Championship last season, West Ham have been the most impressive team by far and their 3-1 victory over European champions Chelsea was undoubtedly their best performance of the season. The Hammers will be confident and with good reason, while the suspension of top scorer Suarez will be a big loss for Liverpool.

However the Reds have won 19 of the last 32 league meetings between the two clubs and after winning two games in six days, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be cautiously optimistic about their prospects of securing another victory.


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35 thoughts on “Matchday Preview: West Ham v LIVERPOOL

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  • Matt P
    1 year ago

    yep we were lucky but a win is a win ,have to improve performance or we wont get anything .really disappointed not to see morgan get on

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    • Ozred
      1 year ago

      Yea. I wish the didn’t bring Cole on…….

      Oh and he derails assist was terrible….

      Seriously. Is this a Liverpool board?

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      • simon
        1 year ago

        what are you ? the newest Rodgers ass!icker ? stop trolling all the time

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  • ozred
    1 year ago

    Lucky would have been Gerards header not going into the back of their net.

    Lucky would have been West Ham not receiving the penalty on a 50/50 call

    Lucky, no correct would have been Shelvy receiving the clear penalty – Note, half way through the season we’re still waiting for our first penalty.

    Lucky would have been Sterlings shots going in…

    You’ve all become so conditioned being so unlucky – so close but so far away, that any time we get a result it’s luck.

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    • simon
      1 year ago

      only a blind biased idiot could think Liverpool were good yesterday , they got the bit of luck they needed , not least with the winning own goal . i suppose there are idiot fans everywhere that think their team deserve to win 6-0 every week and their always unfairly treated by refs . there’s always 1 or 2 on every site

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      • Ozred
        1 year ago

        Never said they were great. But clearly good enough to warrant the 3 points. 2 goals to west ham that on every other day they don’t get… Because they were lucky. Go and support Chelsea u half wit. U still haven’t explained why I’m being biased without balancing your argument with the fortune wh received. Now move on.

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        • Grey Wolf
          1 year ago

          Its dumb fans like u with no knowledge that are making reds fans look stupid . I presume u are a kid so i wont say too much , just grow up !

          If u want to be totally ignorant and see the match the way u want – fine . But you give Liverpool fans a bad rep with your childish comments

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  • fotheringham
    1 year ago

    We got lucky , but so what ? Results are all that matter

    One good result doesnt mean Rodgers is good , we are only 10th , if he gets us to top 4 then he is doing a good job .

    Lets wait and see

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  • Peter
    1 year ago

    there is no need for some fans to be so biased , its just lying to yourself and others .
    to be fair and honest – we were outplayed for most of the game

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  • Peter
    1 year ago

    there is no need for some fans to be so biased , its not being honest with yourself and others
    to be fair we were out played for most of the game

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    • Ian
      1 year ago

      yes , too many fans dont see reality , they are so biased they dont see faults , if Liverpool win — We are great
      if Liverpool lose — it wasnt our fault

      Are they immature or just stupid ?

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