Sports - Football - Premier League - HT: Liverpool 0-0 West Ham
Liverpool v West Ham:
Liverpool: 25 Reina; 3 Jose Enrique, 5 Agger, 23 Carragher, 2 Johnson; 21 Lucas, 8 Gerrard; 10 Coutino, 14 Henderson, 19 Downing (15 Sturridge - 26.); 7 Suarez. 4-2-3-1
Subs not used: 1 Jones, 11 Assaidi, 16 Coates, 30 Suso, 33 Shelvey, 37 Skrtel.
West Ham: 22 Jaaskelainen; 17 O'Brien, 19 Collins, 5 Tomkins, 20 Demel; 32 O'Neil, 21 Diame; 7 Jarvis, 4 Nolan, 12 Vaz Te; 9 Cole. 4-2-3-1
Subs: 13 Henderson, 10 Collison, 11 Maiga, 14 Taylor, 18 Pogatetz, 29 Chamakh, 33 Potts.
1st half Stats:
Liverpool -West Ham:
On target: 3-0
Free kicks: 1-3
Possession: 84%-16% (16.), 66%-34% (HT)
LFC remember the 96 before kick-off... Game switched to Sunday because of the Grand National at Aintree yesterday. West Ham haven't won at Anfield in half a century!
3. Sloppy start by the Reds, fowl & giveaway.
4. Fine Gerrard cross from the right, West Ham defending deep, Coutinho offside.
6. Home side settling in, taking over the game, dominating possession.
7. Coutinho finds space, right-foot shot saved by Jasskelainen.
9. Gerrard shot wide.
10. West Ham attempt wide.
16. Liverpool bossing the match, fine build-up & one-twos, but failing in the final third. Hammers holding the home side off well so far.
18. Vaz Te attempt wide.
19. Diame chance wide.
21. Sturridge warming up on the sideline for Liverpool. Downing looking uncomfortable.
23. Fine touch & turn shot by Suarez, chance goes wide.
24. Downing header into Jaaskelainen's gloves.
25. West Ham corner headed away by Carragher, Diame attacks and wriggled his way through LfC defence, chance goes high.
26. LFC substitution: 15 Sturridge on for injured 19 Downing.
27. Coutinho offside again.
27. Suarez & Courinho linking up in the box, great save from Jaaskelainen! Nolan heads ball back to the keeper, another threat covered well by the Hammers.
29. Sturridge fowl, West Ham free kick, abysmal, wide, waste.
32. Battle between the skippers, LFC error, Hammers chance, Reds counter, feisty stuff! Juicy match! Great competition!
36. West Ham appeal for a free kick against Carragher, nothing given, Agger error led to Hammers chance, another one messed and missed.
38. Liverpool corner, comes to nothing, Gerrard kicked ball out.
39. Perfectly times tackle by O'Brien on Suarez, the Uruguayan forward goes down dramatically as always, nothing given, rightly so.
40. Sturridge to Gerrard in the box, shot/cross across goal blocked for a Liverpool corner.
41. Great defending by the Hammers, frustrating Liverpool who concede a free kick.
42. Jarvis cross from the left into the box, Cole heads wide.
43. Positive spell for West Ham at the end of this half! Nolan header off throw-in goes high & wide, too strong.
45. Henderson shot deflected wide, Coutinho corner defended well by West Ham, 1 minute added on.
46. Suarez takes corner quickly Sturridge attempts saved & blocked brilliantly by Jaaskelainen & the Hammers' back line. Another corner for Liverpool, but the ref blows the whistle for half time! 0-0, no goals, but plenty of pace & action in the half, Hammers keeping the Reds out & threatening to nick something out of this game! Nice evenly balanced game at half time, plenty to play for & look forward to in the second half!