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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham United

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against West Ham United
Daniel Sturridge was making his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt since 31 August
  • Sturridge's first Liverpool outing since 31 August
  • Liverpool's third straight league win
  • Gerrard missing with a tight hamstring
  • West Ham no away league win since 2 December

Daniel Sturridge scored on his comeback from injury as Liverpool made it five wins in six Premier League games with victory over West Ham United.

Raheem Sterling struck for the eighth time this season after latching on to Philippe Coutinho's clever pass.

Substitute Sturridge, out for five months, doubled the lead 12 minutes after coming on with a low drive following another Coutinho assist.

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West Ham rarely threatened, Andy Carroll going closest with a header.

Sturridge had not played since suffering a thigh injury while on England duty in September. Since then he has injured his calf and thigh again.

But the 25-year-old, making his first appearance in a Reds shirt since 31 August, sealed a thoroughly deserved victory.

The result lifts Brendan Rodgers' side one place up the table to seventh on 38 points, four behind fourth-placed Southampton.

Liverpool are hitting momentum at a crucial stage of the campaign, and they head into the Merseyside derby at Everton on 7 February having taken 17 points from a possible 21.

In contrast West Ham have now won once in their last six top-flight outings.

Sam Allardyce's side created few serious chances but their stubborn defence frustrated the hosts until Sterling made the breakthrough after the interval.

Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva spurned good chances, while Coutinho was denied by a fine save from Adrian after Sterling's clever back-heel.

There was controversy at the end of the first-half when Sterling went down inside the area following a challenge by Joey O'Brien.

But while Liverpool fans screamed for a penalty, the ball fell invitingly for Lazar Markovic who fired wastefully wide.

The hosts went ahead six minutes into the second-half as Sterling produced a composed low finish after a delightful back-heel by Coutinho.

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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham: Sam Allardyce blames defensive injuries

Sturridge received a rapturous reception when he was introduced in the 68th minute.

Twelve minutes later he was celebrating his second goal of the campaign, a trademark low finish following Coutinho's pass.

West Ham had their moments.

Carroll, who was substituted, forced Simon Mignolet into a save with a close-range header, while Enner Valencia also tested the Liverpool keeper from distance.

But this was a fine response from Liverpool after their Capital One Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea in midweek.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The team stood up to the aerial duels very well, pressed the game well and they got their rewards for that.

"On the back of 120 minutes in midweek, we knew today was going to be a tough game. West Ham have been excellent this season, scored goals throughout the season and been very tough to play against.

"But after the first 15-20 minutes, when we had to compete and battle physically, the players earned the right to play. Some of their football today was outstanding."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I thought we were more than comfortable in the first half without being as good as we know we can be.

"We've had three players come off injured. We didn't create much. But I hoped with the number of set-plays we were getting and balls behind the Liverpool defence, particularly in the first half, we might have got a little bit more on target."

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring against West Ham
Raheem Sterling has scored eight goals for Liverpool this season
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West Ham's former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was booked and substituted on his return to Anfield
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Daniel Sturridge has now scored in five of his seven league appearances for Liverpool from the bench
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This was only Liverpool's third win in eight league home games
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West Ham have not won a league game against Liverpool at Anfield since 1963

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 50MarkovicSubstituted forSturridgeat 68'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Lucas
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Lallana
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forIbeat 81'minutes
  • 31SterlingBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Johnson
  • 9Lambert
  • 15Sturridge
  • 24Allen
  • 29Borini
  • 33Ibe
  • 52Ward

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 17O'Brien
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forDemelat 74'minutes
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30Song
  • 21AmalfitanoSubstituted forNobleat 55'minutes
  • 11Downing
  • 4Nolan
  • 31E Valencia
  • 9CarrollBooked at 60minsSubstituted forColeat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 16Noble
  • 20Demel
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
  • 35Oxford
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
44,718

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0.

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Booking

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Winston Reid (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

Hand ball by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Emre Can.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Guy Demel replaces James Collins.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

Hand ball by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Lazar Markovic.

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

Attempt saved. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlton Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Andy Carroll.

Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

goal

As It Stood

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3Man Utd23127439221743
4Southampton22133637162142
5Tottenham2312473530540
6Arsenal22116539251439
7Liverpool2311573327638
8West Ham2310673527836
9Stoke239592628-232
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14Sunderland2341182133-1223
15West Brom2357112032-1222
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