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West Ham United 1-2 Liverpool

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool regained the Premier League leadership with an incident-packed victory at West Ham.

The club captain put his team in front after James Tomkins handled.

But Guy Demel tapped in from three yards in first-half stoppage time as Liverpool appealed that Andy Carroll had fouled keeper Simon Mignolet.

Carroll hit the bar with a second-half header, before Gerrard struck again after Adrian brought down Jon Flanagan.

Luis Suarez struck the bar twice for Liverpool, who move two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea with a ninth successive league victory.

Suarez, who is the Premier League's leading scorer, was unable to add to his season's tally of 29, although he went close twice in the opening 20 minutes.

Having brushed the top of the net with a third-minute free-kick, he then caught West Ham out after receiving Philippe Coutinho's quick throw-in wide on the left, angling a chip that bounced out off the bar.

Suarez's strike partner Daniel Sturridge - who has 20 league goals for the season - snatched at a chance to add to that total, firing over when a cross from the Uruguay international fell to him via West Ham defender Tomkins.

And it was Tomkins who handed Liverpool the chance to take the lead a minute before half-time.

Second penalty wasn't lucky - Rodgers

The centre-back handled the ball as Suarez tried to cut inside him after breaking on to Gerrard's 50-yard diagonal pass. Gerrard converted the penalty, sending goalkeeper Adrian the wrong way.

But in the second minute of first-half stoppage time West Ham equalised, with the visitors convinced the goal should not have stood.

Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll - playing against his former club for the first time since leaving for Upton Park, initially on loan, in 2012 - put a hand into the face of keeper Mignolet as they jumped for Mark Noble's corner, and the Belgian dropped the ball into the path of Demel, who turned in from three yards.

Flanagan was looking for penalty - Allardyce

Assistant referee Stuart Burt raised his flag for an infringement but, after consulting him, referee Anthony Taylor awarded the goal.

There was further controversy in the early minutes of the second half when Carroll was manhandled in a crowded penalty area as he tried to jump for a corner, but Taylor allowed play to continue.

England striker Carroll made life difficult for Liverpool's central defensive pairing of Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel, and nearly got his reward when he climbed to meet Mohamed Diame's right-wing cross, heading firmly at goal but seeing the effort smack against the bar.

Referee Taylor had another big decision to make with 19 minutes to go, as full-back Flanagan burst into the penalty area on to Lucas Leiva's pass before going down under Hammers keeper Adrian's challenge.

The keeper and his team-mates were adamant he got a hand on the ball, while Liverpool felt he also went on to catch Flanagan's leg.

Gerrard kept his nerve to fire in to the corner and restore the visitors' advantage.

Suarez almost made the game safe with seven minutes to go, curling a 20-yard shot against the bar with the outside of his boot, while Raheem Sterling's shot from the edge of the penalty area needed to be turned around the near post by Adrian.

Liverpool saw off a late flurry of West Ham pressure to extend their unbeaten league run to 14 matches.

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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13AdriánBooked at 70mins
  • 20Demel
  • 8ArmeroBooked at 86mins
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forJarvisat 78'minutes
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 43mins
  • 2Reid
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forColeat 85'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 9Carroll
  • 4NolanSubstituted forNocerinoat 68'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 23Downing

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
  • 27Potts
  • 28Johnson
  • 47Nocerino

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 38Flanagan
  • 8Gerrard
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forLeivaat 45'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forK Touréat 85'minutes
  • 31Sterling
  • 7Suárez

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 20Cissokho
  • 21Leiva
  • 24Allen
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Adrián.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

  6. Post update

    Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Armero.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Booking

    Pablo Armero (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Armero (West Ham United).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Kolo Touré replaces Daniel Sturridge.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  16. Post update

    Luis Suarez (Liverpool) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Guy Demel (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Nocerino with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

  19. Post update

    Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a through ball.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool33235590405074
2Chelsea33226565244172
3Man City31224584295570
4Arsenal33197756401664
5Everton32189552312163
6Man Utd331761056381857
7Tottenham32175104044-456
8Southampton33139115044648
9Newcastle33144153851-1346
10Stoke331010133748-1140
11West Ham33107163744-737
12Hull33106173440-636
13Aston Villa3297163548-1334
14Crystal Palace32104182339-1634
15Swansea3389164549-433
16West Brom32614123748-1132
17Norwich3388172652-2632
18Fulham3383223374-4127
19Cardiff3368192964-3526
20Sunderland3067172848-2025
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