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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham United

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
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.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers pleased with Daniel Sturridge return

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.

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



Formation 3-4-2-1

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


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

West Ham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

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


  • 7Jarvis
  • 16Noble
  • 20Demel
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
  • 35Oxford
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

As It Stood

2Man City23146346232348
3Man Utd23127439221743
8West Ham2310673527836
13Crystal Palace2358102534-923
15West Brom2357112032-1222
16Aston Villa2257101125-1422
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