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Tom Rostance, Gary Rose and Mandeep Sanghera

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  1. Post update

    OK, we have run the reaction well dry so it is time to bring this live text commentary to a close, but why not head on over to our European live text, with AC Milan currently in action against Serie A champions Juventus.

    We'll be back tomorrow with four Premier League games to bring you in the shape of Leicester v Man Utd; Tottenham v West Brom and Everton v Crystal Palace, before the big one - Man City v Chelsea.

    Until then, goodbye.

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    Mo, Manchester: Please someone explain how Gerrard, Lucas and Henderson is a solution. No legs to prevent counter attacks and absolutely no creativity. Isn't the midfield where the goals are suppose to be created from? Brendan Rodgers has to be to blame, pathetic team selection once again!

    Tim, London: Sam Allardyce was bemoaning his side's inability to keep a clean sheet this season, but he won't care if they simply solve that problem by outscoring Champions League level opposition!

  3. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Sam Allardyce told BBC 606 earlier that his side's win "wasn't an off performance by Liverpool, it was a magnificent performance by my West Ham players".

    Hard to argue with that. I've been impressed with what I have seen of them so far this season, with Allardyce's summer signings certainly improving the first XI.

    Next up for the Hammers in the Premier League is Manchester United away and, with the change in style Allardyce seems to be implementing, it will certainly be interesting to see how they get on.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Adam Uba: Mario Balotelli or Danny Welbeck. Welbeck gives you defensive steel and energy even not scoring. Balo just goes missing altogether.

    Stephen Collins: West Ham could teach Man United and Liverpool a thing or two about sensible transfers! Song, Amalfitano, Valencia. They've bought so well.

    Michael Whyte: Can't wait to see Benzema, Ronaldo, Bale and Rodriguez up against Sakho and Lovren.

  5. Player reaction

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    West Ham defender Winston Reid, speaking to BBC Sport: "I nearly missed, it was good to get a goal but the most important thing for the team was to get a couple of goals in front early on. That helped us settle and make it difficult for Liverpool.

    "They had a midweek game in the Champions League so we wanted to start quickly. Fortunately enough that paid off and we got the result."

    West Ham's Winston Reid celebrates
  6. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    If you are planning on heading out, stick around for just a little longer because we still have some reaction to bring you from today's games. West Ham goalscorer Winston Reid has been talking to BBC Sport about his second-minute opener. His thoughts coming up...

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    Rob, London: Liverpool played like a mid-table club. After the departure of Luis Suarez I thought the defence would have to bolt up and stop conceding goals. We seemed to have done the opposite. Top four looks unlikely and is probably a contentious prediction in Merseyside at the moment.

  8. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool trail leaders Chelsea by six points, and manager Brendan Rodgers added: "It's not ideal, it's a long old season but you don't want to be too far away from the pack.

    "We were up there from the off last season so there is no doubt we have to improve and ensure we don't get detached at this early stage."

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nid: Liverpool were very lucky to get all three points against unknown Ludogorets in midweek. Today, their luck ran out.

    Mahbub Anam: Liverpool the new Spurs. Sold a phone and bought a watch, a calculator, a pencil and a rubber.

  10. Manager reaction

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce speaking to MOTD: "When you see a gameplan work as early as that, it's brilliant. Liverpool had played in the Champions League for the first time in five years which is tiring and we wanted to start as quickly as we can. We said let's not let them control the tempo and press their back players. It worked brilliantly.

    "From there on they only had one shot on target and we could have had three or four. It's a fantastic result and performance. I don't think anybody across the world of football can say that we didn't deserve that today."

  11. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Evening kick-offs have certainly not been good for Liverpool. They kicked off at 17:30 BST against Aston Villa last Saturday and at the same time today and they lost both games.

    Good news though Brendan, Liverpool's game against rivals Everton next weekend is a 12:45 BST kick-off...

  12. Manager reaction

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells MOTD: "Overall we never showed the composure that is related to this team. We didn't start well.

    "It was disappointing. We knew this would be a tough game but we were 2-0 down before we started. I thought we reacted well but we were risking the game at the end and unfortunately for us it was a day of too many mistakes.

    "We're nowhere near the levels we expect to be at. The expectancy is raised for us after the last few seasons but at this moment in time we are not there. We will continue to work hard. We'll look to bounce back."

  13. Player reaction

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing, speaking to Sky Sports: "We worked hard throughout and in the end it paid off with the result. Diafra Sakho is an off the cuff type of player and has had some great finishes. I think he probably did mean it for his goal.

    "We are a hard team to play against, with great pace and strong boys. It's nice to play against your old teams, but more importantly we needed a result. It was big for us to get something and the fans got right behind us. They were massive for us."

    West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing celebrates
  14. Player reaction

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, speaking to Sky Sports: "We have worked on the shape of the team and in the first half we were fantastic. Liverpool were always going to give it a real go, but every one of us was bang on and we deserved the win.

    "We were good on Monday against Hull and deserved a little more and we should have beaten Spurs in the first game of the season, but the performance out there has shown what we are capable of. We now need to make this place a fortress."

    West Ham captain Mark Noble
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    Kevin, Hornchurch: Liverpool in for long disappointing season as Suarez irreplaceable. Gerrard losing it as age catches up with him. Squad just not good enough to rotate weekly. Lucky to make top four this season.

    Billy, Glasgow: Liverpool playing like a team that believes their own hype, turning up and expecting to stroll it. West Ham have been superior in every area, Liverpool have never been in it.

    Sam, Kent: I doubted Sam Allardyce this season, I'm glad he's proving me wrong.

  16. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Bubbles fill the air as Upton Park enters party time. It is a first home win for West Ham, which moves them up to eighth in the Premier League table.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, lose two consecutive league games for the first time since last December. It is also their third defeat in five league games.

    They trail leaders Chelsea by six points and, with the Blues in action tomorrow, that gap could yet get bigger.

  17. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Full credit to West Ham, it was their best performance of the season so far and they will win fans playing like this. It has been in an emotional week for Liverpool but this has been set up for West Ham. Returning to the Champions League, that level of football takes it out of you and Liverpool were not been able to live with West Ham's tempo this evening. There are things to ponder for Brendan Rodgers I think. A pulsating encounter."

  18. MOTD runnning order

    The all important MOTD running order is here. Burnley, you're last again. And you will be until you score a goal.

    1. Newcastle/Hull, 2. WestHam/Liverpool, 3. Villa/Arsenal, 4. QPR/Stoke, 5. Swansea/Southampton, 6. Burnley/Sunderland.

    Match of the Day, 22:20-23:40, BBC One & 22:35-23:55, BBC One Scotland & 22:20-23:55, BBC Wales & 22:20-23:55, BBC Northern Ireland


    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    West Ham's Morgan Amalfitano celebrates his goal against Liverpool
  20. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alistair Lowe: For the first time since his first five months Brendan Rodgers has major questions to answer. This has been a horrible, horrible performance.

    Nathan Collicott: You can win things with kids. But not with Skrtel and Sakho as your centre-backs...

    Joe Trott: So pleased for West Ham, about time they got a bit of luck and took the pressure off big Sam.

  21. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool seem almost resigned to the result as they hit long balls into the West ham half. Raheem Sterling does win a free-kick, though, which Steven Gerrard swings in, but the ball is headed away.

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher: "After losing Suarez Lfc were never going to score 100 goals + this season so had to be better defensively, they actually look worse now."

  23. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Upton Park is in fine voice as the game enters the first of four minutes of stoppage time. The Hammers are on course for their first home win of the season, and it will be a deserved victory too. This has been a good display by Sam Allardyce's side.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce directs from the touchline
  24. Post update

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "A delightful finish from Morgan Amalfitano after a wonderful move at the death. Stewart Downing did ever so well. It was silky soccer from the Hammers. Who would have thought we'd be saying that? We've seen it all from West Ham tonight. And you cannot argue with the score from the balance of play."

  25. GOAL

    West Ham 3-1 Liverpool - Morgan Amalfitano

    Liverpool's attempts to push forward in search of an equaliser was always going to leave them a little exposed at the back, and so it proves as Stewart Downing threads a pass for Morgan Amalfitano to run on to and the substitute pokes the ball into the far corner. Game over.

    West Ham's Morgan Amalfitano scores
  26. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Plenty of claret and blue back defending as Liverpool attempt to prise open the West Ham defence. They are having no joy, though, a frustration highlighted by Martin Skrtel as he has a go from distance, but his shot is wide.

  27. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Another brief moment of concern for West Ham as Diafra Sakho is clutching his leg after challenging for the ball with Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, who looked to have caught the striker with his foot. He is able to jog it off though.

  28. Ten to go

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Cheikhou Kouyate is able to continue, a pleasing sight for West Ham fans as their side will need the numbers to fend off Liverpool in these closing stages.

    Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham
  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ahmer Murad: Better pressure by Liverpool. Just missing that final ball. There may be more goals in this one...

  30. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    A concern for West Ham as Cheikhou Kouyate is down injured after clearing the ball. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is out of his seat and stood in his technical area, looking a tad worried. The Hammers have already used all three subs...

  31. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Liverpool are coming into it, and are not letting West Ham win the second ball. The Reds are showing the style that has been synonymous with Brendan Rodgers' reign. The ball is doing the work, and they are now the better side in this game."

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson heads the ball

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers opts to sacrifice the pace of Fabio Borini to introduce the directness of Rickie Lambert as the former Southampton striker comes on for the last 15 minutes. West Ham also make a change, defender James Collins on for Enner Valencia to shore up the defence.

  33. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool have definitely improved with Adam Lallana in the side and he slides a pass to Alberto Moreno on the left side of the West Ham area, and the wing-back fizzes a teasing ball across the face of goal but no Liverpool player can make the decisive touch and West Ham clear.

  34. CLOSE!

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli calls Adrian into action with a smart snapshot, forcing the West Ham keeper to react quickly and push the ball away. You sense the Italian could well get something from nothing in this game - he has just under 20 minutes in which to do so.

  35. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "I think Alex Song has been simple and effective. If you don't learn anything from sharing a training pitch with the likes of Iniesta and Xavi, when will you?"


    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    A very solid first start for Alex Song in West Ham colours, having provided a calm presence in midfield, and he goes off to warm applause from the home fans as he is replaced by Morgan Amalfitano.

    West Ham striker Alex Song
  37. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Brad Peterson: It's this time in a game like this that Alex Song could prove invaluable to West Ham, knows exactly what needs to be done.

    David Leaper: Mario Ballotelli, wandering around like a poor mans Emile Heskey. Fabio Borini, inept, like an even poorer mans Sean Dundee...


    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Carl Jenkinson's first contribution since coming on is to slam into Alberto Moreno, out comes the yellow card. It is all getting a little niggly now.


    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce makes his first change of the game, on-loan Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on for Guy Demel.

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    Ade: Someone explain to me how anyone can think Mark Noble should be in the England squad.

    Sam: Just want to thank Liverpool for buying Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren for £45 million. Seems Saints are on the up and Liverpool on the way down.

    Mark, Notts: Top four or five clubs will be seeing Enner Valencia as one that got away. Lad looks top drawer.

  41. CLOSE!

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana loses possession after a challenge inside the area, Liverpool fans want a penalty but the ball spills out to Alberto Moreno, who in turn picks out Fabio Borini and the striker curls a shot just over the bar. The Reds are starting to get a little closer to that equaliser.

  42. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli has not had as many chances as he would have liked but he gets his foot around a decent effort on the edge of the area and bends a shot towards goal, it is too close to Adrian, though, and ultimately a comfortable save for the West Ham keeper.

  43. Euro action

    It's all set for a busy night of action in Europe, as La Liga champions Atletico Madrid face Celta Vigo before Juventus take on AC Milan.

    The Atletico match is first up with a 19:00 BST kick-off and you can follow the action in our European live text.

  44. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Better from Liverpool as Mario Balotelli slices open the West Ham defence with a fine ball to Fabio Borini, who has space but shoots low straight at Adrian from a tricky angle.

  45. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick Hencher: Someone explain to me how Mark Noble is not in the England squad.

    Alex d'Albertanson: Dad just broke the dishwasher kicking it in anger at Liverpool's inept display. Pick it up before the sofa's destroyed!

    Luke Gwalchmai: I may be an Arsenal fan, but as an Englishman Sterling is a talent to really get excited about for the national team's future.

  46. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool win a free-kick right by the corner flag which Steven Gerrard takes, floating the ball into the area but West Ham heads clear it and Mark Noble leads a quick counter. Liverpool, though, recover to snuff it out.

  47. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Liverpool have started putting together a few passes, just as expected. That's their style, in that they like to dominate their opposition through possession."

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    Abubakar Wada: I have a feeling Liverpool will score more goals and win this match convincingly.

    Mike Carter: Surely our number one transfer target should have been a defence-minded coach a la Roy Keane/Aston Villa?

  49. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Better movement from Liverpool, just the finish missing as Adam Lallana stabs the ball into the path of Raheem Sterling on the edge of the area but the forward sweeps a low shot wide.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Pybus: Brendan Rodgers needs to hold his hands up and hire a defensive coach like Kenny Dalglish did. No composure at all.

    Charlie Smith: Important that Liverpool are without both their best players of last season. It's not all down to Luis Suarez leaving, Daniel Sturridge's injury is huge.

  51. KICK-OFF

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers did not get his tactics quite right for this game before kick-off and he makes another change as Lucas fails to emerge for the second half, instead Adam Lallana is on in his place.

    Liverpool get the second half up and running, as the referee finally heads on to the pitch.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stares out over the Upton Park turf
  52. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    There are 22 players waiting patiently on the pitch, but no officials on as yet. Get your skates on lads.

  53. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live's 606 phone-in

    "Brendan Rodgers finished second in the Premier League, putting Liverpool back in the Champions League, then had to sell his best player, and needed to rebuild the squad for Champions League football.

    "He has admitted they are not firing on all cylinders, but it will take a while for the players to get to know each other. Plus they are missing Daniel Sturridge as well, which is huge."

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Cei Frampton: I don't understand why Liverpool have such a high expectations this season? That starting XI is nothing on the real contenders!

    Ahmer Murad: I thought Fabio Borini would grab this chance, really make a statement. Don't remember seeing him at all, though.

    Ash: Steven Gerrard's a great distributor but he can't play defensive midfield. He goes forward instead of covering and he's too slow to stop counter attacks.

  55. Half-time stats

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool


    Six shots on target for West Ham, compared to Liverpool's one. It was a quiet half for Reds striker Fabio Borini, who started because Brendan Rodgers felt his pace would be useful. Not seen much of that yet though...

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    Salim, Blackburn: Why has Brendan Rodgers bought players that he never plays? Typical waste of money. At least Man United bought players that are straight in the first team.

  57. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We had a good work-rate and concentration from the start. We had a very good first half when we were in control and dominated the game.

    "The second half was more about keeping the result. We had less drive going forward. Overall, it was a very important game. It was a good win.

    "You don't see that [three goals in four minutes] often but they had a big blow with the first goal. They couldn't recover and we took advantage of that very quickly. After that it was game over.

    "They (Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil) combined very well, especially in the first half. Our plan today was to play Mesut behind their midfield and it worked.

    "I'm confident we will go from strength to strength now."

  58. Savage responds

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live's 606 phone-in

    "I stand by what I said about Alan Pardew after the game against Southampton last week because I didn't say he was a broken man, I said he sounded like a broken man. His team was poor, he had to face the press and in the post-match press conference he sounded dejected.

    "The passion in his voice this week was better. He was in a stronger position after drawing 2-2 and the fans were behind him, but I stand by what I said. You are there to be shot at. I was a player, and the amount of times I have got hammered after games, I'm not going to say: 'He had a go at me'. I wanted to prove them wrong."

    Read Robbie's BBC Sport column here.

  59. Pards gets Savaged

    Newcastle 2-2 Burnley

    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew tells BBC Sport: "Sometimes there's some really unfair things. I'll pick up Robbie Savage for this week because he said I was a broken man and I was far from that this week. I've tried to carry the job with dignity and be honest and sometimes it's nice if professionals in the game reflect that and I thought that article was not right and we've had a lot of press like that.

    "Sometimes it's also important to know we're trying to do an honest job. It's not just about me, it's about my staff and people who work every day who come in and want to make this team better. It's something I feel very strongly about defending and that's an example of which I thought was wrong."

  60. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    There's a minor war of words brewing between Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage.

    Let's see what each man has been saying in the past hour or so:

  61. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Cracking football match, this. No question, that was West Ham's best half of the season so far. They took the game to Liverpool and played in such a positive fashion.

    "I've been so impressed by what I've seen - the manager has been under pressure but tonight is a different approach. They caught Liverpool cold at the start and deservedly lead at half-time, but I do expect Brendan Rodgers' side to be better after the break."


    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    A hugely entertaining 45 minutes is brought to a close. West Ham and attacking football are not words often seen so close together in recent seasons, but they played some good stuff against Hull on Monday and again tonight and deserve their half-time lead.

    Liverpool are still in this, but they need to be careful not to leave too many gaps at the back, because the Hammers look dangerous on the counter.

  63. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Winston Reid keeps a deflected shot in play and lifts it towards the back post, where Liverpool head behind. The Hammers are finishing the half strongly.

  64. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Diafra Sakho is looking a very good summer buy for West Ham and he is buzzing around all over the pitch at the moment, his pace pulling apart the Liverpool defence and leaving plenty of gaps. He breaks away on the counter but tries to do too much as he runs into two defenders and Liverpool are able to clear.

    Diafra Sakho celebrates
  65. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    SIX minutes of injury time added on at the end of the first half, but it comes as no surprise. It's been an entertaining 45 minutes, but a disrupted one because of injuries.

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: Lovren has to be substituted. It would make a mockery of the new rules otherwise.

    Those new rules, by the way, are that a player suffering a head injury must leave the pitch and the club doctor must decide if a player is capable of continuing, not the team management.

  67. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Phenomenal belief among this West Ham group at the moment. Every opportunity to play forward, on the front foot and to show positivity is being taken, and Liverpool are only just keeping them at bay."

  68. CLOSE!

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    West Ham are finding so much space in the Liverpool defence as Enner Valencia shoots low but straight at Simon Mignolet. Moments later Cheikhou Kouyate tumbles inside the area under the attention of two Liverpool defenders, but the referee is having none of the West Ham players' appeal for a penalty.

    Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren is back on the pitch sporting a bandage around his head after that knock he suffered earlier. The Croatia defender is clearly made of tough stuff.

  69. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Dejan Lovren had been down on the ground, not moving, for a couple of minutes but fortunately he is able to get up and gingerly make his way off the pitch. Brendan Rodgers looks a relieved man, but will he be able to continue? It was a nasty knock he suffered.

    Dejan Lovren is treated by the Liverpool doctor
  70. CLOSE!

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Simon Mignolet is called upon again as he stretches to push Enner Valencia's curling free-kick behind. At the other end, Adrian thumps away an Alberto Moreno cross under the attention of Mario Balotelli.

    Cheikhou Kouyate is able to continue, but now Dejan Lovren is down injured for Liverpool after clashing heads with defensive partner Mamadou Sakho.

  71. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Cheikhou Kouyate limps off to the edge of the pitch after suffering an injury when shooting. Morgan Amalfitano gets himself ready to come on but it looks like Kouyate is desperate to continue. He might yet stay on.

  72. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    AKarim: Only quality player in Liverpool side brings them back in this game!

    Hannah Coleman: Come on Liverpool, I'm expecting a 4-2 win now...

  73. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool's goal, by the way, puts them in the record books. Raheem Sterling's strike sets a new club top-flight record of scoring in 17 consecutive away games. They need another though.

  74. Post update

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "It was tremendous front play. The cross came in from the left and Mario Balotelli somehow plucked it from the sky. And then when the ball broke, what a finish! Pick that out of the net!

    "Against the run of play, but fair play to Liverpool - that's what you've got with such quality players, particularly one of the most sought-after players in world football in Raheem Sterling."

  75. GOAL

    West Ham 2-1 Liverpool - Raheem Sterling

    Just the response Brendan Rodgers will have wanted as Liverpool halve the deficit. Great work by Mario Balotelli initially as he hooks down a cross before shooting at goal. His effort strikes Winston Reid but Raheem Sterling storms in to drive the rebound into the back of the net. Great game so far.

    Raheem Sterling slams home Liverpool's first goal
  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Loz Smith: So Adrian kicks Balotelli on the floor then tries again to wind him up and both get yellows? Pure guess from the ref.

    Cameron Laws: Feel for Balotelli there. It was a foul but he had every right to go for the ball. Horrible reaction from Adrian.

    Pete Nicholson: Is it just me or is this shaping up to be a carbon copy of the 2006 FA Cup Final? Oh, just me...


    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    That change is indeed made as defender Mamamdou Sakho replaces Javier Manquillo. The Reds go to three at the back with Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel, while Raheem Sterling and Alberto Moreno are playing as wing-backs.

  78. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ash: How long before irrelevant "need Suarez" jibes begin? Defence proving to be the problem yet again. No marking, no organisation.

    Matt Smith: Without Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge this Liverpool side look even weaker than pre-Di Maria United. No fear factor at all.

    Phoenixville: Our weakest link is our captain and Brendan is ignoring it. Yes he's vital to the team but not in that role.

  79. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling tries to make things happen for Liverpool as he darts into the area with the ball, before watching his attempted shot deflected behind. Steven Gerrard's subsequent free-kick doesn't beat the first man as Mamadou Sakho gets ready to come off the Liverpool bench. Brendan Rodgers making an early change it seems.

    Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling leads the attack against West Ham
  80. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Liverpool challenged for the title last season, and do they aspire to do that again this time round? Because you can't drop too many games, can't lose too many points. Liverpool simply haven't come out of the traps yet.

    "In the first 30 minutes of Liverpool's game at the Etihad against Manchester City they were eventually overpowered in midfield. The same thing is happening tonight."

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Navdip Singh: Expecting same fightback as Newcastle. 2-2 the final score, point for Liverpool.

    Wale Ibraheem: Steven Gerrard has been fantastic for Liverpool over the years but sorry to say it's time to move on. He has passed his best.

    Ryan Cowie: West Ham doing exactly what Liverpool did last year - shocked the opposition early on with attacking football. Quality signings.


    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    Things get heated at the other end of the pitch as Mario Balotelli get in a tangle with Adrian shortly after the West Ham goalkeeper clears. Angry words are exchanged between the pair before Mark Noble races over to urge his West Ham team-mate Adrian to calm down. Both Adrian and Balotelli are booked as a result of their brief confrontation.

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli clashes with West Ham keeper Adrian
  83. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    In contrast to Brendan Rodgers, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is sat back in his seat in the dugout, arms folded and with a contented grin on his face. Again his side come forward, this time Stewart Downing races at backing off defenders but shoots straight at Simon Mignolet.

  84. Text us on 81111

    Adam: Obviously Liverpool needed a stronger squad this season with Champions League football, but I think it can just cause issues. Last year they had to pick their best team every game, now it's just unnecessary shuffling.

    Tony: Liverpool's defence is awful, granted, buts it's not helped by their shockingly average, almost shy goalkeeper.

  85. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is stood stern faced on the edge of his technical area. His side have scored in every away game in 2014, but they need to get the ball for that to happen in this game and at the moment it is very much the West Ham show.

    They fancy a third as Aaron Cresswell has a crack at goal with a dipping effort from outside the area that requires Simon Mignolet to dive at full stretch to push behind.

  86. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom W: Do Liverpool even want the ball? Spending more time complaining to referee than challenging for the ball. Deserve to be two down.

    David Mackay: This is awful. Why did we sell Agger but keep Skrtel? Embarrassing.

    Aashish: Brendan blitzed by bubbles!

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers walks through the bubbles at Upton Park
  87. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Liverpool are shell-shocked. That's a magical finish - if Diafra Sakho has meant that then it will be one of the goals of the season. He showed composure and dinked it over Mignolet, and he knew as soon as he hit it that it was in. 2-0, West Ham are rampant, and what a start to this game!

    "All the West Ham supporters have asked, since Sam Allardyce took over, to see play like this. The fans don't want anything more - they won't mind if they lose 7-3. This is West Ham, who have had historic moments playing attacking, free-flowing football. And this atmosphere, it's the best I can remember in here for a long, long time."

  88. GOAL

    West Ham 2-0 Liverpool - Diafra Sakho

    Madness at Upton Park as West Ham's second attack results in their second goal!

    This time, Liverpool give the ball away just inside their own half and Mark Noble sends Diafra Sakho away on the right. He attempts to lift the ball into the area for Enner Valencia, but his cross goes beyond the reach of Simon Mignolet and all the way into the net.

    West Ham's Diafra Sakho scores their second against Liverpool
  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    .Me: What's going on? Did West Ham score before the game began?

    Nic Billot: How long will it take Liverpool to learn how to defend set pieces? Shocking stuff happening every week now.

    Luke: Liverpool really are one season wonders. History repeats itself, one good season in five is all they manage. Bought badly as well.


    West Ham 1-0 Liverpool

    Winston Reid is evidently full of adrenaline after grabbing that early goal, and he goes in heavy on Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, earning himself a yellow card.

  91. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Liverpool

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "What a speed of play and tempo from West Ham, and wow have they produced! Wonderful run from James Tomkins, ghosting around the back, who then headed it back across for Winston Reid to tap in. At set-plays, everyone knows Liverpool are vulnerable. A breathtaking start."

  92. GOAL

    West Ham 1-0 Liverpool - Winston Reid

    What a start by West Ham! James Tomkins nods a ball into the box back across the face of goal and Winston Reid is on hand to knock the ball in. Poor defending from Liverpool though.

    Winston Reid celebrates his goal for West Ham against Liverpool
  93. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

    BBC Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray at Villa Park

    Final Score

    "I got the feeling the tone was set right before the start of the game, probably this morning when Paul Lambert got the news that several members of his staff were unwell. Pre-match he did have a rotten look on his face. Aside from the Villa players who were forced to withdraw through illness, I would think three or four of the players on the pitch weren't at full capacity.

    "They now have got a free week before Chelsea next week, because they are out of the League Cup, then they have Man City, and they then go to Everton. What a run of games this is for Villa. It is a good job they got off to such a good start this season, because they may not pick up too many points from them."

  94. KICK-OFF

    West Ham 0-0 Liverpool

    Off we go at Upton Park...

  95. Vote result - team of the day

    The results are in from the vote on Final Score and 53.2% of you voted Arsenal as the team of the day after the Gunners' 3-0 victory at Aston Villa.

    32.5% of you voted for Accrington Stanley after their 5-4 win at Northampton, while just 14.3% of you opted for Newcastle, who came from two goals down to draw with Hull.

    Full results can be found here.

    Thanks for voting.

  96. Post update

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    A big cheer goes up for Enner Valencia as the West Ham players' names are read out over the loudspeaker. The striker scored a peach of a goal on his first start for the club on Monday, more of the same today?

    Kick off minutes away...

    Enner Valencia scores for West Ham against Hull
  97. Football League - League Two

    League Two has new leaders after former table toppers Burton lost 3-1 at Bury who move to top of the league while Wycombe remain third after a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

    There were contrasting fortunes for managers in charge of their team for the first time. Keith Curle's Carlisle losing 3-2 at Mansfield to remain bottom of the table while John Coleman's Accrington recorded a 5-4 victory at Northampton.

    Struggling Exeter collected their second win of the season at the expense of Tranmere while Luton beat Cambridge 1-0 in the battle of last season's promoted sides.

  98. Text us on 81111

    Tom, London: The success of Southampton reflects how over-priced, over-hyped and, ultimately dispensable English so-called 'talent' is in Premier League teams. New signings such as Dusan Tadic and Grazioano Pelle are far better players than the likes of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert and are valued at a fraction of the price.

  99. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Southampton

    Swansea manager Garry Monk: "I would question the first free-kick against Wilfried Bony. Whether it was a yellow or not I don't know. The second one was a foul but there was no malice in it. It puts us in a difficult position.

    "We were by far the better team in the first half. And in the second, the only shot they really had on goal was the one they scored from, which was the one time we switched off and got punished. But we will pick ourselves up and go again."

  100. Manager reaction

    Burnley 0-0 Sunderland

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It was another thorough performance and we thought it should have brought more than just a point. On the other hand it's a strong clean sheet. It was a good performance in all areas.

    "There were a number of chances - a penalty call that anywhere else on the pitch was a foul - and sometimes you just need things to go your way.

    "There's goals in the team, I'm convinced of that. It's a bit early for talk of staying in the Premier League. We're a work in progress - we know we have to score goals but you also have to keep clean sheets."

  101. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    More from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "Cheick Tiote came to me and said 'we are playing well but we can't score' but I told him I was bringing Papiss Cisse on. Our senior players were magnificent today, particularly Tiote. I'm very proud of the way we conducted ourselves as a team and a staff and we go to the next game."

  102. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Alan Pardew

    "It's been a difficult start for us," adds Alan Pardew. "I'm conscious of not making excuses because I've been accused of making excuses. I just want to defend the team, but we were really good at times today and hopefully the fans can digest that.

    "It's not lost on me that I get accused of being arrogant but I'm also a proud man to be manager of this football club and I'm going to fight to keep it. My team need to reflect that and I think they did today.

    "Ironically, one or two people clapped me as I walked out and I thank those couple of fans - it was only two. We need to win every game that we can at the moment to release some pressure. And I just want to end this interview by thanking the players because I wouldn't have liked to have played in that game."

  103. Post update

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    It will be interesting to see how Fabio Borini gets on alongside Mario Balotelli in the Liverpool attack today.

    Borini so very nearly found himself out of the Anfield door on transfer deadline day, but opted to turn down moves elsewhere to fight for his place at Liverpool.

    He certainly seems to have done that, and manager Brendan Rodgers explained his decision to start him in the last half-hour, saying: "It looked like he was going in the summer but the window closed and he was still a Liverpool player. His pace will help us at the top of the field."

  104. Post update

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "Liverpool's vulnerability is at the back. If West Ham show enough positivity coming forward they can cause the Liverpool defence all sorts of problems. It's important that West Ham dictate the game and don't give Liverpool the initiative. The Hammers are yet to win at home this season, so this is a very important game.

    "In the game against Hull, at times there was speed in West Ham's performance. Those speedy players give the side options and variety. I expect a good few goals in this game tonight."

  105. Text us on 81111

    Shaun, Kilmarnock: Liverpool spend £120 million in summer but yet Fabio Borini and Lucas Leiva, who were on the way out, are in the starting line up and £50 million worth on bench? Strange.

  106. Football League - League One

    League One

    League One leaders Bristol City let a 3-1 lead slip at Fleetwood to draw 3-3 with the Cod Army. Fortunately for them second-placed Peterborough were unable to capitalise as they went down 1-0 at Yeovil.

    Dele Alli helped himself to a hat-trick as MK Dons smashed bottom side Crewe 6-1 while managerless Port Vale moved out of the relegation zone thanks to Mark Marshall's late goal against Barnsley.

    Play-off hopefuls Swindon beat fellow promotion candidates Sheffield United 5-2 while Preston recorded a routine 2-0 win over Crawley.

  107. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Former Portsmouth striker Steve Claridge

    Final Score

    "When you are 2-0 up and pretty comfortable, of course you are going to feel as though you have lost it. Steve Bruce wants points as early as he can, and will look upon today's result as two points dropped.

    "Alan Pardew's players went down with a whimper last week and so did Pardew. But today he looked up for the challenge, up for the fight, and that was reflected in how his players performed. This week they have got something to work with."

  108. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nathan Bright: Today's former Man United striker goal tally: Hernandez two, Welbeck one ,Diouf one. I'd be happy if the current crop delivered four tomorrow!

    Aashay Knights: Fantastic from Cisse today. Still think Pardew has to go but don't lay all the blame on him. Ashley's the real evil genius.

  109. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Southampton

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It was difficult. We didn't play well in first 20 minutes. Swansea played well and we lost a lot of balls. It was complicated, but finally the result counts and it is a very good win.

    "I don't like to talk about yellow and red cards. After, when it was 10 v 11 it was more easy for us. We didn't create a lot but we scored the goal."

  110. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Papiss Cisse

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We've had to climb a mountain. The players were magnificent for me, I have to thank them. It just goes to show, with Papiss Cisse's celebration, football can bring you together.

    "Jonas (Guitierrez) announcing his illness this week was a big factor. We wanted to do something for Jonas and the team were terrific."

  111. Lawro predicts

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    "Watching West Ham's 2-2 draw at Hull on Monday made me chuckle to myself a little bit because I bet Hammers fans were thinking 'crikey, what a different team we look now'. What is different about them is that that they have started to have a go at teams away from home, which is exactly what the club's owners were asking for before the season started.

    "Liverpool have had a bit of a strange start to the season. They had a lot of passes in their defeat by Aston Villa last week, but did not seem to really get anywhere. But I think they are a better side on the road at the moment, because teams seem to have worked out how to stop them at Anfield. 2-0 Liverpool."

    Read Lawro's full prediction

  112. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

    Paul Lambert

    Paul Lambert on the virus affecting his Aston Villa squad:

    "You try to play everything down but Ashley Westwood was being sick in the warm up and Andreas Weimann was getting it during the game. Nathan Baker and Darren Bent were also out with it.

    "To play Arsenal you need everyone fit. The players have been brilliant so far this season and if somebody had said we would have 10 points by this time I would have taken it.

    "We are probably going to let the lads stay away for a couple of days. The staff have got it as well. I don't know what kind of virus it is but it is certainly doing its job."

  113. Manager reaction

    Burnley 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I don't think it was a special game or a good game for us. It was one of those games. The one who scores the goal wins the game.

    "The good thing today was the clean sheet. For the first time we get a clean sheet. We need to improve though for sure.

    "Overall, we played OK. Just OK. But OK in the Premier League is not enough - you need to be better."

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Sunderland's Gus Poyet speak at full-time
  114. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says: "I get accused of being arrogant but I am very proud to be manager of this club and I will fight to keep it."

  115. Post update

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    Liverpool at West Ham

    Liverpool are yet to find a level of consistency this season, with defeat following a win in the five games they have played so far.

    Their last game saw them beat Ludogrets 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek, but they will fancy their chances of ending their win-lose run against a side they historically do well against - they have beaten the Hammers 16 times in the last 22 league games between the two.

  116. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Steve Bruce also wishes Alan Pardew ' the best of luck' and says that it is just his turn to be under scrutiny.

  117. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "If feels like a loss. Unfortunately, we've made mistakes and got punished. We've scored two wonderful goals which would have graced any arena. Apart from the mistakes we made late on, we looked a very good team.

    "Individual errors are something you can never determine what it is. Is it complacency? Tiredness? A mistake is a mistake and we've got punished.

    "I have to say the Newcastle fans were magnificent and got behind their team. The crowd played their part in getting Newcastle back in the game. I don't think there will be any complaints about they crowd, they were magnificent today."

  118. Post update

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage are getting ready to take your calls on 606 on 5 live - Newcastle come from two down to draw with Hull - but is it enough for Newcastle fans? Arsenal fans are you happy with the way your team bounced back from their Champions League defeat? And Aston Villa, what went wrong? Managerless Cardiff throw away a 2-0 lead to draw at Derby - was a change of manager the right decision? Lines are open - call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or @bbc606 on social media.

  119. Football League - Championship

    Neither of the top two could record victory. Nottingham Forest were held to a goalless draw at Millwall while Norwich City needed a second half fightback to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City.

    Managerless Cardiff City blew a 2-0 lead at Derby County to draw 2-2 while Middlesbrough moved up to fifth with a thumping 4-0 win over Brentford and Leeds hammered local rivals Huddersfield 3-0.

    Fulham remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing 1-0 to Blackburn. The managerless Whites have taken just one point from eight games this season.

    Blackpool picked up just the second point of their dramatic campaign with a hard fought 0-0 at Brighton.

  120. Text us on 81111

    Simon, Belfast: Four days after a disappointing Champions League loss Arsenal cheer themselves up with a 3-0 win over Villa, which is the reverse of what happened at the start of last season. Then, four days after a disappointing loss to Villa they cheered themselves up with a 3-0 win in the Champions League, against Fenerbahce.

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  121. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    A disgruntled looking Steve Bruce said his Hull side 'looked a very good side' before throwing away a two-goal lead, but says the goals scored by Nikica Jelavic and Mo Diame were good enough 'to grace any arena.'

  122. Can I have your shirt please, Stevie?

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    Alex Song

    Alex Song makes his first start for West Ham after coming off the bench against Hull on Monday, and Hammers fans will be hoping the on-loan Barcelona midfielder does not get a little starstruck as he prepares to come face-to-face with his idol.

    The 27-year-old used to train every single day in a shirt previously worn by Steven Gerrard, having been given it by his cousin - former Reds defender Rigobert Song - when he was a kid.

    "The first time I went to England was 1999 when I was watching Rigobert play. It was crazy because I took some pictures with the players - I was 12 years old," he says. "Then Rigobert gave me Gerrard's shirt from that day and I have kept it. I was training every single day in it. I have still got the shirt. When you are young and someone gives you a shirt, you have to keep it."

  123. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matt Hughes-Short: Fair to say that Alan Pardew owes Papiss Cisse a couple of portions of goat curry after that display.

    Will Mann: The fact that Newcastle only just scraped a draw against Hull at home tells me that Pardew should still be on the way out...

    Callum Sibley: I'm sorry but three points in five games is not good enough. Pardew's reign has run its course.

    In the 2012-13 season, Cisse blamed a goal drought on goat curry being taken off the menu at Newcastle's training ground.

  124. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

    Danny Welebck

    Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck: "I'm particularly pleased to get off the mark. It was a good team performance.

    "We got behind them. We knew it would be difficult today. They had their chances but when we took our first one we looked in control of the game.

    "I haven't had as many training sessions as I 'd like but I am starting to get to the players a lot better."

  125. Player reaction

    Newcastle 2-2 Hull

    Hull midfielder Mo Diame: "The Premier League is never finished until it's finished. We are very disappointed not to win the game. We got too deep and couldn't keep the ball.

    "It is two points lost. We knew that we could have the crowd with us today."

    Mo Diame rifles home Hull's second
  126. Vote - team of the day

    We are asking on Final Score which is your team of the day: #Arsenal for their 3-0 win at Aston Villa, #Newcastle for their fightback to draw 2-2 with Hull, or League Two #Accrington for their 5-4 win at Northampton?

    Vote by tweeting @bbcsport with your answer or by clicking here.

    The vote will close at 17:20 BST.

    Full voting terms and conditions can be found here.

  127. Join the debate on 81111

    Vince: I don't really understand what you Newcastle fans are expecting. The last time you finished anywhere near the top four before Pardew was in the Sir Bobby Robson days. Newcastle are a mid-table club and that's the harsh reality.

    Jack in York: As a Newcastle fan I'm bewildered as to how Pardew is coming under this pressure. We have three ordinary centre-backs, one right-back, no natural left winger and unless Cisse hits form no decent striker. Even Sir Alex can't improve this. Every year we sign players to make a profit and never to better the side, just to replace ones he has sold. Ashley does not care about progression or cup runs. Pardew has had three-and-a-half years at Newcastle. He kept us in the Premier League after promotion, a fifth place finish, European football and a top 10 finish. No team can boast that in their first four seasons up from the Championship!

  128. "Gerrard - HE'S GOT IT!!!!"

    West Ham v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

    Steven Gerrard

    Younger readers may not believe me when I tell them that a side containing Shaka Hislop, Marlon Harewood, Carl Fletcher and Lionel Scaloni were moments away from winning the FA Cup eight years ago, but they sure were.

    West Ham were only denied by a familiar foe - Steven Gerrard screaming in a 30-yarder in stoppage time of a brilliant 3-3 draw in Cardiff. Watch the video and enjoy/endure.

    The best final since 1990? Probably.

    Will Gerrard be a thorn in the Hammers' side again today? Probably..

    Gerrard has nine goals against West Ham. Only John Toshack (10) has scored more against them for Liverpool.