WEST HAM VS LIVERPOOL LIVE
- Liverpool seek to regain five-point lead at top of Premier League table
- West Ham seek first win in three games but Marko Arnautovic is out injured
- Emile Heskey has warned Mohamed Salah could leave Liverpool
- West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Antonio, Hernandez
- Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Lallana, Salah
WEST HAM 1-1 LIVERPOOL LIVE
51: Chance for Salah at last – his first real opening of the game. The Egypt star runs on to a loose ball outside the box and has a go with his left foot. It’s right in the middle of the goal, however, and not challenging the keeper.
48: We’re back underway in east London and the Hammers have another chance. This time from a corner where Diop gets high above Van Dijk but heads just wide.
HT: Well, Liverpool are in for a telling off in the dressing room after that. They have played straight into the Hammers game plan and almost been caught out on a number of occasions.
Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted their free-kick routines are confusing the life out of the Reds defenders. What a cracking game it’s been so far.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: The Hammers had the better chances in the first half
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: The Reds seemed stunned by the equaliser
42: CLOSE! Another free-kick has Liverpool reeling. Snodgrass floats in a wonderful cross and Rice is in acres of space in front of goal. He only has to finish after beating the offside trap but heads it over the bar. The stadium cannot believe it. We cannot believe it! What a miss.
37: West Ham are causing Liverpool real problems in the middle of the park. They’re happy to wait to pick off a stray pass or poor control, and then hit on the counter. The Hammers are also outwitting Liverpool at the set piece. Having scored once already, they almost get in behind the Reds again.
31: It’s all calmed down a bit at London Stadium now. Liverpool have barely let West Ham touch the ball since conceding.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Antonio equalises for the Hammers
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Reds players looked shocked at conceding
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Sadio Mane celebrates the opening goal
29: GOAL! Liverpool still feeling plucky from the offside goal and West Ham go and his back through Antonio!
Antonio is played in on the right side of the box completely unmarked and he fires low in off the post. 1-1!
22: GOAL! Sadio Mane with the coolest finish you will see in a long time. Lallana keeps the ball in play and finds Milner, who looks to be in an offside position.
Milner finds Mane in the box and the forward turns before burying his effort into the bottom corner. A cool finish but Milner was definitely offside.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: James Milner was in an offside position before the goal
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Firmino took time to get into the game
20: First real chance for Liverpool and it’s Firmino. He gets on the end of a failed West Ham clearance and suddenly has space in the box. But the Brazilian snatches at the chance and it falls comfortably into the goalkeeper’s hands.
16: Another chance from West Ham and it’s Hernandez again. The play breaks down in the middle of the park and the Hammers pounce. Hernandez gets it 25 yards out on the right of the area and lets leash. It’s a neat save from Alisson but the threat is mounting.
12: It’s clear to see how West Ham are set up tonight. Let Liverpool play with the ball as much as they like so long as they don’t get behind the defence. Then, pounce on the break.
The Hammers have had barely any possession and yet the two best chances of the match so far.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Hernandez goes close
10: Close again! West Ham break on the right and Liverpool are nowhere at the back. Cresswell eventually get a shot away after Hernandez tries a fancy flick, and it’s saved. That’s got the Hammers crowd going!
7: Liverpool getting into their stride a bit more now, trying to play down the flanks. Van Dijk finds Robertson on the left and the Hammers eventually clear for a corner.
3: CLOSE! Hernandez finds an opening and goes for a shot first-time from the edge of the area. The ball bobbles wide and the striker looks as though he’s missed a sitter. Annoyed he didn’t hit the target.
1: We’re underway at the London Stadium. Liverpool in all white tonight against West Ham’s claret.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Manuel Pellegrini ahead of kick off
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE
19:35 West Ham programme gaffe
Oh dear. West Ham have printed their programme for tonight’s game – with the wrong Manuel Pellegrini column!
Pellegrini was meant to be previewing the clash with Liverpool tonight but instead the Hammers have printed his notes on the Arsenal game last month.
West Ham beat Arsenal 1-0 at the London Stadium – so maybe the gaffe is an omen of things to come.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: The Hammers have printed the wrong programme notes
19:10 Teams confirmed
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Antonio, Hernandez
Liverpool: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Firmino, Lallana, Salah
So West Ham are without Marko Arnautovic for this crunch clash.
Liverpool have three injury concerns, with Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and Georginio Wijnaldum all absent.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Salah arrives with his team-mates
19:00 Arnautovic injured
Marko Arnautovic is out of West Ham’s clash with Liverpool tonight!
The Austrian is injured and does not make manager Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
Arnautovic only recently signed a new contract at West Ham, having failed to secure a move away from the club.
He was offered a switch to China in the transfer window but instead penned a new deal at London Stadium.
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: The match kicks off at 8pm
18:50 Heskey drops Salah warning
Liverpool must be aware that Mohamed Salah could leave the club if they don’t win the title this season, says Emile Heskey.
“There’s always that risk [of players wanting to leave],” Heskey told Express Sport.
“The relationship between the players and the Liverpool fans is such that they always want to give the league another go.
“I’m not saying that he wouldn’t go, but there is plenty of reason for him to stay.”
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Arnautovic is injured
West Ham vs Liverpool LIVE: Klopp’s men lead the Premier League
18:45 Pellegrini wants to help City
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants his old club to win the Premier League.
And the West Ham boss could aid with that with a win over Liverpool tonight.
“If we win, I will be very happy for our club first,” said the Chilean. “We need a good performance against the leaders.
“After that, if we can give a hand to Manchester City, it’s not our problem, but of course I am a fan of Manchester City also.”
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of West Ham vs Liverpool tonight.
The Hammers are on a three-game losing streak and could do with at least a point tonight to steady the ship.
And they come up against a Liverpool side who drew their last outing and have Manchester City breathing down their necks in the title race.
This should be a cracker tonight!