England v Moldova

Friday 6th September 2013

I watched the documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW0ebsf7ZRs earlier on in the day, documenting one of the worst England managers in history, as he failed to qualify for USA 94, despite having players like Shearer, Gazza, Seaman, Ince, Platt etc

Watching Graham Taylor flounder in a situation of his own making was embarrassing at the time in 1993, but watching it 20 years on hasn’t made the spectacle any easier to stomach or easier to forgive. Taylor really had no idea what he was doing…and we made him the NATIONAL team manager!

Later on in the day, I went to watch England play a world cup qualifier, and the parallels were shocking…Roy Hodgson is Graham Taylor. As clueless as each other, and getting similar results. I suddenly go the feeling that not only will England fail to qualify for Brazil as group winners, but if they do get through the play offs, it will be a shambles even greater than South Africa…despite Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Ashley Cole, etc


Annual Supporters Dinner at Liverpool FC

Sunday 7th July 2013

In April, 4 of us travelled from the Middle East to have dinner with supporters groups from around the world and meet some of the old players. It was a really great night, and LFC produced this short video about the evening.

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/test-pages/supporters-dinner-video


Everton @ home, 5th May 1330 KO

Sunday 5th May 2013

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LOCAL NEWS
Bahrain – the fans will be meeting in Tracks to watch the game. It might be slightly early to get away from work, but its a big game so please support the venue with your presence.
Qatar – because of the early kick off, we will be watching in the tapas restaurant in the new building. We have invited some of the blue noses, so make sure you wear your red shirts.
Oman – hopefully the signed LFC Muscat Reds shirt will be hanging up in the Hyatt by this game.

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool host Everton in what will be the 188th Merseyside derby in the league. Merseyside meetings certainly have a reputation for fireworks, with the on-pitch tempestuousness regularly belying its “friendly derby” label. No Premier League fixture has produced more red cards than the 20 in this game.

The two sides drew 2-2 in the derby at Goodison Park back in October, with a Leighton Baines own goal and a strike from Luis Suarez putting us 2-0 up before goals from Osman and Naismith leveled matters before half-time.
Following that draw, Liverpool occupied 12th place, six points behind the Toffees who sat in 5th. 26 games later and the Reds are five points and one place below Everton who sit in 6th with 59 points.

Premier League record since the two clubs met back in October:
Liverpool – P: 26 W: 12 D: 8 L: 6 F: 55 A: 28 GD: +27 Pts: 44
Everton – P: 26 W: 11 D: 10 L: 5 F: 35 A: 27 GD: +8 Pts: 43

Since the two sides shared the spoils back in October, the Reds have picked up one point more than the Toffees, despite scoring a whopping 20 goals more than Moyes’ men and despite keeping 12 clean sheets compared to Everton’s
seven. The last time Everton won at Anfield was 1999 when Kevin Campbell beat Sander Westerveld in a 1-0 win.

TEAM PREDICTION

Goalkeepers: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Henderson,
Strikers: Downing, Sturridge, Coutinho

With a weeks rest and no injuries, the team should be very similar to the one that started against Newcastle. However, the key will be how the team lines up against their opposition. Coutinho had a man of the match
performance against Newcastle, but it is fair to say he will not be given the freedom of the midfield this time. Fellaini operated in a deeper midfield role last week against Fulham, and it is likely he will do the same
this week. Big, powerful and hairy, Fellaini loves a physical battle, and will be charged with stopping Coutinho and Henderson from feeding Sturridge. Equally Lucas will face Everton’s creator Pienaar. Piennar scored the winner last week and Lucas has made a tackle more frequently than any other player – every 15 minutes. Expect that average to come down on Sunday!

How much support and recycling the back 5 will be able to perform will depend in part on Jelavic. He is fast and will likely to give Carragher a hard time during his 735th match for LFC. However, Jelavic has only scored 7
this season. Or it could be Anichebe, the Nigerian who was overcome injury problems and starting to show his promise. At the other end Sturridge will face Jagielka. Two players in great form, but Jagielka lacks acceleration,
so Sturridge could find an edge in exploiting the lack of mobility. The biggest clash will come in the middle between Gerrard and Osman, both local lads, and both committed players.

Finally, the most interesting tactical battle will come between Downing and Baines. Baines has more assists than any full back, and so Downing will have to ensure he is diligent about tracking him back, as he can’t afford to let
Johnson get double teamed. However, going forward Downing should be able to give Baines just as much trouble, using Johnson in support…

STATISTICS

Liverpool’s overall league record against Everton:

Total – P: 187 W: 72 D: 58 L: 57 F: 256 A: 220 GD: +36
Home – P: 93 W: 40 D: 30 L: 23 F: 142 A: 103 GD: +39
Away – P: 94 W: 32 D: 28 L: 34 F: 114 A: 117 GD: -3

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v Everton at Anfield:

Biggest home win (overall): 6-0 (7/9/1935)
Biggest home defeat (overall): 0-5 (3/10/1914)
Biggest home win (Premier League): 3-0 (13/3/2012)
Biggest home defeat (Premier League): 1-2 (18/11/1995)

TRIVIA

Ian Rush has made the most appearances and scored the most goals for Liverpool against Everton with a whopping 25 goals in 36 appearances. From our current squad, Steven Gerrard with eight goals from 28 appearances is our top scorer while Jamie Carragher has made the most appearances with 29. Neville Southall is Everton’s record appearance holder against us with 41 appearances. Dixie Dean with 19 goals in 17 appearances is the Toffees’ top scorer in this fixture.

19 players have left Everton to join Liverpool, with 17 of those joining prior to the swinging 60s when Liverpool stamped their authority on the city. More recently Nick Barmby was signed for a fee of £6m back in 2000 and
Abel Xavier joined for £750,000 in January 2002.

Nine Liverpool players have departed Anfield for Goodison with the last player crossing Stanley Park in January 1992. Gary Ablett joined the Toffees for a fee of £750,000 halfway through the 1991/92 campaign but it is Peter
Beardsley who is probably the one player most Reds wished hadn’t move to Everton. The diminutive Geordie spent four successful seasons at Anfield and was a Kop favourite but Graeme Souness wasn’t a fan and promptly sold him to
Everton for £1m in August 1991.

ODDS

Home win 50%
draw 25%
Away win 25%


Newcastle away, 27th April KO 1730 BST

Saturday 27th April 2013

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LOCAL NEWS
Bahrain – will be holding their 3rd match gathering at Tracks with free snacks and 20% off
Muscat – will be getting an LFC shirt with “Muscat Reds” lettering and signed by Jan Molby, Alan Kennedy, David Fairclough, and Jimmy Case for display in the Anfield lounge.
Doha – keep a look out for 2 ex Reds currently in Doha, Harry Kewell and Djibril Cisse!

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool travel to St James’s Park to face relegation threatened Newcastle United. The Reds lost the corresponding fixture 0-2 last season thanks to a brace from Papiss Cisse, in a game that also saw Pepe Reina sent off. Despite that defeat, three of our six wins at St James’ in the Premier League have came in our last six visits there. The two sides shared the spoils at Anfield earlier this season with Luis Suarez equalising Yohan Cabaye’s opener for the Toon, who also had Fabricio Coloccini sent off.

Newcastle – who finished 5th last season with 65 points, 13 points more than us – sit just six points above the relegation zone in 16th place, 14 points behind the Reds who occupy 7th. The Geordies have lost 15 times in the
league since the two sides met back in November but their tally of nine home wins has only been bettered by the current top four and Everton, while their seven defeats at St James’ Park is the joint third most in the division with only Aston Villa and Wigan – with eight home defeats apiece – having lost more home games in the league this season.

Liverpool’s record of five away wins is the sixth highest in the league and our total of five away defeats is the joint third lowest in the division. However our tally of seven draws away from home is the joint second highest
in the Premier League with only Everton – with eight draws away from home – having drawn more.

The match-day official for this fixture is A. Marriner

TEAM NEWS
Fabio Borini (shoulder), Raheem Sterling (thigh), Martin Kelly (knee) and Joe Allen (shoulder) are all ruled out for Liverpool while Luis Suarez is banned for ten matches with immediate effect.

Goalkeepers: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Coutinho, Henderson, Downing,
Strikers: Sturridge,

Without Suarez, it will be interesting to see what Rodgers has as a plan B. LFC have been totally reliant on LS7 this season, so it would be nice to know if the other players can step up their games to contribute more to make up for the absence of our star player.

STATISTICS
Liverpool’s overall league record against Newcastle Utd:

Total – P: 153 W: 73 D: 38 L: 42 F: 267 A: 191 GD: +76
Home – P: 77 W: 51 D: 15 L: 11 F: 176 A: 78 GD: +98
Away – P: 76 W: 22 D: 23 L: 31 F: 91 A: 113 GD: -22

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v Newcastle Utd at St James’ Park:

Biggest away win (overall): 5-1 (28/12/2008)
Biggest away defeat (overall): 2-9 (1/1/1934)

TRIVIA

Ian Callaghan has made the most appearances for Liverpool in this fixture with 27. From our current squad, Jamie Carragher (23 appearances) Steven Gerrard (23 appearances and seven goals) are in joint 5th. Michael Owen’s tally of 14 goals from 11 appearances make him our top scorer in this fixture. Ian Rush with nine goals from 14 appearances and Roger Hunt with eight goals from ten appearances are next on the list.

Liverpool have signed 11 players directly from Newcastle United including our most expensive player in the club’s history in Andy Carroll (£35m) and five players who all made a big impact at Anfield during their time at the
club: Albert Stubbins, signed for £12,500 in 1946), Terry McDermott (signed for £175,000 in 1974), Alan Kennedy (signed for £330,000 in 1978), Peter Beardsley (signed for £1.9m in 1987) and Dietmar Hamann (signed for £8m in
1999). Jose Enrique was another signing from the Geordies.

Eight players have left Anfield for St James’ Park including legendary Reds Terry McDermott (sold in September 1982 for £100,000) and John Barnes (released in August 1997).

ODDS
Home win 40%
draw 20%
Away win 40%


Chelsea @ Anfield, 21st April 2013 1600 UK time

Sunday 21st April 2013

Apologies for the late sending of this email but I am travelling to the game!

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LOCAL NEWS

BAHRAIN – LFC Bahrain will be meeting at Tracks in the Crown Plaza, although the Chairman will not be there…as he will be at the game!
OMAN – Per and Sean will have to be content with each other as Tore will also be at the game.

EMOTIONAL

It is the first home game since the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough. My first game standing in the Kop was 24 years ago, not long after 95 fans had died. (The last one died later in hospital) and the number of grown men crying was surprising to a 19 year old with no idea of the full effect of the tragedy at Hillsborough.

Anne Williams, the mother whose 15 year old son died in Hillsborough, and was one of the leading lights behind the campaign for Justice, died of cancer this week. Her 24 year fight for justice is over, without ever seeing success, but thankfully she was able to see the overturning of the rulings and a start towards redemption.

Liverpool welcome Rafa Benitez back to Anfield for the first time since he was sacked in June 2010. It is likely that there will be more home fans cheering for him than away fans. Torres will also be back and will likely receive a cold welcome from the Kop.

PREVIEW

The corresponding fixture last season saw the Reds secure a 4-1 victory courtesy of goals from Henderson, Agger and Shelvey that followed a Michael Essien own goal that gave us the lead, while Ramires struck a consolation for the Blues with the Reds 3-0 up. The two sides shared a 1-1 draw back in November at Stamford Bridge, with Luis Suarez’s second half equaliser cancelling out John Terry’s opener in the first half. Liverpool have won four of the last five league encounters with Chelsea, with two victories coming at Anfield and two at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea currently sit 3rd in the league with 61 points – 11 points ahead of  us in 7th – and 20 points behind league leaders Manchester United. Their tally of eight victories away from home is bettered only by Tottenham who’ve won nine and Man Utd with 12. Rafa Benitez’s side are the second highest scorers in the division with 64 goals scored and have conceded the second fewest with 33.

Liverpool have the third best defensive record at home this season with 14 goals conceded in 16 matches, only Chelsea with 13 goals against them and Man City with 11 goals conceded boast better records. Manchester City are also the only side to have kept more clean sheets than the Reds with 14 compared to our tally of 13, while Chelsea have kept 12 clean sheets.

TEAM NEWS

Goalkeeper: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, , Gerrard (c), Henderson
Strikers: Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho

This is without doubt our strongest line up at the moment, and apart from Downing, there shouldn’t be too much doubt about who will start this game.

STATISTICS

Liverpool’s overall league record against Chelsea:

Total – P: 139 W: 64 D: 29 L: 46 F: 216 A: 190 GD: +26
Home – P: 69 W: 46 D: 14 L: 9 F: 146 A: 70 GD: +76
Away – P: 70 W: 18 D: 15 L: 37 F: 670 A: 120 GD: -50

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v Chelsea at Anfield:

Biggest home win (overall): 6-0 (20/4/1935)
Biggest home defeat (overall): 1-4 (twice)

TRIVIA

Three of Liverpool’s current squad are in the top five for most appearances against Chelsea, with Jamie Carragher out in front with 44 appearances. Steven Gerrard is next with 34 and just one goal, while Pepe Reina is fourth with 26. Ian Rush has found the back of the net the most for the Reds with ten goals from 19 appearances but it’s Fernando Torres who has the most prolific record with seven goals in eight appearances against the Blues.

Daniel Sturridge became the third player to sign directly for Liverpool from Chelsea when he completed a £12m move back in January. The other two players to make the switch from Chelsea were Tony Hateley, who made the move to Anfield in 1967 for a then club record fee of £96,000 and went on to score 28 goals in 56 appearances before moving to Coventry City in 1968, and almost 20 years after Hateley, Nigel Spackman, who was signed for £400,000 in February 1987. Spackman made 63 appearances before moving to Queen’s Park Rangers in 1989.

Of the four players to have left Liverpool for Chelsea, three of them have joined the Blues in the past two years. Yossi Benayoun was the first to leave, sold for a fee of £6m in July 2010 after scoring 29 goals in 134 appearances during the three seasons he spent at Anfield. Fernando Torres was then sold for a British record £50m in January 2011 after scoring 81 times in 142 appearances. Raul Meireles followed Torres just seven months later, sold for a fee of £12m in August 2011.

ODDS
LFC win 40%
draw 25%
CFC win 35%


Saturday 13th April 2013

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LOCAL NEWS
BAHRAIN – will be having their second match gathering for LFC Bahrain Supporters at Tracks “Crown Plaza Hotel”. Note that LFC Members will receive a 20% discount on the total bill amount. Snacks will be available free of charge.
OMAN – Mohd Shaikh is safely in the Far East, and will not be ringing the bell, so it is up to one of you to pick up the baton!
QATAR – we will be back in the Shehrezade sports bar in the Radisson this week. To boost attendance, lets make this a bring a friend match!

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool travel to the Madejski Stadium where they face bottom side Reading in what will be just the tenth official meeting between the two sides. The Reds secured a 1-0 victory at Anfield back in December with Raheem Sterling
scoring his first senior goal for the club, which gave Brendan Rodgers his first league win at Anfield as Liverpool manager. Our last league encounter at the Madejski Stadium ended in a 1-3 defeat back in December 2007. Steven
Gerrard equalised Hunt’s opener before two second half goals from Doyle and Harper sealed Reading’s victory, which is their only league triumph over Liverpool to date.

Premier League record since the two clubs met back in October:

Liverpool – P: 24 W: 11 D: 7 L: 6 F: 49 A: 28 GD: +21 Pts: 40
Reading – P: 25 W: 5 D: 5 L: 15 F: 28 A: 49 GD: -21 Pts: 20

Reading are currently on a seven game losing streak in the Premier League – they also lost seven consecutive games earlier in the season – and can lay claim to having lost the most games (19), conceded the most goals (63), kept
the fewest clean sheets (three) and have won just five times in the league all season (Q.P.R. have won fewer games with four). Only Wigan Athletic with 32 have conceded more goals at home than Reading’s total of 31 prior to this
fixture.

Liverpool have the third best defensive record at home this season with 14 goals conceded in 16 matches, Chelsea with 13 goals against them and Man City with 11 goals conceded boast better records. Manchester City are also the only side to have kept more clean sheets than the Reds with 14 compared to our tally of 12.

The match-day official for this fixture is Mark Clattenburg

TEAM NEWS

Fabio Borini (shoulder), Martin Kelly (knee), Raheem Sterling (thigh) and Joe Allen (shoulder) are ruled out through injury, while Stewart Downing (illness) is doubtful.

Goalkeepers: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Henderson,
Strikers: Downing, Suarez, Coutinho,

It is hard to see beyond the usual back 5 players. Skrtel could get a recall to redeem himself, but it is unlikely he will displace Cara or Agger. Equally Wisdom might get a rare start but unlikely as this game looks perfect for 2 attacking wing backs. Having said that Johnson has been nursing a toe injury…

There was a lot of false hype last week, generated by twitter, pushing the rumour that LFC had never lost when starting with Lucas, Gerrard, and Henderson. (They had lost 2-0 to WBA) However, the reason it was such a good lie, is that it is so believable. Those 3 in midfield compliment each other very well, with Lucas providing defensive solidity and screening for the back 4 (he has made more tackles in the league than anyone else) Gerrard pulling the strings from the middle of the park, and Henderson the energetic box to box attacking midfielder, pressing the opposition when out of position.

It was great to see Coutinho start and do so well against West Ham (notwithstanding the result) and I expect him to start again. He just won the player of the month award for March and I can’t think of anyone else who deserved it more. Suarez has gone through a slightly barren patch by this seasons standards, but he has had a week to rest and must be champing at the bit. Assaidi had a rare and brief sub appearance last week, and whilst his attributes were on display, with direct and exciting running, the negatives were also there with crosses never going to a red shirt.

I would like to see Sturridge start in this game, but it seems BR has lost faith in the striker, or prefers a different tactic. Either way, I expect BR to start Downing, Suarez, and Coutinho.

STATISTICS

Liverpool’s overall league record against Reading:

Home – P: 3 W: 3 D: 0 L: 0 F: 5 A: 1 GD: +4
Away – P: 2 W: 1 D: 0 L: 1 F: 3 A: 4 GD: -1

Biggest away win (overall): 2-1 (7/4/2007)
Biggest away defeat (overall): 1-3 (8/12/2007)

TRIVIA

Steven Gerrard has made the most appearances against Reading with eight, with two goals to his name while Fernando Torres is our top scorer with four goals from five appearances.

Just one player has left Reading to join Liverpool and even he was originally a Liverpool player before making the move to Merseyside. Alf West left Anfield for Reading in June 1909 for an unknown fee then made the move back in the opposite direction the following year, again for an unknown fee. West made 141 appearances scoring six times during his two spells with the club, and was a member of the 1905/06 title winning team. West was fortunate to even be alive as is noted on LFChistory.net:

“West had been training for a 120 yards handicap and finished his preparation with a week at Lytham. Everything was complete, and he, accompanied by his trainer, went to take the final spin before leaving for Keswick where he was due to run the following day. Not having had much practice at starting with the pistol it was decided to adopt this method. Whilst the trainer was handling the weapon, it accidentally went off and West received a bullet under his right shoulder. He walked away some 200 yards, and then, staggering, fell into his trainer’s arms. Fortunately the
bullet did not penetrate the lungs, but spent itself by travelling along the outside of the ribs to the front part of the chest.” West was in critical condition as he had been actually been shot with two bullets just above the
heart by trainer William Norman “who was naturally much upset.”

James Bradley (1911; unknown fee) and Robert Done (1935; £150) both later followed Alf West in making the move from Liverpool to Reading although neither player were involved in bizarre shooting accidents of note.

ODDS
Home win 25%
draw 25%
away win 50%


West Ham @ home, Sunday 7th April, 1330 BST

Sunday 7th April 2013

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LOCAL NEWS
BAHRAIN – will be having their first match gathering for LFC Bahrain Supporters at Tracks “Crown Plaza Hotel”. Note that LFC Members will receive a 20% discount on the total bill amount. Snacks will be available free of charge
OMAN – Mohd Shaikh is safely in the Far East, and will not be ringing the bell, so it is up to one of you to pick up the baton!
QATAR – due to the early kick off, and the alcohol laws, the game will be watched in Picasso’s where food and alcohol can be served.

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool host West Ham United with Brendan Rodgers’ side sitting four places and 12 points above Sam Allardyce’s Hammers who occupy 11th having picked up 36 points.

The corresponding fixture in 2010/11 saw the Reds record a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi, while we also claimed a 3-2 victory at Upton Park back in December in the reverse fixture. In that match, Glen Johnson gave Liverpool the lead before a Mark Noble pen and a Steven Gerrard own goal put the Hammers 2-1 up at half-time. Two goals in thee second-half minutes from Joe Cole (76’) and Jonjo Shelvey (79”) secured all three points for the Reds.

West Ham have lost 10 of their 15 away matches in the Premier League this season – only bottom side Reading have lost more with 13. The Hammers’ tally of nine goals scored away from home is the joint worst in the division shared with Stoke.

TEAM NEWS
For West Ham, Joe Cole (hamstring) is rated as doubtful. Andy Carroll is ineligible.
Goalkeeper: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique,
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Henderson,
Strikers: Downing, Sturridge, Suarez

The back 5 should be as expected, with Skrtel and Coates looking closer to leaving Anfield in the summer.

In midfield, an interesting stat has been going around twitter that says LFC have not lost when Gerrard, Lucas and Henderson have started. This is not entirely true, as they started against WBA and lost, but in that game, Henderson started on the wing, and Shelvey was midfield. However, the point is that this 3 seems to be our strongest midfield, and will hopefully start against West Ham. Lucas will be screening the back four as usual, but whether Gerrard plays the double pivot with Lucas in a deep lying role or up front as the playmaker in the 1-2 midfield triangle along with Henderson remains to be seen. With LFC at home, and the onus on LFC to win, I would expect the 1-2 set up.

The British press termed BR’s team selection for the Saints game as “arrogant” for including only 2 midfielders, and 4 attackers. Since then, BR has reverted to 3 in midfield, and the results have paid off. Against Aston Villa, it was surprising to see Sturridge on the bench, but understandable, as LFC had been overrun in midfield against Spurs and Saints, (and other games) and these games only began to turn in our favour when a more attack minded player was sacrificed for a player ready to win the midfield battle. (This is an area of real concern, and has been our downfall in our worst performances this season, as this video will show… http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rTwzQCA-RzY )

Big Sam tends to set up his teams to bully their way to the points, so it would not be a surprise to see Coutinho on the bench for this game, as he is still adapting and very light weight. (although BR has played Suso against Stoke…and look at how that turned out.) Hopefully BR has learnt that lesson, or Coutinho has adapted to the more physical aspects of the EPL faster than we expected. Coutinho has the potential to be a superstar, but no LFC fan or neutral wants to see him kicked off the park by the “agricultural” style of Big Sam’s teams.
I expect a front three of Donwing, Sturridge and Suarez to start, although, as with all my predictions, I expect to be proven wrong in at least one selection if not 3!

STATISTICS
Liverpool’s overall league record against West Ham United:
Total – P: 109 W: 58 D: 29 L: 22 F: 182 A: 100 GD: +82
Home – P: 54 W: 37 D: 14 L: 3 F: 104 A: 29 GD: +75
Away – P: 55 W: 21 D: 15 L: 19 F: 78 A: 71 GD: +7

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats v West Ham United at Anfield:
Biggest home win (overall): 6-0 (7/4/1984)
Biggest home defeat (overall): 1-3 (4/2/1928)

TRIVIA
Ian Callaghan has made the most appearances for Liverpool in this fixture with 33 (two goals scored), while from our current squad, Jamie Carragher has made 23 appearances against the Hammers.

John Toshack has scored the most goals and has the best goals to games ratio for Liverpool with ten goals in ten appearances. From our current squad, Steven Gerrard has seven goals in 18 appearances against West Ham, with four of those goals scored at Upton Park.

Liverpool have signed four players directly from West Ham with the most expensive being Yossi Benayoun, joining for £5m in July 2007. 11 Reds have made the move to Upton Park, with nine of those transfers occurring between 1993 and 2007. Craig Bellamy has brought in the largest fee when he joined the Hammers in July 2007 for £7.5m.

WHUFC STRENGTHS
Aerial duels
Set pieces

WHUFC WEAKNESSES
Keeping possession
finishing chances
defending against counter attacks

ODDS
LFC win 65%
draw 20%
WHUFC win 15%