Hammers hold Liverpool to draw

Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for Europe suffered a blow as they were held 0-0 by West Ham at Anfield on Sunday.

Last Updated: 08/04/13 at 13:29 Post Comment

Luis Suarez was denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen in the first half

Luis Suarez was denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen in the first half

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Brendan Rodgers' side had plenty of possession but struggled to break down a resilient Hammers team that actually came closest to scoring when Jack Collison saw a header cleared off the line.

The result means the Reds remain in seventh, while Sam Allardyce's side edge closer to the safety of mid-table in their first season back in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho had spoken in the build-up to the game of his growing understanding with Luis Suarez and the little Brazilian was at the heart of Liverpool's best work before the break.

Although the home side dominated possession, chances were few and far between and it was West Ham with the best opening of the first half - created and spurned by Mohamed Diame.

The midfielder wriggled clear of two men in the corner then evaded a third before dancing past Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing only to blaze over from close range.

Downing was substituted shortly afterwards with an injury and was replaced by Daniel Sturridge with the former Chelsea man adding more impetus to the Liverpool attack.

But despite plenty of pressure, with Suarez forcing a good save from Jussi Jaaskelainen down low, the Reds found the Hammers in resilient mood and the visitors got to the break all-square.

Liverpool upped the tempo after the interval with Gerrard to the fore as he saw a cross well cleared by Guy Demel before having a shot blocked on the line after clever play by Suarez.

The Reds skipper then thought he'd won a penalty in front of the Kop but, despite loud protestations, it was shown that James Tomkins got a slight touch on the ball after sliding in.

West Ham remained an intermittent threat on the break and nearly stole the points when Collison beat Pepe Reina with a header from a left-wing corner that Lucas somehow cleared off the line.

Liverpool huffed and puffed but they could find no way past a spirited West Ham defence led by the combative James Collins and the away side held on for a deserved point.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City 3-1 Liverpool Report
Sunday, 24 August 2014
16:00
S'land 1-1 Man Utd Report
13:30
Hull City 1-1 Stoke Report
Tottenham 4-0 QPR Report
Saturday, 23 August 2014
17:30
Everton 2-2 Arsenal Report
15:00
Chelsea 2-0 Leicester Report
C Palace 1-3 West Ham Report
Southampton 0-0 West Brom Report
Swansea 1-0 Burnley Report
12:45
A Villa 0-0 Newcastle Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 S'land 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Angel di Maria no 'miracle' for Manchester United, warns Louis van Gaal

Angel di Maria is not Manchester United's miracle, Louis van Gaal warned at the winger's official unveiling.

Transfer news: Alex Song and Danny Welbeck linked with Tottenham

Tottenham are discussing the potential signings of Alex Song and Danny Welbeck on loan, according to Sky sources.

Premier League: Neil Warnock feels he owes Crystal Palace fans

New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock feels he owes the club after the way his first spell in charge ended.

Mail Box

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property