#FlashbackFriday - West Ham v Liverpool: Part Four - 2001 to 2016
West Ham’s first game during the Glenn Roeder era came at Anfield against Liverpool in August 2001. The Hammers fell a goal behind with a goal from Michael Owen on eighteen minutes. On the half hour Paolo Di Canio equalised for the Hammers from the penalty spot. Michael Owen however sealed the points with a second goal from Michael Owen thirteen minutes from time.
The return fixture at the Boleyn Ground took place during the interim between Christmas and New Year 2001. Liverpool stood in third place, three points behind leaders Newcastle United with a game in hand. West Ham meanwhile were eleventh. Trevor Sinclair gave West Ham the lead, however a Michael Owen goal two minutes from time earned Liverpool a point.
Liverpool finished 2001/02 in second place, seven points behind Double winners Arsenal. Glenn Roeder’s first season in charge at Upton Park ended with the Hammers finishing seventh. There would be an eleven month gap between meetings between Liverpool and West Ham, the next occurring in early November 2002. After eleven games, Liverpool topped the Premiership, unbeaten with eight wins and three draws. West Ham with just three wins out of eleven were languishing in fifteenth. Liverpool extended their run with a 2-0 victory secured by two goals from Michael Owen.
The return fixture came exactly three months later in early February 2003. By this point, Liverpool had slipped to sixth place and seventeen points off of leaders Arsenal. West Ham on the hand were languishing second from bottom of the Premiership table and four points adrift of safety. Within ten minutes, goals for Milan Baros and Steven Gerrard put Liverpool two goals up. A further goal from Emile Heskey in the second half completed a comprehensive 3-0 away victory for Liverpool.
Liverpool finished 2002/03 in fifth place, while West Ham’s failure to beat Birmingham City on the final day of the season meant they finished eighteenth and hence were relegated back to the second tier for the first time in a decade. It would take the Hammers two seasons to return back to the top tier via the Play offs, by which point Alan Pardew had taken over as Hammers boss while Liverpool parted company with Gerrard Houllier who was replaced by Rafa Benitez. The Reds were also reigning European Champions again after beating AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.
The first meeting on the Hammers return came at the end of October 2005. After nine games, West Ham stood in ninth place with four wins. Liverpool meanwhile were thirteenth. Goals for Xavi Alonso and Bolo Zenden gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory.
The return fixture came in late April 2006 and would be two weeks before the two sides were scheduled to meet in the 2006 FA Cup Final. With three fixtures left to play, Liverpool were third but with no chance of catching Champions Chelsea fifteen points ahead of the Reds. West Ham meanwhile were tenth. Djibril Cisse gave Liverpool the lead on nineteen minutes, before Nigel Reo-Coker equalised early on in the second half. A second goal for Djibril Cisse however secured a 2-1 victory for Liverpool.
Liverpool finished 2005/06 in third, while West Ham climbed to ninth after beating local rivals Spurs and preventing them from finishing above Arsenal as well as denying a Champions League place. A week later, the two sides headed to Cardiff to play the last FA Cup Final to be held at the Welsh national stadium before the reopening of Wembley the following season. Two things of note about this final is that the assistant referee - Peter Kirkup from Northamptonshire - woke up with an eye infection on the morning of the match and had to be replaced by Ceri Richards from Carmarthenshire. The referee Alan Wiley became the first referee to officiate at the FA Cup Final and League Cup Final in the same season.
Within half an hour, the Hammers seemed on course for their first domestic trophy win since the 1980 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. An own goal from Jamie Carragher and a Dean Ashton goal put the Hammers two up. Goals for Djibril Cisse and Steven Gerrard pulled Liverpool level by nine minutes into the second half and achieved the feat of scoring in four separate finals, along with previous strikes in the League Cup, UEFA Cup and Champions League. On sixty four minutes a long range strike from Paul Konchesky which initially looked like an intended cross, somehow found its way into the back of the net and put the Hammers back into the lead. A piece of history occurred on eighty five minutes when Teddy Sheringham came on as sub for West Ham and at forty years and forty one days old became the third oldest player to appear in the FA Cup Final – and the oldest since 1946.
The Eastend side held the lead until the dying minutes of the game, when a superb thirty five yard shot found its way into the back of the net, which took the game into extra time. With no further scoring, the match ended in a 3-3 draw and became the second FA Cup final to go to a shootout, after Arsenal beat Man United on spot kicks twelve months prior. With penalty misses for Bobby Zamora, Paul Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand, Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties to secure the FA Cup for 2006.
West Ham’s first visit to Anfield after their FA Cup Final defeat occurred the following August, three games into the new season. The game coincided with the 100th anniversary of the opening of The Kop stand at Anfield. The Hammers had won and drawn their first two games. Liverpool meanwhile had played just the one game, which had been a 1-1 away draw with newly promoted Sheffield United. Bobby Zamora put the Hammers ahead on twelve minutes. However in the final three minutes ahead of half time, goals for Daniel Agger and Peter Crouch gave Liverpool a 2-1 win.
The return fixture back at the Boleyn Ground occurred at the end of January 2007. By this point West Ham had sacked Alan Pardew and replaced him with former West Ham player Alan Curbishley. Liverpool stood third and eleven points behind leaders Man United. West Ham meanwhile were in eighteenth place and two points from safety. Goals for Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch gave Liverpool a 2-1 win, while Kepa Blanco would be on target for the Hammers.
Liverpool finished 2006/07 in third place and runners up to AC Milan in the 2007 European Champions League Final. West Ham meanwhile secured their place in the top flight with a 1-0 away win to Champions Man United at Old Trafford. There would be a gap of exactly twelve months to the day before West Ham and Liverpool met again in January 2008, with Liverpool heading to the Boleyn Ground. Liverpool stood in sixth place in the Premiership, while West Ham were tenth. A last minute penalty from Mark Noble secured a 1-0 victory for the Hammers.
Five weeks later, the Hammers headed to Anfield to play West Ham in March 2008. Liverpool stood in fifth place, while West Ham were tenth. Goals for Steven Gerrard and a hat-trick for Fernando Torres meant a 4-0 victory for Liverpool. Liverpool finished the season fourth, while West Ham ended 2007/08 in tenth place.
In 2008/09, West Ham came to Anfield on the first day of December. Curbishley had since quit as Hammers manager over a dispute with the board over George McCartney being sold to Sunderland. Taking over in his place was former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola in his first managerial role. Liverpool were only kept off of the top spot by Chelsea having a superior goal difference, the Reds however had a game in hand. West Ham meanwhile were fifteenth. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw.
The return fixture at the Boleyn Ground came in early May. With three games left to play, Liverpool were three points behind Premiership leaders Man United with a game in hand at the start of the day. West Ham meanwhile were seventh. Goals for Ryan Babel and two for Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a comprehensive 3-0 victory which meant Liverpool topped the table on goal difference, though Man United now had two games in hand. Man United eventually took the title with a four point gap over runners up Liverpool. The Hammers meanwhile finished the season in ninth place.
The final game between the two sides of the noughties occurred in late September 2009 at the Boleyn Ground, six games in. Liverpool had won three of their five games to date, while West Ham had won just one of their four played. Liverpool took the lead with a goal from Fernando Torres. Alessandro Diamanti equalised for West Ham from the penalty spot on the half hour. Four minutes ahead of half time, Dirk Kuyt restored Liverpool’s lead before Carlton Cole bagged the Hammers’ second equaliser ahead of half time. A second goal for Fernando Torres fifteen minutes from time however secured a 3-2 victory for Liverpool.
The return fixture occurred exactly seven months on in late April 2010. Liverpool stood in seventh place, while West Ham with just one win in the previous six games stood in seventeenth place with just a three point cushion between them and the relegation zone. On nineteen minutes, the scoring was opened by former Hammer Yossi Benayoun. Ten minutes later, David N’Gog double Liverpool’s lead. An own goal from Hammers goalkeeper Rob Green on the hour mark rounded off a 3-0 victory for Liverpool.
West Ham finished the season in seventeenth place, saved from relegation by a five point margin over Burnley. Liverpool meanwhile finished seventh and parted company with Rafa Benitez with Roy Hodgson taking over as Anfield boss. Gianfranco Zola was also sacked by the Hammers in the summer of 2010, with former Chelsea boss Avram Grant taking over in his place. In 2010/11 West Ham came to Anfield in late November. Liverpool languished in eleventh place with just four wins out of thirteen. West Ham meanwhile were anchored to the foot of the table with just one win in thirteen. Liverpool gave their season a boost with a 3-0 win secured by first half goals from former Hammer Glen Johnson, as well as Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.
The return fixture at the Boleyn Ground came in late February 2011. By this point, Liverpool had sacked Roy Hodgson who was replaced by Kenny Dalglish and had climbed up to sixth. West Ham meanwhile were still bottom of the table and three points adrift of safety with eleven games left to play. West Ham boosted their chances of survival with a 3-1 win secured with goals from Scott Parker, Demba Ba and Carlton Cole, while former Hammer Glen Johnson was on target for Liverpool again.
Liverpool finished 2010/11 in sixth place, while the Hammers were relegated back to the second tier after finishing the season rock bottom of the Premiership. West Ham came back up in 2011/12 via the play offs under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce. Liverpool meanwhile appointed Brendan Rodger’s, who first visit to Upton Park as Liverpool boss came in early December 2012. After fifteen games, West Ham stood tenth while Liverpool were three points behind in twelfth. Glen Johnson again struck against his old club to give Liverpool the lead on eleven minutes. The Hammers equalised with a Mark Noble penalty nine minutes from half time.
A Steven Gerrard own goal just minutes before the break meant that Liverpool went in at half time a goal down. Another former Hammer in the shape of Joe Cole pulled Liverpool level. With eleven minutes to go, Jonjo Shelvey – a West Ham youth and Romford-born childhood West Ham fan - secured a 3-2 victory for Liverpool.
The return fixture at Anfield came in April 2013. Liverpool were seventh in the table, while West Ham were twelfth. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw. Liverpool finished the 2012/13 season in seventh place, while West Ham managed to finish their first season back in tenth place. In 2013/14, West Ham came to Anfield in early December. After fourteen games, Liverpool were fourth and seven points off of Premiership leaders Arsenal. West Ham in contrast had only managed three wins out of fourteen and in seventeenth place. With goals for Mamadou Sakho, two for Luis Suarez and an own goal from Guy Demel Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners. West Ham’s goal came from a Martin Skirtel own goal.
Liverpool’s trip to Upton Park that season came in early April. Liverpool stood second in the table, one point behind leaders Chelsea but with a game in hand. West Ham meanwhile were eleventh in the table. Two penalties from Steven Gerrard took Liverpool back to the top of the table, while Guy Demel would be on target as Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners. Liverpool however would miss out on their first title since 1990, after finishing two points behind title winners Man City. West Ham meanwhile finished 2013/14 in thirteenth place.
In 2014/15, Liverpool came to Upton Park in late September five games in. Liverpool had won two and lost two of their first four games. West Ham meanwhile had won just one of their first four games, while drawing one and losing two. The Hammers were two up within seven minutes with goals for Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho. Midway through the first half, Raheem Sterling pulled one back for Liverpool. With two minutes to go however, a Morgan Amalfitano goal secured a 3-1 victory for West Ham.
West Ham’s vist to Anfield that season came on the last day of January 2015. West Ham stood seventh in the table, one point above Liverpool in eighth. Two second half goals for Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory. Liverpool finished the 2014/15 season in sixth place, while West Ham ended the season in twelfth place and parted company with Sam Allardyce over the summer of 2015, with Serbian former Hammer Slaven Billic taking over as boss.
Billic’s first meeting with Liverpool came in late August 2015, four games into the season. The Hammers won their opening game of the season away at Arsenal, though lost the following two games. For Liverpool’s first two games, there were two wins and a draw. West Ham secured their first win at Anfield since 1963 with goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho giving the Hammers a 3-0 win.
Within six weeks, Brendan Rodgers had lost his job and was replaced by Jurgen Klopp. The German’s first meeting with the Hammers came in early January 2016 at the Boleyn Ground. Liverpool stood in seventh place, while West Ham were a point behind in eighth. Goals for Michail Antonio and former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll completed West Ham’s first League Double over Liverpool for fifty one years, as the Hammers ran out 2-0 winners.
The two sides would meet again four weeks later in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Anfield. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw. The replay took place at the Boleyn Ground a week and a half later. This would be Liverpool’s final visit to the ground before the Hammers were due to move to the Olympic Stadium the following season. Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead on the stroke of half time. Philippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool three minutes into the second half. The match ended 1-1 after ninety minutes. In the final minute of extra time, a goal from Angelo Ogbonna gave West Ham a 2-1 victory to progress to the fifth round. The Hammers progressed as far as the Quarter Final before suffering a 1-2 defeat to that year’s eventual winners Man United.
In 2016/17, West Ham came to Anfield in early December. Liverpool were third behind Premiership leaders Arsenal. West Ham meanwhile were eighteenth. Adam Lallana gave Liverpool the lead on five minutes, while goals for Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio put the Hammers ahead by half time. Three minutes into the second half, a goal from Divock Origi pulled Liverpool level. With no further scoring the game ended in a 2-2 draw. In West Ham’s last two visits to Anfield they had scored five goals – this was as many as they had managed at the ground for the previous twenty!
And so on to Sunday and Liverpool's first visit to the former Olympic Stadium. Liverpool's failure to beat Southampton has drawn them into a fight to secure a Champions League spot along with Man City, Man United and Arsenal. West Ham meanwhile are safe from the drop and little left to play for, though after their defeat of Spurs to end their London rival's title hopes, with the pressure off the Hammers and the fact that Jurgen Klopp has yet to bag a win over the Hammers, Slaven Billic's side could well spring a surprise on Liverpool over the weekend.