Liverpool 0-0 West Ham: Reds held for East London replay

on 30.01.2016

In a tense FA Cup outing at Anfield, neither Liverpool or West Ham United were able to find an opening, resulting in a drab 0-0 draw.

Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United

FA Cup Fourth Round – Anfield – Saturday 30th January 2016

After 120 minutes of action and a penalty shootout on Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp prepared his side for another cup clash on Saturday evening, taking on West Ham at Anfield.

With his senior stars pushing themselves to the limit against Stoke City in the League Cup, Klopp turned to his youngsters for this latest outing.

The German made 10 changes to the side that secured progress to the League Cup final, with only Simon Mignolet keeping his place, while Joe Allen wore the captain’s armband.

Despite his rotation, Klopp will have been confident that his side could secure a win, but he will have been deflated by the outcome.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 30, 2016: Liverpool's Brad Smith in action against West Ham United during the FA Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool looked to push West Ham back early on, focussing on the talent on their left flank, with both Brad Smith and Cameron Brannagan sending well-weighted deliveries into the penalty area.

The Hammers gained dominance soon after, looking to drive at the Liverpool defence, but with a lack of a quality final ball, Mignolet went untested in the first 10 minutes.

Jordon Ibe looked to capitalise on a sloppy West Ham attack with a pacy counter-attack, and after a nice one-two on the edge of the area, sent a low cross into the six-yard box that almost saw Christian Benteke grab the opener, but the ball was nipped off his boot.

Benteke went closer a minute later, aiming a glancing header towards goal following a Brannagan free-kick, but Darren Randolph was on hand to collect.

Brannagan excelled in his midfield role in the first half, and he came close to giving Liverpool to lead on 34 minutes, but his powerful long-range effort was tipped wide by Randolph.

As the first half came to a close, Pedro Obiang looked to replicate Brannagan’s attempt, hammering a volley towards Mignolet’s goal from range, but the Spaniard saw the ball drift wide of the post.

This proved to be the last significant opening of the half, as Martin Atkinson blew for the interval with the scores level.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 30, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected after missing a chance against West Ham United during the FA Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The second half kicked off with a goal-line scramble following a free-kick from Dimitri Payet, but unlike the Reds’ set-piece approach of late, Klopp’s defence were able to make the clearance.

Neither side were able to inject some much-needed energy in the first 15 minutes after the break, but Liverpool soon grabbed the initiative.

A strong burst from Nathaniel Clyne laid the ball on for Allen, but the captain blazed his 18-yard effort well over, before Benteke found the 25-year-old in the area minutes later, only for Allen’s cutback to be blocked.

Joao Carlos Teixeira was next to test Randolph, sending a piledriver towards goal from the left-hand side of the box, but the Republic of Ireland international was more than match for it.

Liverpool had a penalty call dismissed by Atkinson as the game entered its final 15 minutes, with Allen pushed in the box as he lined up a bicycle kick, before Teixeira and Ibe squandered the resulting chance as the ball fell.

Benteke then wasted a promising opening with Randolph sprawling, attempting a low shot when a pass to Teixeira would have given the Portuguese an open net to pass into.

West Ham threw everything at Liverpool as the tie drew to a close, while Klopp made a bold move by bringing on pacy youngsters Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair.

But neither side could fashion a dangerous opening, and Klopp and Bilic will now prepare their sides for a replay at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground.

TIA Man of the Match: Cameron Brannagan

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Caulker, Lovren, Smith, Stewart, Allen, Brannagan (Sinclair 86′), Ibe (Ojo 80′), Teixeira (Enrique 90′), Benteke.

Substitutes: Ward, Enrique, Ilori, Chirivella, Sinclair, Ojo, Randall

West Ham: Randolph, Tomkins (O’Brien 34′), Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Kouyate (Jelavic 37′), Moses (Antonio 70′), Payet, Valencia.

Substitutes: Howes, O’Brien, Collins, Oxford, Cullen, Antonio, Jelavic


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  1. I agree Benteke is off the pace but he is surrounded by alot of average players who struggle to create chances or deliver good crosses (although tonight branagans set pieces were a marked improvement) We had a couple of chances in the second half but overall our creativity is shocking. We just dont look dangerous anymore. Oh and any chance of taking a short corner once in a while to change it up a bit?

    • The squad is disjointed, fsg transfer committee Ian ayre are disjointed, I’m confident klopp will knock their heads together and let them see how it’s done.

    • He’s missed chances that have been created for him namely when he’s been clean through on goal! Missed another one tonight!

        • When he couldn’t sort his feet out and he back heeled it instead. For £32 million you would expect better and when he should have passed to Tex.

          • I know the one now, more of a half chance really. I think we had 2 really good chances in that game. Not enough really for a home game. Kloop looks frustrated and i think he will be buying a few in the summer, the kids didnt do themselves any harm really, but this season isnt going to be easy viewing.

          • Not sure why Klopp can be frustrated for this game. Always going to be this sort of game when you change 10 outfield players and then bring in 10 players that have either not started for us, coming back from injury, out of form or have never faced another PL team!

          • He looks frustrated in general, maybe its a german thing. I think his passion is so high he needs to win.

      • Yeah. I don’t blame them after Rodgers spent so much on benteke/balotelli.

        But I’m just hoping they realise Klopp has a much better record of finding real talent

          • Well after giving Rodgers and Ayre £100m to spend on markovic, balotelli, lovren, lallana, etc. Nobody can really blame them for being cautious.

            Leicester are proving you don’t need to spend a fortune, you just have to find quality players for a decent price… And Klopp has an excellent track record at doing just that.

  2. If ever there was an indication that we desperately need a goal scorer then that game was it. Go and buy Tex. if he bangs in 30 goals next season the money will be forgotten

  3. Also, I would like to ask another question. Is there really such a disparity between our first teamers and youngsters?? Is Brannagan really worse than Milner? Is Tex really worse than Lallana? Or is it because we paid more for these guys that they get a spot in the first team.

      • Obviously, they are less experienced because of the lack of chances they have gotten. But, if given a chance in the first team do you think they would do a worse job than the current guys.

        • I think Lucas could be replaced quite easily, Hendo when fit is a starter, and if Cans progression stops, then maybe, as for Tex would give him another go but if based on tonights perfoemance prob hasnt done enough IMO.

    • Brannagan and Stewart really made a strong case for themselves today. Teixiera’s good but I still feel his overall game flatters to deceive. Some of the pressing and work Milner and Lallana do goes a bit unappreciated/overlooked but I’d say in terms of creativity sometimes Tex looks an equal compared to those two.

      • But the thing mate is that its not as if the others are not doing the pressing and dirty work. all of the youngsters that played yesterday ran themselves about and did all the work off the ball. If that is your main quality, then you know you are not good enough.

          • I get that point, but you seem to be rejoicing drawing 0-0 at home. I get it the lads did well. I think the game was disjointed, I get that because this team doesnt get many chances to play together. But I dont think it was a world class performance, on the whole it was ok and it shows we have options, but I dont think that one game has solved any long term questions we have about our team. As ever its just my opinion.

          • Who used the term world class or rejoicing ? It was a performance from players who for the first time came up against Premier League opposition and they weren’t by embarrassed like our first team has been this season not sure why that is so hard to understand.

      • Or dull???? Funny how TIA this week did an article on ‘Fickle Fans’ but we get a performance from the reserve team that stopped West Ham and we actually for the first time this season put West Ham on the back foot! After those league performances by our first team this game was far from drab or dull and these players deserve some credit!

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