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Good evening! While the 11 3pm kick-offs are all in the dying minutes, there’re one more FA Cup fourth round encounter to be decided this evening — and it’s a big one.

Anfield hosts Liverpool v West Ham and kick-off is just 40 minutes away.

Team news is here and there are several changes on both teams.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Clyne, Caulker, Lovren, Smith, Stewart, Allen (c), Brannagan, Ibe, Teixeira, Benteke.

 

WEST HAM: Randolph, Tomkins, Reid (c), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Kouyate, Moses, Payet, Valencia.

Simon Mignolet is the only player in the Liverpool team to keep his place from the XI that lined against Stoke City in midweek, while the Hammers make six changes including Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph in for Adrian.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Charlton Athletic v West Ham United - The Valley Source: EMPICS Sport

These two clubs met in one of the greatest ever FA Cup finals back in 2006.

This thunderbolt from Steven Gerrard made it 3-3 in injury-time before the Reds won out 3-1 on penalties.

Source: Ryor/YouTube

This will be the third time the clubs have met this season, and it was the Hammers who won both league encounters to do a first double over Liverpool in 52 years.

How do you see this one going? 


Poll Results:





The teams are emerging from the tunnel so we’re moments away from kick-off.

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WE’RE OFF – Liverpool in all red, West Ham wearing a black change strip.

5Mins

Five minutes played with little to report. Brad Smith has been lively for Liverpool, while team-mate Cameron Brannigan has just sent a long range shot into the stands.

10Mins

West Ham win a free-kick a good 40 yards out from goal and, with a cross into the box looking the most obvious choice, Dimitri Payet attempts to catch out Simon Mignolet but doesn’t get the execution right.

15Mins

CHANCE! Creswell’s cross from the left makes its way to Valencia but the Ecuadorian striker gets his header all wrong.

25Mins

Brannigan delivers a set-piece from deep and Benteke looks to latch onto it but is unable to make any contact, leaving Randolph to collect.

Moments later, Teixeira plays the Belgian striker through but Randolph is out off his line in a flash.

27Mins

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic rocking the beanie hat and suit look…

Liverpool v West Ham United - Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round - Anfield Source: PA Wire/PA Images

31Mins

West Ham defender Tomkins is down receiving treatment after a clash of heads with Allen. There’s blood pouring from his head so there could be a Terry Butcher-style bandage on its way.

37Mins

GREAT STOP! Brannigan tries his luck from distance but Randolph, who has looked sharp, gets a hand to tip it round the post.

Double enforced change for West Ham –  Dubliner Joey O’Brien is on for Tomkins, who hasn’t recovered, while Nikita Jelavic has also been introduced as a replacement for Kouyate.

43Mins

More work for Randolph, who has to punch clear before being fouled by Allen.

46Mins

O’Brien’s cross is cleared to the edge of the box and Obiang volleys just wide.

Three minutes of added time to play.

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Half-time: Liverpool 0-0 West Ham 

Liverpool v West Ham United - Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round - Anfield Kouyate chases Teixeira. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

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SECOND HALF – Here we go. Both teams setting up in the same way they finished the first 45 minutes.

49Mins

Jelavic gets a glancing touch to West Ham’s free-kick and there’s a bit of confusion in the Liverpool box before the ball is eventually prodded away.

53Mins

Replays on that incident show the ball actually hit Caulker’s arm. Howard Webb tells BT Sport that he thinks it should be a penalty, but I’m not so sure.

59Mins

Oh dear. Clyne drives forward and cuts the ball back to captain for the night Allen, who leans back and skies his effort into Row Z.

63Mins

Another save from Randolph. Teixeira receives possession 18 yards out and drills the ball at goal, where West Ham’s keeper makes a solid block.

69Mins

That’s a bad miss by Benteke. Stewart sends a ball into the box and the striker has a clear chance to direct the ball on target but can’t adjust his feet quick enough.

70Mins

Substitution – West Ham bring on Michail Antonio for Moses.

76Mins

West Ham under real pressure here now and Randolph has pulled off three saves in quick succession to thwart Teixeira and Benteke.

He’s having a really good game.

80Mins

Substitution -  Sheyi Ojo replaces Ibe for Liverpool.

83Mins

There are West Ham claims for a penalty as Valencia goes down in the box but the referee signals to play on.

86Mins

Another change – And it’s Liverpool who make it. Brannagan leaves the field with Jerome Sinclair introduced.

90Mins

Just three minutes of added time to play.

It doesn’t look like we’re going to get a winner tonight.

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FULL- TIME: Liverpool 0-0 West Ham 

It ends scoreless and they’ll have to do it all again in a replay at Upton Park.

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