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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Here are the teams for what Brendan Rodgers has called his toughest game of the season so far.

Ireland’s Darren Randolph starts in goal for West Ham.

Soccer - Barclays Under 21 Premier League - West Ham United v Chelsea - Rush Green Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Ireland U19 international Josh Cullen is on the bench today for West Ham.

Click here for all you need to know about him.

We’re underway…

4Mins

Lanzini silences Anfield with a goal on his first league start for West Ham.

The Hammers take advantage of hesitance in the Liverpool defence, as the Argentine footballer connects with a cross-shot just ahead of the defender.

4Mins

Maybe Brendan Rodgers was right when he said this match would be Liverpool’s most difficult of the season so far.

West Ham have started this match very brightly.

8Mins

Close for Liverpool!

Firmino twists and turns away from the defender and hits the post with a powerful shot from distance.

8Mins

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v West Ham United - Anfield Source: Peter Byrne

Daniel Sturridge pictured before the game. Liverpool would love to have him available today.

10Mins

Benteke goes down in the box after a challenge from Winston Reid, after the big striker chests the ball down.

There are half-hearted appeals for a penalty, but the referee rightly ignores them.

12Mins

More nervy defending from Liverpool as they struggle to clear a West Ham free kick into the box.

Despite losing their last two league games, the Hammers haven’t been afraid to attack by any means so far.

13Mins

Lanzini sprints towards goal and shoots just wide.

He has excellent close control when he dribbles and looks a good player.

18Mins

A cross is directed towards Benteke but Ogbonna heads away for a corner.

It should be a fascinating battle between the clubs’ respective summer signings today.

19Mins

20Mins

West Ham are playing very narrowly at the moment, and Liverpool are struggling to break them down.

As the previous tweet suggested, Liverpool could benefit from greater width.

24Mins

West Ham are looking dangerous on the counter attack.

The ball deflects into the path of the onrushing Cresswell at the edge of the area, but he fails to properly connect with the shot, blasting well over.

30Mins

West Ham double their advantage and it’s an awful goal to concede from a Liverpool perspective.

Lovren dwells on the ball on the edge of his own area, and Lanzini robs the defender of possession.

The Argentine’s cross is cut out, but Mark Noble is on hand to slot home the loose ball from just inside the box.

33Mins

Liverpool’s lack of width continues to be conspicuous.

It may not be long before we see one or both of Ibe and Moreno coming on.

34Mins

Noble blasts another shot over the bar, as the visitors continue to threaten.

West Ham have out-thought and out-fought Liverpool so far, and thoroughly deserve their 2-0 lead.

38Mins

Liverpool look totally bereft of ideas at the moment.

They keep coming up against wall after wall of West Ham defenders, with the visitors executing their gameplan brilliantly so far.

41Mins

The knives are out already.

44Mins

Great play by Kouyate, who carries the ball at least 20 yards, before a well-timed challenge from Skrtel stops him.

This game is by no means over — West Ham have done a lot of chasing in this first half and will inevitably tire in the second.

45Mins

Liverpool take a short corner but Coutinho is then robbed of possession, as he appeals unsuccessfully for a free kick.

That moment sums up Liverpool’s hapless half.

So half-time, and West Ham have undoubtedly been the better team.

The Hammers have shown discipline in defence and potency on the counter-attack.

The Reds’ lack of width is being exposed by their opponents’ narrow set-up, while 22-year-old Argentine player, Manuel Lanzini, looks like he could be a star in the making, having registered a goal and an assist already on his full league debut for the club.

Liverpool are lacking ideas in attack currently, but may get more opportunities as the game progresses. The Hammers will struggle to sustain the intensity they showed in the first half for an entire 90 minutes.

46Mins

The second half is underway…

47Mins

Moreno has replaced Can at half-time.

Liverpool now appear to be playing 3-4-2-1, with Coutinho and Firmino in behind Benteke, and Clyne and Moreno playing as wing-backs.

48Mins

Moreno has to be alert having just come on.

The Spaniard makes a good tackle to stop Kouyate, who was just preparing to run through on goal.

51Mins

RED CARD FOR COUTINHO!

54Mins

It’s stupid from the Brazilian, who may just have killed Liverpool’s hopes of getting anything from this game.

Having been booked late in the first half, he receives a second yellow for a clumsy sliding challenge on Dimitri Payet.

55Mins

The crowd are getting very frustrated now.

Tomkins puts in a strong challenge on Moreno, and the ref waves play on, much to the fans’ anger, before penalising Liverpool seconds later.

56Mins

61Mins

Danny Ings is coming on as Liverpool attempt to salvage something from this game.

The former Burnley man replaces Roberto Firmino, who — one powerful shot that hit the woodwork aside — has been disappointing.

61Mins

Danny Ings nearly makes an immediate impact.

He makes a positive run at the defenders, and attempts to play a one-two with Benteke, but the Belgian striker’s return pass is slightly overhit and West Ham clear.

66Mins

West Ham are already taking it to the corner in an attempt to waste time, though Moreno quickly retrieves possession.

It’s likely to be a patience-testing final 20 minutes for Liverpool fans.

71Mins

At the moment, it’s West Ham looking like scoring with Danny Ings defending on the edge of his own box.

Eventually, the ball falls to Kouyate outside the box, but his shot is straight at Mignolet.

73Mins

A free kick is flighted in towards Benteke, but as he leaps up the whistle is blown for an infringement.

Liverpool simply haven’t done enough to get anything from this game today.

75Mins

Half-chance for Cresswell.

The full-back is left with plenty of space down the left. He makes some space, turning Gomez, and forcing Mignolet into a decent save.

Shortly thereafter, Reid heads narrowly wide from a corner.

75Mins

RED CARD FOR MARK NOBLE!

80Mins

It’s a fairly ridiculous decision judging by the replay, and it’s easy to feel sympathy for Noble, who protests vehemently.

The whistle had gone already and he makes what looks a decent sliding tackle on his opponent, but the referee inexplicably sends him off.

80Mins

Lanzini is replaced by 16-year-old Reece Oxford for the final few minutes.

Meanwhile, for Liverpool, Ibe has replaced Gomez, as the hosts look to go all-out attack.

83Mins

Chance for Liverpool!

Benteke heads it into Lovren’s path from a corner, but the defender can’t direct it goalwards, failing to hit the target as he snatches all too anxiously at the loose ball.

84Mins

Danny Ings is booked, after taking down Payet in frustration.

That challenge will waste another minute or two, as the Hammers player receives treatment, and West Ham now look certainties to prevail.

87Mins

The game seems to be petering out now.

Liverpool have the look of a side resigned to defeat.

93Mins

Liverpool defenders stand off him, and Sakho duly capitalises.

The striker skips away from a challenge, before shooting into the corner of the net from the edge of the box to seal his side’s victory.

91Mins

Ireland U19 international Josh Cullen makes his Premier League debut, coming on in the final seconds for Sakho.

90Mins

FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-3 WEST HAM

So West Ham win deservedly. Tactically, they were pretty much perfect, continually stamping out any hint of a Liverpool threat, and having the ability to clinically dispatch any chances that came their way.

After a decent start to the season, there is likely to be further pressure now on Brendan Rodgers.

Having spent so much money in the summer, this afternoon, Liverpool looked all too similar to the side that struggled on a regular basis last season.

Right, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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