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September 19, 2009 7:30 PM BST
 
90′ +4
...That's the final whistle!!! There have been five goals, but only one separates the sides as Liverpool storm to their fourth successive victory.
 
90′ +3
Yellow Card Carlton Cole
 
90′ +2
Substitution Fernando Torres Riera
 
89′
Three more minutes for Zola's outfit to find an equaliser.
 
87′
Tired legs were evident - from both sides - as soon as the 70th minute, consequently, the final five minutes look to be played at a training ground tempo.
 
85′
Substitution Yossi Benayoun Fabio Aurelio
 
84′
The amount of blocks and interceptions that Gabbidon has found is totalling on the absurd!
 
80′
The reaction was short-lived. Liverpool's domination of the football continues, and most of the play is in West Ham United's third. With ten minutes left there could easily be another Liverpool goal.
 
77′
...Nothing comes of the corner.
 
76′
The reaction of the home side is awesome! When they go a goal down they don't drown in their sorrows! They RISE above it and look for an instant equaliser! PEPE REINA felt so uncomfortable after a kerfuffle in his box that the Irons have a corner...
 
75′
Goal Fernando Torres
 
74′
Glen Johnson starting an attack, such a useful outlet for Liverpool... turns it wide for Babel, who whips in a cross that TORRES IS GOING TO MEET!!! THERE'S THE THIRD!!! LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD!!! It's a good NODDED GOAL!!! Green left with no chance.
 
71′
Spearheading striker Carlton Cole holding the ball up and about to thread through Hines but LUCAS LEIVA sweeps in with his legs, from behind, and Cole draws the foul.
 
70′
Gerrard with a hit and hope and a smashed shot into Gabbidon! OWCH!
 
68′
Faubert receives a raucous round of applause for an impeccably timed challenge on Liverpool's talismanic midfielder-cum-striker Steven Gerrard! What a ripple he's getting!
 
65′
Substitution Alessandro Diamanti Kieron Dyer
 
64′
Diamanti is struggling... it looks like he has twinged his thigh muscle.
 
61′
Babel's first contribution is a box-bound on-the-floor cross that is immediately shut-out.
 
60′
Substitution Dirk Kuyt Ryan Babel
 
59′
Hammers send in a succession of corners. Reina's command of his area proving decisive...
 
57′
If it has never been raised before, I feel this is the forum for it... Diamanti has very, err... interesting hair.
 
56′
Liverpool's passing is crisp. They are moving it around nicely. West Ham are yet to find their groove but the game is still very open.
 
54′
Johnson receives a mock-cheer from the home fans after sending a cross into touch.
 
51′
Control your temper Fernando! Torres is giving the linesman a serious tongue-lashing! The Spaniard clearly wanted a foul after some wrestling with Gabbidon.
 
50′
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
 
48′
My, my, my... Not for the first time is HINES pulled to the ground cynically! This time by Mascherano... the Jamaican born striker is proving to much for Liverpool to handle. Could this be his break-through season?
 
46′
And we're back! The teams have changed ends and Johnson has started well, guiding the ball forth... he's about to SHOOT! Blocked.
 
45′ +2
And that's it for the first half!!! So much action here! I'll be catching my breath now, so I'll see you in fifteen!
 
45′
Carlton Cole RISING TO MEET THE HEADER! IT'S 2-2!!! IT'S ANOTHER GOAL!!! And Liverpool's zonal marking flaws have again become apparent... what a reaction TWICE from the Irons!
 
45′
Goal Carlton Cole
 
44′
Hines is a stand-out player... His pace is causing endless problems.
 
44′
Yellow Card Martin Skrtel
 
42′
GOAL!!! GOAL!!! GOAL!!! LIVERPOOL RESTORE THEIR LEAD!!! Kuyt sneaks the ball into the bottom corner after a good delivery from BENAYOUN!!!
 
41′
Goal Dirk Kuyt
 
40′
Oooooh that is simply wonderful play from Mascherano. The protecting midfielder evades three tackles to begin his own forward motion, into Skrtel... now Johnso- no. The ball was too strong.
 
37′
HINES through again and he's claiming he's been fouled! Skrtel brought him down in clumsy manner but the REFEREE IS HAVING NONE OF IT!!!
 
36′
Yellow Card Julien Faubert
 
32′
Reds glovesman Pepe Reina feels wronged!!! He's ANGRY with the penalty!!! Diamanti had slipped while taking it, and the complaint could be due to the fact that the Italian may have taken two strikes instead of one with the conversion. It stands though... it's 1-1!!!
 
31′
Yellow Card Scott Parker
 
30′
Diamanti steps up... GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!!!
 
29′
The enthusiastic HINES again on the ball... he's past Jamie Carragher but the scouse defender gives him a push! IT'S IN THE BOX! It has to be a PENALTY!!! IT IS!!! West Ham could be back in it after this!!!
 
29′
Penalty Goal Alessandro Diamanti
 
28′
The problems are picking up for Zola!!! That's two of his three substitutions already used!
 
28′
Yellow Card Jamie Carragher
 
27′
Substitution Valon Behrami Radoslav Kovac
 
25′
Well this is a monumental substitution as GABBIDON after almost two years out injured, replaces UPSON.
 
25′
Substitution Matthew Upson Danny Gabbidon
 
24′
Matthew Upson has been hurt... I think he may have injured himself, or picked up a problem at least, when he slid in to deny Torres his goal.
 
21′
Fantastic TORRES! Exceptional TORRES! Thierry Henry-esque TORRES! He skipped past the Hammers defence, drove forth, cutting in from the left hand side. He used SKILL, PACE, DETERMINATION!!!
 
20′
Nothing wrong with that!!! WHAT A SUPERB GOAL FROM TORRES! The Premier League was said to miss Thierry Henry, but his spirit lives on with this strike from the silky smooth Spaniard!
 
20′
Goal Fernando Torres
 
17′
JOHNSON now down the other end! Typical GLEN! He's off! He's cut out by ILUNGA! Ooop no, it's back into JOHNSON's path! Who wants the ball, neither of these fellas! Johnson into Gerrard through to TORRREESSSSS!!! What a turn! His shot was wide though...
 
15′
GOOD SHOW!!! Diamanti is proving Zola's selection policy to be the right one as he inter-links SUPERBLY with Faubert. Reina prevents an own goal after Johnson's nod back.
 
13′
Carragher's hopeful ball over the top is nodded into Gerrard's pass via Tomkins but the skipper fires into the welcoming mitts of Green.
 
10′
Torres! He's looking PARTICULARLY MENACING TODAY!!! His shot is blocked by... is that HANDBALL? Blocked by Ilunga.
 
8′
Benayoun... the creative midfielder on the ball, receiving the ball from Torres... this is a nice passage of play. Former Real Madrid midfielder Faubert is there to shuffle the ball away!
 
6′
Mascherano has been named by Benitez as a key player in his season plans, but the Argentine just allowed Cole to get a header through. Masch needs to offer more protection.
 
4′
Interesting starter for West Ham United as Gianfranco Zola shows faith in recent signing Alessandro Diamanti.
 
2′
It's an EARLY CHANGE FOR HINES!!! This should be a GOAL!!! IT'S HIT THE POST!!! Thundered against the post! HINES should have had a goal…
 
1′
We're underway at Upton Park. Yossi Benayoun gets some early touches on the ball and he gets an okay reception... the Israeli international used to ply his trade for the Hammers, so too did Glen Johnson.
 
 
Hello and welcome to the Goal.commentary for the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground! I'm Alan Dawson, apologising for my inexcusable tardiness, but I'll be here to inform you of every notable kick, trick, flick without forgetting any potential handbag moment. We're moments away from kick-off!!!
 
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0