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Brendan Rodgers takes his men to London as Liverpool face West Ham United in the weekend Premier League clash at Upton Park on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the match on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.

Overview

West Ham have not enjoyed a great start to the 2014/15 season. The Hammers have managed just one win in the last five matches played in all competitions. This includes a defeat to Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup last month.

Sam Allardyce's side managed to avoid defeat in their previous fixture against Hull City as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. West Ham had to come from behind on two occasions to level the scores. Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho's goal saw them seal a point against the Tigers.

Despite bringing several new faces in the summer transfer window, the Hammers are struggling in the league. Allardyce will be hoping his side can find a victory against the Reds to kick-start the season.

Liverpool
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal against Tottenham.Getty

Meanwhile, Liverpool come into this game after defeating Ludogorets 2-1 in the Champions League clash. The Merseyside club returned to Europe's elite club competition after a five-year absence.

Summer signing Mario Balotelli opened the scoring in the final quarter of the match before Dani Abalo equalised in the first minute of the stoppage time. However, Liverpool were awarded a penalty and Steven Gerrard converted from the spot kick to seal a crucial win on their return to the Champions League.

In the last league fixture, Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. The result was their second league defeat of the season and Rodgers would be looking for nothing less than a win against West Ham on Saturday.

What Managers Say

Sam Allardyce: "I remember last year we were sadly done by a referring decision. They complained that they had to park too far away, the dressing rooms were too hot, the grass was too long, whatever. It was a shame they won on a dubious penalty because we played ever so well. Hopefully we can repeat that minus the penalties."

Brendan Rodgers: "Against Villa we weren't at our level in the final third and Villa defended well.We moved on from that, got a great result [against Ludogorets] and the perspective after a couple of days makes it a good result.Sam [Allardyce's] sides are well set up and always make it difficult for you. It'll be a really good test for us ... but we'll look to impose our game."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • West Ham United to win: 17/5
  • Draw: 14/5
  • Liverpool to win: 13/16

Team News

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United

  • Injured: Matt Jarvis (thigh), Andy Carroll (ankle), Kevin Nolan (shoulder), Joey O'Brien (knee)
  • Doubtful: James Collins (hamstring)
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Noble; Kouyate, Zarate, Downing, Sakho, Valencia

Liverpool

  • Injured: Daniel Sturridge (thigh), Glen Johnson (thigh), Jon Flangan (knee), Joe Allen (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana; Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli