Last Updated: 07/12/13 4:54pm
That's it. Liverpool take all three points after a brief scare in the second half. Coutinho was brilliant, Suarez scored again and the doom and gloom after last weekend's defeat to Hull is well and truly lifted. They go 2nd and loud cheers as the scorelines from elsewhere are read out. For West Ham it is a second away defeat in four days and they remain far too close to the relegation zone for comfort. Thanks for joining me here at Anfield today on a good afternoon for Brendan Rodgers side.
Nearly another for Suarez as he gets in again but perhaps tries to be too clever and take it round Jaaskelainen only for the ball to go out for a goal kick.
And worse again. Suarez lashes a shot towards goal, probably off target but it hits Joey O'Brien and goes in off the bar. 4-1 and Anfield is a much happier place again.
It goes from bad to worse for West Ham as Kevin Nolan is sent off for a studs up challenge into the back of Henderson's calf.
3-1! Surely game over now. That man again, Luis Suarez. Coutinho picks out Johnson with a lovely ball and Johnson's cross is equally impressive to pick out the Uruguayan at the far post. He makes no mistake with the header, planting it past Jaaskelainen.
Coutinho has been in the main but his needless flick as the hosts look to maintain possession does not please the fans. West Ham fail to capitalise to the Brazilian relief.
Mo Diame now fires a shot wide for West Ham. The visitors are looking increasingly confident, the same can't be said of the hosts right now.
Liverpool fail to clear and James Collins shot is guided just wide by Maiga. The home crowd getting nervy.
Henderson is up and will continue. Liverpool on the attack, the goal hasn't changed that. It looks like Victor Moses will be with us shortly though
Liverpool respond by going down the other end and winning a corner. It's cleared but play is stopped as Jordan Henderson stays down in the penalty area.
West Ham have a goal back! And it's another own goal! Demel's cross is nodded back in by Matt Jarvis and Martin Skrtel can only divert the ball beyond Mignolet and into his own net. Game on!
Wave after wave coming at West Ham at the minute and Allen tees up Sterling who is denied by a fine save from Jaaskelainen to his left.
Cleared but the ball comes out to Flanagan who tries his luck from 25 yards, partially blocked before Skrtel's cross is claimed by the 'keeper.
Another Liverpool corner as Suarez twists past McCartney but Tomkins helps out and puts it out for a corner.
A sweeping move sees Coutinho free Flanagan but his left-footed cross is blocked. Liverpool come again though and Coutinho's shot is parried by Jaaskelainen.
Suarez robs Tomkins of possession and plays Gerrard in. His shot is deflected for a corner but he seems to have picked up an injury in the process.
Allen bailed out by Sakho after losing the ball on the halfway line. The Frenchman intercepts Diame's pass with West Ham in a dangerous position.
Collins foul on Coutinho, who has been superb thus far, but the crowd unhappy that no card is shown.
Sterling fires in a shot from the right corner of the penalty area but Jaaskelainen pushes it out for a corner. Suarez gets his head on Gerrard delivery but straight at the West Ham 'keeper.
2-0! Gerrard's free kick from the right the goes to the far post. Sakho gets it back across goal, Skrtel tries to meet it but it looks like another own goal, this time for James Collins.
There is a half-time switch for them with one former Liverpool player replacing another. Downing replaced by Joe Cole.
An entertaining first period comes to an end. It looked like West Ham would hold on until the own goal just before the break by Guy Demel. Coutinho has been very bright for Liverpool, Sterling has been lively, Allen has looked good and Suarez, well he's always a threat. West Ham not out of this yet though.
Poor lay off by Suarez allows West Ham to win it back and counter. Jarvis floats the ball in but Flanagan clears for a corner. It gets a bit messy from the corner but Gerrard eventually clears and that's half-time. Liverpool lead 1-0.
Well, well, well. It should be two as Suarez is put in by Sterling but blazes his shot high and wide. Most unlike him. The Kop have found their voice now though.
GOAL! The pressure finally tells as Allen wins the ball back on the edge of the area. Suarez combines with Johnson before his shot is saved by Jaaskelainen, only to go in off the unfortunate Guy Demel.
Great chance for Sterling as Coutinho slips him in. He holds off Tomkins but send the ball wide of the far post.
Patient build up from Liverpool around the box nearly sees Suarez in but Collins clears just in time. An error by Johnson then lets Jarvis fire a ball across the six yard box at the other end.
West Ham threaten to silence the home crowd (although they haven't been too loud anyway, it must be said so far) as Downing skips past Flanagan and floats a cross to the far post which Skrtel flicks away.
As I write that, Coutinho threads a ball through to Sterling but he doesn't connect well at all with his shot under pressure from Demel.
Liverpool starting to build some pressure. Joe Allen and Coutinho heavily involved in the past few minutes. Sterling is also looking bright. The visitors defending stoutly so far.
The ball comes to Coutinho 25 yards, his effort goes harmlessly past Jaaskelainen's right hand post.
Final warning for Kevin Nolan from referee Michael Oliver after a numbering of niggling fouls. The latest on Joe Allen.
Luis Suarez lets fly from just outside the box but a deflection takes it wide. Gerrard's corner cleared.
@Ben_Walsh94: 'Im feeling a cheeky westham win today! Under fire hammers captain kevin nolan to get the only goal of them game! Hammers fan!!'
Collins nips in to steal the ball and plays it to Jarvis. His cross is a good one and Maiga's header brings a top class save from Simon Mignolet.
Long pass down the line the Liverpool captain gets Johnson stretching his legs. He reaches the ball but his cross is cut out by Tomkins.
Liverpool come again and as Henderson hits shot-cum-cross, Suarez is unable to divert the header goalwards.
Mignolet claims, throws long and Sterling breaks away before picking out Henderson at the far post but his shot is deflected over the bar. Corner comfortably dealt with.
Poor delivery from Downing, Gerrard clears but the Liverpool counter-attack breaks down and all of a sudden its a West Ham corner.
Flanagan caught in possession by Diame but gets back to put the ball out for a throw. A subsequent foul gives the Hammers a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right.
End to end stuff here as Maiga narrowly fails to get on the end of Diame pass before Liverpool go up the other end and Suarez scuffs his shot when put in by Coutinho.
Another Liverpool attack. Allen finds Flanagan and his cut-back comes to Suarez whose ambitious left footed chip sails just wide.
Liverpool work the ball nicely out to Johnson on the right but he overhits the cross and its a West Ham goal kick.
Luis Suarez beats the offside trap but attempts a back-heeled pass to find a team-mate and the chance is gone. A shot might have been the better option.
Early free-kick for West Ham hit long from inside their own half, cleared for a thrown-in initially before a deep cross his head wide by Matt Jarvis.
As the West Ham fans quieten down, The Kop finds it's voice. The players make their way to the pitch to rapturous applause and kick-off is only moments away...
The stadium is filling up nicely as kick-off approaches and the travelling fans are in good voice, more than holding their own against the competition of Muse on the sound system.
@LordFarquaad_ fancies Luis Suarez to continue his fine form: 'should be a good game with some ex Liverpool players in the West Ham squad. But Suarez will be on form again, 3-0'
A big cheer here as the score at Old Trafford is announced. Newcastle's win means Liverpool can move eight points clear of rivals Manchester United with a win. Newcastle meanwhile are now within a point of Brendan Rodgers' side.
It is also a first return to Merseyside for Stewart Downing since his summer move from Liverpool. Another ex-Red Joe Cole is amongst the substitutes for the visitors.
West Ham are out and will be hoping they can produce a similar performance to that which saw them leave Anfield with a point last season. A solid defensive display got them a 0-0 draw, you have to feel that Sam Allardyce would be more than happy with the same again.
The reason given for Daniel Agger's absence today is illness and Kolo Toure also appears to have been struck by the same ailment meaning he doesn't make the squad either.
Again via twitter, @CharSkinner_96 is hoping for a good performance from Liverpool's French centre-back: 'Looking forward to seeing big Mamadou's performance today. Hopefully another 3 points for the reds, just got to keep on task! YNWA'.
@EdHamblett is expecting a Liverpool win but it won't be easy, he says 'I think it will be a tough contest today. 2 nil to the pool. Suarez and sterling. Hope it's more but both sides may be lethargic.'
That's four changes from the defeat to Crystal Palace. Full-backs Guy Demel and George McCartney, winger Matt Jarvis and striker Modibo Maiga come in with Joey O'Brien, Razvan Rat, Carlton Cole and the suspended Ravel Morrison the men to miss out.
And for the Hammers its: Jaaskelainen; Demel, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins; Noble, Diame; Nolan (c), Downing, Jarvis; Maiga Subs: Adrian, O'Brien, Collison, Diarra, C.Cole, J.Cole, Taylor
So here's the team in full: Mignolet; Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Johnson; Allen, Gerrard; Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho; Suarez.Subs: Jones, Cissokho, Toure, Lucas, Moses, Alberto, Aspas.
So as promised here are the teams. First up Liverpool who make just one change from the 5-1 demolition of Norwich. Mamadou Sakho replacing Daniel Agger at centre-back...
Be sure to get involved and let me know how you think the game will go. Liverpool fans, can Luis Suarez carry on where he left off against Norwich? Or, West Ham supporters, will your side hit back to cause an upset after defeat at Selhurst Park? I want to hear your views. Tweet me at @SamDrury11 or email email@example.com.