Liverpool vs West Ham – Premier League LIVE: Latest score and updates as Mohamed Salah hands Reds the lead

Liverpool get their season underway against visitors West Ham at Anfield today.

After an encouraging transfer window, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to hit the ground running as they attempt to keep title favourites Manchester City within their sights across the coming months.

The Hammers, meanwhile, will be similarly buoyed by their own summer business having spent almost £100m on new signings.

If history is anything to go by, though, West Ham look set for a difficult game. They’ve conceded more than 14 goals in their last four encounters with the Reds.

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27 mins: Liverpool 1 – 0 West Ham

Chance for West Ham to level, Arnautovic gets in behind the Liverpool centre-backs and wins a corner with his shot across goal, Wilshere takes it and Babuena is there but his header finds Alisson

23 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

SAVE! Alexander-Arnold takes the free kick but Fabianski dives to his right and palms the ball behind for a corner.

Milner takes it but it is cleared away, yet Liverpool come again it’s Keita this time running the ball into the area but there are three defenders around him and his shot on goal goes wide.

22 mins: Liverpool 1 – 0 West Ham

​Free kick for Liverpool in a dangerous area as Noble dives in to challenge Firmino

18 mins: GOAL! Liverpool 1 – 0 West Ham – Salah

No misses this time, Naby Keita runs the ball towards the opposing area in the centre of the park before sending it out wide to Robertson who’s cross is met by Salah for an easy tap in

17 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

CHANCE! ​Liverpool should have the lead, Milner drifts wide on the right wing and whips a perfect cross into the box, Fabianski is stuck on his line but Salah misses the ball
 

16 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

West Ham’s corner is a poor one and Liverpool break with Salah, he tries to feed through Mane but Felipe Anderson sprints back and clears. Liverpool come again and Milner dinks a chip over the heads of the West Ham centrebacks and Mane can’t control it so Fabianski cleans up

12 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

Salah receives the ball in the West Ham box but he gets it stuck under his own feet and can’t get the shot away, it wouldn’t have mattered though as he’s caught offside, West Ham have their best period of play and win a corner 

8 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

Liverpool are dominating the game Keita and Mane are linking up well and West Ham are struggling to keep hold of the ball, the home side break again but the early ball into the box is over the heads of Salah and Firmino who shot forward into the area

6 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

West Ham’s high line, works for them again as two or three Liverpool players drift offside but another cross from Alexander-Arnold forces Fabianski into a full length save as he punches the ball clear

4 mins: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

Liverpool press again, the ball comes out to Alexander-Arnold but West Ham defend with a high line, just on the edge of the penalty area and the cross is too long and too deep.

KICK OFF: Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

Liverpool get us underway and immediately win a throw in deep in West Ham’s half, they play an early ball into the box but Mane can’t quite reach it

We’re just minutes away from kick-off at Anfield, a Liverpool victory seems the likeliest of outcomes but how many will they score?

A Firmino hat-trick with Salah assisting all three would do wonders for my fantasy team.

A quick look now at the head to head between the two teams:

Liverpool have won the last three league meetings, scoring four goals on each occasion and West Ham have only recorded one win at Anfield in their last 45 top flight attempts.

Which doesn’t look set to change as Liverpool were unbeaten at Anfield last season in the league (W12, D7), scoring 45 goals and conceding just 10.

Liverpool’s main man Mo Salah had a rather lacklustre World Cup, but now he’s back in familiar surroundings how will he fair today?

  

Ahead of kick-off, why not get stuck into this epic long-read from Simon Hughes on Liverpool’s recent progress both on and off the pitch:

A number of notable absentees from Klopp’s starting line-up. Dejan Lovren hasn’t even been included in the match-day squad as he continues his recovery from the World Cup while Jordan Henderson starts on the bench – as does Fabinho. A first competitive start for Naby Keita, though, who will be eager to make a lasting first impression.

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Premier League encounter between Liverpool and West Ham.

We’ll be bringing you minute-by-minute updates from Anfield as well as analysis and key talking points. Make sure to stay tuned!

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What time does it kick off?

1.30pm on Sunday 12 August, Anfield.

Where can I watch it?

Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event will be providing live coverage of the game.

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