Liverpool v West Ham FA Cup team news and stats

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 3:43

Enner Valencia: Scored twice

Enner Valencia: In great form for West Ham

West Ham will hope the impressive recent form of Enner Valencia will enable them to continue their fine run of results against Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round clash at Anfield on Saturday (5.30pm).

Team news

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is set to return to the starting line-up for the first time in six matches to face West Ham.

The Croatia international has fully recovered from a hamstring injury and will be in a much-changed side as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to rest some weary legs at the end of a busy January.

Fellow centre-back Steven Caulker, on loan from QPR, could make his first start alongside him while Christian Benteke will be asked to lead the line.

West Ham are hopeful captain Mark Noble will be fit after he missed training on Thursday with flu.

Carl Jenkinson is out with the knee injury he suffered against Manchester City last weekend, and with new signing Sam Byram cup-tied, fit-again James Tomkins will fill in at right-back.

Winger Michail Antonio is available despite a wrist injury but Andy Carroll (hamstring), Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho (both thigh) are still sidelined.

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Liverpool have never lost in six previous FA Cup meetings with the Hammers (W4 D2), most recently in the 2006 final, when the Reds won on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

However, West Ham have won three of their last four meetings with Liverpool, including two league victories this season – a 3-0 win at Anfield back in August and a 2-0 victory at home in January.

The Reds’ last seven all Premier League FA Cup ties have ended in a 2-1 scoreline, with four wins and three defeats.

The Hammers have won just one of their last eight FA Cup games away from home (D1 L6).

In all competitions, West Ham United have won just two of their last 10 away matches (W2 D4 L4).

Enner Valencia has scored four goals in his last three competitive appearances for West Ham, this after going seven in a row without a goal prior to this run.

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