Sep 20, 2014 at 5.30pm UK at ​London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
3-1
Liverpool
Reid (2'), Sakho (7'), Amalfitano (88')
Reid (4'), Adrian (17'), Kouyate (28'), Jenkinson (66')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Sterling (26')
Balotelli (17')

Sam Allardyce explains Alex Song inclusion

West Ham's Sam Allardyce prior to kick-off against West Brom in the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce explains his decision to start Alex Song against Liverpool.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has explained the thinking behind his decision to hand Alex Song a start against Liverpool this evening.

The Hammers host Brendan Rodgers's side, and Song, who arrived from Barcelona in the transfer window, is named amongst the starting XI for his debut.

"Not that we didn't respect Hull City, but with Liverpool being such an attacking force, we need a little bit more stability in front of the back four," he told Sky Sports News.

"Alex has got both, not only is he a creative player, he's also very accomplished at what he needs to do to protect the defence, so maybe that can nullify their attacking threat this evening."

You can catch live commentary of the game here.

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