Reds set for Hammers replay after stalemate

    Benteke again failed to get on the scoresheet

    Liverpool drew 0-0 with West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening at Anfield.

    That means that Jurgen Klopp’s side will face another game on the calendar with the replay booked for Upton Park on 9th February.

    It was a game that the German will feel his side should have won given the chances presented to them, but his much-changed team could not make the breakthrough.

    All the outfield players were changed from the League Cup game against Stoke City last week, with just Simon Mignolet retaining his place in the eleven.

    Many fans were disappointed to see Danny Ward consigned to a place on the bench again with plenty feeling that this was a great chance to give the keeper his debut.

    Opportunities were given to the likes of Joao Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan, Kevin Stewart, Steven Caulker and Brad Smith in a side captained by Joe Allen.

    The best chance to win the game fell to Christian Benteke, but rather than square for Teixeira to slot home the Belgian hit the ball straight at West Ham keeper Darren Randolph.

    Benteke won’t have won over many of his doubters with another blunt performance upfront and he looks to be running out of time to prove that he is the right man to lead the Reds’ attack.

    Jordon Ibe didn’t make much of an impression either as he failed to provide the spark required to book a passage into the fifth round.

    Teixeira twice forced saves out of Randolph and Brannagan hit a decent twenty-yard shot that nearly opened the scoring in the first half. Stewart worked hard in the midfield battle, but fingers could be pointed with his desire to shoot rather than pass. His eagerness to make an impression was admirable, however.

    Klopp was not happy to see his side book in another fixture in what is being a congested schedule.

    “We had the bigger chances, but now we have to play again. West Ham have good quality in their team and play well in the league. We tried everything – you need a bit of luck.” he said.

    “I was pleased with the whole team. Steven Caulker played for the first time in his position in defence and did well, but I cannot fault anyone, they tried and gave all.

    “We played much better than we did at West Ham, but we didn’t score so it is not over.

    “The players we changed had the day off today so hopefully nothing happened to them.” he finished.

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