Liverpool 3 West Ham 0
Kovac came in for Parker in central midfield and Grant started with a 4-3-3 formation. Obinna and Piquionne however on the wings both continually drifted infield and both failed to track back giving Liverpool's full-backs free rein to get forward.
West Ham were completely outplayed for the whole of the first half and looked clueless both with and without the ball. Liverpool's first goal came in the 17th minute when Johnson had time from a corner to chest the ball down in the area and score from ten yards.
The second came from a penalty after Gabbidon handballed in the area. Kuyt shot down the middle from the spot to score with Green diving to his left. In the 35th minute Liverpool got their third after an unmarked Rodriguez headed in from 8 yards.
West Ham's only effort on target was a soft header from Cole which was straight at Reina in goal. So an embarrassed West Ham went into the break a deserved 3 goals down.
Barrera came on for Obinna in the second half and West Ham changed to a 4-4-2 formation. The change in formation suited West Ham and they were far more in the game in the second half.
The change in formation however didin't lead to any more threat going forward for West Ham. In the 50th minute Noble did have a long range effort that flew wide.
At the other end Green made two excellent saves in quick succession to keep the goal difference down. In the 72nd minute Green made a brilliant save diving to his right to save from Torres. Thirty seconds later Green made another brilliant save, this time diving to his left to save a Paulson shot.
West Ham were probably always going to struggle at Anfield today but they weren't helped by Grant getting his tactics completely wrong from the start.