Hammer time – Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (left) and new signing Mario Balotelli show their disappointment after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
Hammer time – New Zealand defender Winston Reid gave the London side the lead after just two minutes in the English Premier League match.
Hammer time – Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho (second left) celebrates with his teammates after making it 2-0 with his third goal for West Ham since signing from French club Metz.
Hammer time – Raheem Sterling pulled a goal back before halftime as teammate Balotelli takes evasive action.
Hammer time – Balotelli, who has returned to England from AC Milan, was booked after clashing with Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.
Hammer time – West Ham substitute Morgan Amalfitano celebrates after sealing victory in the 88th minute.
Hammer time – It was a sweet victory for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce (left) who had chided Liverpool before the match for throwing away last season's title in the closing games.