After two long FA Cup games, the Hammers eventually rose past the Reds to book their place in the Last 16.
They drew the first game 0-0 at Anfield with the hosts in particular guilty of missing a string of chances. The same occurred at Upton Park, but both sides had opportunities and hit posts.
It was an open game, an exciting end-to-end knock out game typical of the English FA Cup. It was made more exciting thanks to Jurgen Klopp again playing a youthful side, including a strange central defense with Lucas Leiva (normally a defensive midfielder) and Ilori, who effectively 6th choice in this position.
Klopp instead rested Kolo Toure and Sakho, while Lovren and Skrtel remain injured. New loanee Caulker was ruled out with a stiff back. The game saw a number of returnees too, such as Coutinho who started.
Christian Benteke again was guilty of being at the centre of missed chances. West Ham rubbed the wound in at the end of the first half when Antonio latched onto a high cross with expert timing and control volleyed it past Mignolet.
The keeper was again shaky in the second half, flapping at a ball and leaving the defense exposed on one occasion. Coutinho scored a great free kick to equalise after 48 minutes, slotting it through the wall from close.
With 30 minutes to go Klopp brought on Sturridge for rare game time, recently back in training, together with Origi who’s back from injury.
However taking off Teixeira and Coutinho meant there wasn’t great service. Sturridge showed some nice touches but looked short of fitness.
Benteke was clean through late on in extra-time’s second half, alone with the keeper but shot it straight at him.
Then with a minute to go Ogbonna rose highest from a late free-kick and Liverpool’s makeshift backline failed to deal with it.