Goalscorer Parker (left) and Hitzlsperger were influential in the Hammers win
By Mandeep Sanghera
Scott Parker inspired West Ham to a win over Liverpool at Upton Park that lifted the east London side off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Parker produced a lovely dinked effort into the far bottom corner after 22 minutes to give the Hammers the lead.
Demba Ba's guided header into the top corner then left the Reds reeling.
Liverpool's late rally resulted in Glen Johnson tapping in after 84 minutes but Carlton Cole drove in a shot to secure a valuable win for the home side.
In their last league outing, Parker's half-time words had helped rouse the Hammers to fight back from 3-0 to draw 3-3 at West Brom and the central midfielder was again the driving force for his side.
Playing through the pain of a shoulder injury, he led from the front and his team-mates followed his example to produce a performance of grit and guile for only their sixth league win of the season.
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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was left shaking his head from the touchline at times and, despite his side's goal, they raised their game too late as any lingering hopes the Anfield outfit had of launching an assault on a top-four spot lay in tatters.
The Hammers went into the game having again dropped to the bottom of the table after Wolves beat Blackpool 4-0 on Saturday, and there may have been a degree of trepidation as they faced opponents who were unbeaten in their eight previous games in all competitions.
But, despite having the worst home record in the top-flight ahead of the match, West Ham upped their game after a slow start to help raise the volume inside the ground by showing the type of qualities they will need to beat the drop.
There was character and composure as they neatly passed the ball about, while smothering any threat the Merseysiders tried to conjure up, with the dynamism of central midfield duo Parker and Thomas Hitzlsperger unsettling the visitors.
German Hitzlsperger, nicknamed "Der Hammer", is renowned for his powerful left-foot strikes and he twice produced well-struck long-range efforts which might have tested Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina more had they not been straight at him.
Parker is known for his combative style but showed he also has a delicate touch to his game after playing a one-two with Hitzlsperger and finishing with finesse as he put a strike out of the reach of Reina's despairing dive.
Dirk Kuyt sent a powerful strike into the side-netting and Luis Suarez had a dubious shout for a penalty after a James Tomkins tackle as Liverpool responded, although the 3-5-2 formation which has helped improve their form under Dalglish was having little impact.
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And, after former Upton Park favourite Joe Cole came on for the visitors when wing-back Martin Kelly was forced off with a hamstring injury, the Hammers extended their lead.
Ba beat Danny Wilson, making his Liverpool debut in the Premier League, to a long goal-kick and, after glancing the ball to Gary O'Neil, ran into the area to head home his team-mate's clipped cross on the stroke of half-time.
The home side's keeper Robert Green was a virtual spectator until the hour mark.
A Steven Gerrard ball around the corner released the previously anonymous Reds striker Suarez and his shot across goal was brilliantly palmed wide by Green.
A 3-0 win would have taken West Ham above Wolves and out of the bottom three, and Frederic Piquionne should have put that within reach but glanced a Mark Noble corner wide.
The miss might have proved crucial after Suarez produced some skilful play before firing a low cross from which Johnson tapped in to set up an anxious finale for the home side.
But substitute Cole shrugged off Martin Skrtel in injury time and raced through to drive in a left-foot shot which beat Reina at his near post and eased the nerves of Hammers fans.
90:00+3:23 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+2:48 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
90:00+2:01 Effort from close in by Luis Suarez goes wide left of the target.
90:00+1:31 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
90:00+0:18 Jonathan Spector provided the assist for the goal.
90:00+0:18 GOAL - Carlton Cole:West Ham 3 - 1 Liverpool Carlton Cole scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 3-1 Liverpool.
90:00+0:06 Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
89:33 Mark Noble takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
88:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Danny Wilson. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
87:44 Luis Suarez fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard.
87:44 Substitution Carlton Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Demba Ba.
85:57 David Ngog has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
83:38 Luis Suarez provided the assist for the goal.
83:38 GOAL - Glen Johnson:West Ham 2 - 1 Liverpool Glen Johnson grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 2-1 Liverpool.
81:13 Substitution Jonathan Spector is brought on as a substitute for Frederic Piquionne.
80:30 Short corner worked by Dirk Kuyt.
77:14 Gary O'Neil challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Suarez crosses the ball in from the free kick,
Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Robert Green takes the free kick.
75:24 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
74:42 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
71:13 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Joe Cole decides to take a short corner.
67:52 Glen Johnson fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
66:59 Thomas Hitzlsperger has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
65:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to
the right of the target.
64:42 Shot from just outside the area by Lars Jacobsen goes over the bar.
63:09 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leiva Lucas, clearance made by James Tomkins.
62:31 Corner taken by Mark Noble, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
62:16 Gary O'Neil takes a shot from 18 yards. Jamie Carragher gets a block in.
61:19 Corner taken by Luis Suarez, save by Robert Green.
60:57 Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the right by-line, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.
60:37 Shot by Luis Suarez. Robert Green makes a brilliant save.
60:11 Mark Noble challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
59:20 Effort on goal by Thomas Hitzlsperger from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
57:21 Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Hitzlsperger. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
54:12 Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
54:03 Thomas Hitzlsperger has an effort at goal. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
53:01 Corner taken short by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
52:12 Demba Ba produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
48:17 Substitution David Ngog joins the action as a substitute, replacing Raul Meireles.
48:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Demba Ba. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
47:13 Inswinging corner taken by Luis Suarez from the left by-line played to the near post, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+2:07 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+1:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Demba Ba. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
44:44 The assist for the goal came from Gary O'Neil.
44:44 GOAL - Demba Ba:West Ham 2 - 0 Liverpool Demba Ba grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. West Ham 2-0 Liverpool.
42:31 Substitution Martin Kelly leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Cole.
40:48 Effort from 20 yards by Frederic Piquionne. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
39:23 Thomas Hitzlsperger fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mark
38:58 Shot by Martin Kelly. Save by Robert Green.
36:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary O'Neil on Danny Wilson. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
36:00 A cross is delivered by Lars Jacobsen, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
35:04 Frederic Piquionne is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
34:21 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
29:26 Luis Suarez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
29:00 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
25:15 Frederic Piquionne produces a cross.
23:57 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Dirk Kuyt misses to the left of the target.
23:19 Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Jose Reina.
22:38 Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
21:02 Thomas Hitzlsperger provided the assist for the goal.
21:02 GOAL - Scott Parker:West Ham 1 - 0 Liverpool Goal scored by Scott Parker from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Liverpool.
20:09 Effort from 25 yards by Thomas Hitzlsperger. Save by Jose Reina.
Correction - 17:47 James Tomkins fouled by Luis Suarez, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
17:47 Luis Suarez challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lars Jacobsen takes the direct free kick.
16:10 Foul by Thomas Hitzlsperger on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
13:05 Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Glen Johnson takes a shot. Clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
12:57 Martin Kelly produces a cross, clearance made by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
11:55 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
11:00 Shot by Raul Meireles. Save by Robert Green.
6:11 Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
6:11 Booking Martin Skrtel receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
6:05 Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne.
5:05 Foul by Scott Parker on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
4:15 Headed effort from inside the box by Raul Meireles misses to the right of the target.
3:54 Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
2:59 Thomas Hitzlsperger produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save made by Jose Reina.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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