• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-2 West Ham

After a truly disappointing defeat last Tuesday night, we could've done with something a little bit easier against West Ham.


And following an early goal from Gini Wijnaldum, it looked like Liverpool were going to coast to an easy win.


But some poor defending from a corner allowed West Ham back into it and Liverpool began to look edgy and unsure of themselves. It was much like mid-week when Atletico took a very early lead.


Into the second half, and the away side went ahead, leaving Liverpool with barely 30 minutes to find two more goals, when even getting a second had looked beyond them for so long.


Leave it to our full backs to come up with the goods though, following a beauty of a ball from Andy Robertson to set up Mo Salah's rather fortunate equaliser, Trent laid it on a plate for Mane to nod home what would be the winner.


Liverpool did score a fourth, but it was ruled out for a clearly offside Mane. The Reds will feel slightly hard done by that a couple of clear handballs (one a blatant penalty) was given but should feel fortunate that they scraped through this one again.

Alisson - It's mad that he had so little to do, made a few easy 'saves' but could have really done better for West Ham's first goal. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Easily Liverpool's best player. The only one likely to make something happen in the first half, but stepped up again in the last half an hour, setting up the winning goal, as well as the opener. 8 Man of the Match

Virgil Van Dijk - Not one of his better days. Didn't actually do a lot wrong, but the defensive was - collectively - pretty poor. 6

Joe Gomez - Struggled at times with Antonio, and he and Trent where the target of a lot of his work. Will be needing better from he and VVD on Saturday night. 6

Andy Robertson - Saw plenty of the ball and was a big outlet in the first half but his delivery was lacking at times. Set up the equaliser, with a lovely spotted ball slid in to Mo Salah. 7

Fabinho - Played well. Well enough, at least. But the midfield was a bit too static. He actually looked one of the more likely to make something happen from deep. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Scored the opener, and was often making darting runs forward but the delivery/ball in was just lacking at times from his team mates. Did well in the 'Henderson' role that he'll have to perform for a few more weeks. 7


Naby Keita - Came off with just under 30 minutes to go. Seemed a strange decision, as the midfield itself was functioning OK, as was Keita, as part of that. But it may have been precautionary, considering his injury record since he arrived 2 years ago. 7

Sadio Mane - You won't see Sadio Mane scoring a goal and still getting a poor rating but, as part of a poorly performing front 3, it's really all he deserves. His winning goal was on a plate for him from Trent. 6

Mo Salah - A thoroughly frustrating day for Salah, who got a fortunate equaliser but maybe shouldn't have been on the pitch after stinking Anfield out for 60-odd minutes prior to that. Continues to infuriate and amaze in equal measures. His greediness and sloppiness drew groans from the home crowd, often. 6


Roberto Firmino - You'll always get the work from Bobby but his finishing and passing was awry all night tonight. Had a couple of headed chances that he should've buried. 6

Subs:


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin - What hadn't quite worked in the week, actually paid off very well tonight, as the Ox's driving runs and added energy drove the Reds forward late on tonight. 7


Joel Matip - Came on to shore things up. Did that. Just about. NA



 
 

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