Liverpool 1 – 0 West Ham – Match Report
In a game where West Ham were so impressive, Liverpool needed moments of great defensive play in order to secure the three points. Michail Antonio was a constant threat, with his powerful display really disrupting the reds centre backs. West Ham were able to defend more than diligently, and broke with brilliant intent. The Hammers performance again points to a great system under David Moyes, and West Ham would be worthy of a Champions League spot this season.
Mohamed Salah had a glorious early chance to score, only for Fabianski to make a good stop. Domination and shots point to a good reds display, and though control was generally apparent, West Ham were bullish in their counters. Luis Diaz was a joy to watch at times, and his ability to travel at pace was a danger that should have seen more profit. The reds were often lacking in creativity, something apparent when Thiago is missing.
Sadio Mane continued his switch to the central attacking role, and scored a well taken goal, after a cutting through ball by Alexander-Arnold. The reds should have gone on from there, but were unable to hit the target consistently, and were made to work for the win. Virgil was not his imperious best, and the midfield area was probably the best area for Liverpool, certainly as a unit. The reds fullbacks were the best defensive assets at Anfield, with Robertson especially needed on two occasions to nullify clear cut chances.
Liverpool were ruffled, and it should be applauded the way they were able to hold out, especially against such an impressive side. West Ham took the game to the reds, and without Declan Rice, should be proud of the fight they showed. Liverpool continue their impressive winning run, and will be happy to have heard the full time whistle.
Tuesday is now the focus for the reds, and another strong defensive display will be needed against Inter. With a season unraveling nicely for Jurgen Klopp, he will certainly need Thiago Alcantara back as soon as possible, in order to control games that are close. A win is what matters, and the manager will surely be pressing the fact, that Liverpool could have easily dropped points here.
With Brighton to come after Inter, they will be happy to see the backs of West Ham this season, a team where the manager should once again be a front runner for manager of the year.