Liverpool 3 – 1 West Ham – PL Player Ratings
Match Day 6 for the Reds
With the Reds’ Thursday night European venture successfully overcome, attentions were quickly returned to the Premier League. The rotation scheme was in full force in Austria (in the week), which meant further changes for this Sunday afternoon’s game at Anfield. Below is how Jürgen Klopp set up his side.
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Alisson Becker – 8.0
Was brilliant with an early low save, as the Hammers looked to take the initiative. Unfortunately, the next header that came his way was out of the giant Brazilian’s reach, as Jarrod Bowen made the half-time score 1-1. Another good performance from the world star who was able to allow his team the initial lead.
Joe Gomez – 7.0
Started the game in the wake of Trent’s continuing injury, as more of a fullback than a hybrid. Was steady and assured, as the away side threatened to counter. The first half was a tight contest where the former Charlton man did everything he was asked to, before spending the entire second half as a wide right winger, as the home side’s domination told.
Andy Robertson – 6.0
The Scottish captain looked that bit happier in a back four, with the hybrid enterprise not in Joe Gomez’s locker in the first half. Dropping a little deeper off the defensive line is a slight concern, but this was a good display from last weekend’s skipper. A good season is unfolding.
Joel Matip – 7.0
Another start for the popular Cameroonian, as he kept his Premier League place ahead of the returning Konate. Was dependable and confident in his play, as both he and Joe Gomez continue to defy the doubters. Impressive and dependable.
Virgil van Dijk – 7.0
A solid enough start for the Dutch skipper, yet should have been more assured for West Ham’s equaliser in the first half, as he lost his footing alongside Bowen. After this point, he was dominant and even chipped in with an assist for the 3rd goal. Undervalued by many for some reason, but vital to this team and maybe the world’s best defender again.
Dominik Szoboszlai – 7.0
The dynamic Hungarian was steady and workmanlike today, as others took centre stage. His energetic running and coverage of the pitch allow so much space and opportunity for others. Nailed-on starter.
Alexis Mac Allister – 7.0
A good bounce-back game for the World Cup-winning star, after last weekend’s difficulties against Wolves. One minor fault in the first half did not define the continual control he offers and the ability to offer domination to his two midfield allies. So good at times and integral to Liverpool 2.0. A great assist for Darwin.
Curtis Jones – 6.0
The Englishman is fast becoming the reliable middleman that a successful team often requires. His off-ball work and intelligence were there for all to see as he went about his work with diligence and determination.
Subbed – 77 mins
Luis Díaz – 7.0
Not his most dazzling performance, yet contributed in giving width and space for the likes of Darwin to exploit. The more games he and his attacking colleagues start will only benefit his manager.
Subbed – 81 mins
Darwin Núñez – 8.0
The Raging Bull that is maturing into a guaranteed starter for the first team elite. His hold-up play through the first half was very good and his touch and movement created the opportunity for a penalty to be awarded. With a ferocious intent to get on the end of things, a close-range misfire was soon followed by a tremendous first-time volley beyond the West Ham keeper.
🇺🇾 Darwin Núñez averaging a goal contribution every 52 minutes for Liverpool this season.
He’s on fire at the moment. Looks a different level this season, has so much newfound confidence. pic.twitter.com/rojxys6oUP
— Bence Bocsák (@BenBocsak) September 24, 2023
Subbed – 81 mins
Man of the Match Mohamed Salah – 6.0
The Egyptian King that simply loves playing West Ham, with a wonderfully dispatched penalty kick to remind the likes of Michail Antonio that the Reds have now returned to their rightful place. Brilliant this season so far.
Ryan Gravenberch – 5.0 (on 77) Now in the mix as one of the three for four midfielder positions.
Cody Gakpo – 5.0 (on 81) A steady build is required.
Diogo Jota – 7.0 (on 81) The poacher in the box achieved just that.
Wataru Endō – N/A (on 88)
The Manager: Jürgen Klopp – 8.0 So confident in his choice this year and this 2.0 of LFC is building very nicely. The starting line-up was as expected, with Ibou and Trent both held back for another day. His confidence in Darwin is now assured and he is finally seeing the fruit of his coaching labours. The changes were on point and despite a slow start (which must be figured out), the German is enjoying a brilliant renaissance.
Pre-match Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 1 West Ham