Molby On The Spot: The Sour Grapes Gang & Slim Victories

Molby On The Spot: The Sour Grapes Gang & Slim Victories

Compared to the previous week - with victories over Leeds and Chelsea - this was a more cerebral affair, especially in terms of goals scored and how eventful the matches were; however, in the context of the season, the victory over West Ham might turn out to be more important. On Jan Molby's Anfield Index show there was plenty of topics to discuss, including: using the whole squad, while balancing the need to keep them all happy, and how that …
Post-Match RAW: Nervy Win Over Impressive West Ham

Post-Match RAW: Nervy Win Over Impressive West Ham

David Moyes taken a lot of criticism from Liverpool fans over the years - most of it absolutely justified because of his absurdly bad record against the Reds. That has started to change though, and once again, probably with valid reasons because he has done an excellent job at West Ham since returning as manager. And, on Saturday evening, his team once again caused Klopp's Liverpool a number of problems, thankfully, they managed to solve them and finish with the …
Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Man of the Match

Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Man of the Match

Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Man of the Match Andy Robertson The Scot was on hand to nullify two glorious opportunities for West Ham, with Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio shots blocked at close range. In a performance where his crossing was probably not at its best, Robbo’s defensive display and energy on the flank was to be admired. In a game that became very tight and anxious, the West Ham breaks were a troublesome reality, that really …
Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Match Report

Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Match Report

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 …
Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

The dust has now settled on Liverpool’s triumphant League Cup final, and other competitions now come to the fore. With a pretty much full strength line up employed for the Chelsea match, there is an FA Cup game against Norwich on Wednesday to contend with. West Ham are welcomed to Anfield on Saturday, with both these games being played out at home. The full strength nature of last Sunday will now inevitably be replaced by mass rotation. The jittering nature …
Liverpool's battle to save their season starts now

Liverpool's battle to save their season starts now

So, a trophy-less season it is then. Liverpool's Champions League dream ended in all-too-predictable fashion on Wednesday night, with poor finishing yet again proving fatal against Real Madrid. While much of the focus has understandably been on the Reds' centre-back woes, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all absent, their struggles in the final third have been just as problematic. It is hard to be too critical of Mo Salah during a season in which he has …
Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium buoyed by a brilliant performance against Spurs. However, David Moyes' West Ham side have proven this season they can vie with the best, and hope to challenge for European qualification at the end of the season. West Ham lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Michail Antonio led the line, supported primarily by Said Benrahma who would help create a front two when out of possession. Jarrod Bowen also contributed offensively, moving up in the …
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

With Roberto Firmino rested and Sadio Mane the latest addition to the injury list, it looked as if Liverpool were going to need to win ugly at the London Stadium. A drab first-half seemed to confirm those pre-match convictions. But in the end, the win wasn't ugly; it was beautiful. Either side of a contender for Liverpool's goal of the season, Mohamed Salah curled home unerringly and Georginio Wijnaldum finished off an incisive one-touch move. Craig Dawson would deny the …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Can Liverpool make it six points from six in London this week?

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Can Liverpool make it six points from six in London this week?

THE DETAILS Venue – London Stadium, London Referee – Jonathan Moss Date & Time – Sunday, January 31st @ 16:30 Current Odds – West Ham 10/3, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 3/4 ________________________________________________________ That was more like it at Spurs, wasn't it? Jürgen Klopp's Mighty Redmen on the march again with another makeshift central defensive partnership. Trent was back though, as was Bobby. I know they never left but, at times, it seems like they were never really here either. Until Spurs on …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

With minimal rest between games and an extremely unfortunate recent injury record, Liverpool are battling, hard, each week. Late on Saturday evening, West Ham United went to Anfield without their in-form striker Michail Antonio, but still with a clear, disruptive game plan in mind. David Moyes' West Ham were structured in a 5-4-1 system, with a deep low block designed for defenders to double up on Mo Salah and Sadio Mané, and minimise the spaces between defenders for those players …
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