To gain momentum after beating Manchester City on Sunday (16 October), Liverpool welcomed West Ham United to the city for their Premier League clash on Wednesday (19 October).
The Merseysiders weren’t always in control of the game but managed to pull off a nice 1-0 win in front of their fans at Anfield. Summer signing Darwin Nunez scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
The win lifted the Merseysiders to seventh place in the Premier League. With 16 points from 10 games, Liverpool are four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
The Reds looked more comfortable than West Ham early in the game but had to wait until 14 minutes to get their first shot on goal. Nunez caught the ball with the half-volley from outside the box to hurl it at Lukasz Fabianski’s goal. The Polish goalkeeper made a crucial save to deny Nunez his first Anfield goal since joining from Benfica.
Eight minutes later, Nunez came back, only this time his attempt broke through Fabianski’s resistance. Kostas Tsimikas rolled in a fine cross from the left and Nunez attacked it on purpose, deflecting his header past the unfortunate Fabianski. A minute later, Nunez had an opportunity to double his tally, but headed straight into the Pole’s throat.
In the 38th minute, Mohamed Salah hit the target with a flick. However, his performance was rather tame and was easily caught by Fabianski. The Hammers were awarded a penalty just before half-time, thanks to Joe Gomez’s foul on Jarrod Bowen. Bowen stepped forward to take the kick but failed to convert as his attempt was comprehensively parried by Alisson.
Liverpool and West Ham traded blows in the second half but both sides lacked composure in front of goal. With four minutes left, Tomas Soucek looked set to equalize for West Ham but James Milner’s exceptional last-minute block secured maximum points for the hosts.
Here are three players who impressed and two who missed the target in Liverpool’s win over West Ham on Wednesday night:
Performed: Jordan Henderson
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson put in a commendable performance against West Ham United on Wednesday. The Englishman worked tirelessly throughout the game, carrying the ball wide into the opponent’s half, changing play with his long balls and even getting into the goal.
In the 48th minute, Henderson played a small one-two with Salah before heading in with a choppy effort from outside the box. Fabianski confidently tipped the ball over the crossbar to thwart the Reds’ captain.
On Wednesday, Henderson made two key passes, took more touches than any other player (106) and won all four of his ground duels. In addition, he delivered six precise long balls, attempted three tackles and completed a dribble.
Below average: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was well below his best against the Hammers. He misplaced passes, gave up possession fairly frequently and was easy to beat in tackles on the ground.
Against West Ham, Alexander-Arnold missed five of six crosses, saw seven of his ten long ball attempts go wide and lost his two tackles on the ground. He also lost the ball 23 times, missed 14 passes and was dribbled twice.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson didn’t have the best start to the game as he misplaced some early passes. However, the veteran Brazilian goalkeeper calmed down as the game progressed. He barely featured in the first half but brought the goods when it counted, saving a crucial penalty.
Gomez’s challenge to Bowen was initially called fair by the on-field referee, but VAR asked him to reconsider and give the visitors a penalty. Bowen’s penalty was decent but not good enough to beat Alisson, who heroically lunged to the right to thwart it. Alisson made three saves in total against West Ham, delivering seven accurate long balls and having five recoveries.
Below average: Fabinho
Fabinho came on to replace Thiago in the 58th minute and failed to show his best against West Ham. He was often slow to react, turned around far too easily and didn’t come into play.
The Brazil international completed just 16 passes (76.2% accuracy), lost three of four tackles on the ground, lost possession six times and committed one foul. He also lost the only tackle he attempted, being dribbled past twice.
Listed: Darwin Nunez
Liverpool’s marquee summer signing Darwin Nunez put in arguably his best performance yet for the Reds on Wednesday night. Aside from a brilliant header from a Tsimikas cross in the 22nd minute, Nunez hit the post once and made some impressive saves from Fabianski. Had the Uruguayan been lucky on his side, he could have walked away with a brace or better.
Nunez not only scored the winning goal, but also won two duels, pulled a foul, cleared the ball once and made 12 accurate passes (85.7% accuracy) on Wednesday.
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