It was easy in the end for Liverpool as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Ham but were the Reds good for the win and were the Hammers really that bad? *
Horribly exposed for three of the goals and couldn’t do anything about the fourth, not to blame but there’s no glory in conceding four.
Not an easy game as Salah, the Ox and Mane took turns to run at him.
Short of pace to stop Liverpool breaking, left Hart exposed and didn’t get across quickly enough for Salah’s second.
Ditto for Ogbanna, many teams will struggle to deal with Liverpool’s pace but they didn’t help themselves.
Off the pace, hooked at half time.
Couldn’t deal with Can and the rest of Liverpool’s midfield.
Booked for diving, not sharp enough for Liverpool’s second goal and subbed. A bad day at the office for the Hammers captain.
Did alright, moved the ball nicely at times but like the rest of his teammates, was over-run whenever Liverpool decided to move through the gears and did little to help his defence.
OK going forward, no help going back, as Liverpool broke down the wings at will.
Was busy and dangerous throughout, took his goal brilliantly and might have had a second a few minutes later. Booted the ball away in frustration towards the end and was booked.
Worked hard and put himself about a lot, often had to come deep to collect the ball though, not what you want from a player of his predatory qualities.
Put one decent ball in for Hernandez as he came on when West Ham pushed to get back in the game, was redundant once Liverpool scored four.
Put himself about as you might expect and played Lanzini in very well but perhaps should have done better against a defence as unsure under crosses as Liverpool are.
Couldn’t do much about Lanzini’s excellent finish but was quickly out to close him down moments later and did well overall.
Looked totally lost for Lanzini’s goal and let him in again moments later. West Ham started to target him after that.
Had a variety of problems to contend with as West Ham threw the kitchen sink at it. Was on hand to score the second and finished it well.
Like his partner in the middle had a lot to deal with when the game was still in the balance, coped perfectly.
Allowed a number of dangerous balls in to the box that West Ham probably should have done more with. Better teams will.
Handy day at the office for the Dutchman.
Full of running, did the dirty stuff when required and one late surging run really impressed.
Forced home his goal at the second attempt, worked hard as he looked to impress Klopp on his first Premier League start for the club.
Took his first goal well, always looked dangerous and his second, Liverpool’s fourth, was finished superbly.
Klopp will have been pleased with his performance, looked a little rusty at times but his pace, drive and passing on the break for both of Salah’s goals was excellent.
Such a handful, should have scored to make it 4-1 when he broke though one-on-one, his turn and pass for the Ox’s goal was brilliant though.
Came on to shore things up towards the end of the game and could and perhaps should have made it five.
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