West Ham United v Liverpool – Player Ratings

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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? *

 

*They were

 

West Ham

 

Hart 5

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.

 

Reid 5

Not an easy game as Salah, the Ox and Mane took turns to run at him.

 

Kouyate 5 

Short of pace to stop Liverpool breaking, left Hart exposed and didn’t get across quickly enough for Salah’s second.

 

Ogbonna 5 

Ditto for Ogbanna, many teams will struggle to deal with Liverpool’s pace but they didn’t help themselves.

 

Fernandes 4 

Off the pace, hooked at half time.

 

Obiang 5

Couldn’t deal with Can and the rest of Liverpool’s midfield.

 

Noble 4

Booked for diving, not sharp enough for Liverpool’s second goal and subbed. A bad day at the office for the Hammers captain.

 

Cresswell 5

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.

 

Ayew 5

OK going forward, no help going back, as Liverpool broke down the wings at will.

 

 

Lanzini 7.5

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.

 

Chicharito 7

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.

 

Substitutes:

 

Sakho N/A

 

Arnautovic 5.5

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.

 

Carroll 6

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.

 

Liverpool

 

 

Mignolet 7

Couldn’t do much about Lanzini’s excellent finish but was quickly out to close him down moments later and did well overall.

 

Gomez 6

Looked totally lost for Lanzini’s goal and let him in again moments later. West Ham started to target him after that.

 

Matip 7 

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.

 

Klavan 7

Like his partner in the middle had a lot to deal with when the game was still in the balance, coped perfectly.

 

Moreno 6

Allowed a number of dangerous balls in to the box that West Ham probably should have done more with. Better teams will.

 

Wijnaldum 7 

Handy day at the office for the Dutchman.

 

Can 7 

Full of running, did the dirty stuff when required and one late surging run really impressed.

 

Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

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.

 

Salah 9

Took his first goal well, always looked dangerous and his second, Liverpool’s fourth, was  finished superbly.

 

Mane 8

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.

 

Firmino 7

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.

 

Substitutes:

 

Lovren N/A

 

Milner 6

Came on to shore things up towards the end of the game and could and perhaps should have made it five.

 

Solanke N/A

 


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