West Ham 3-2 Liverpool: Player ratings
Liverpool traveled to the London Stadium tonight, hoping to close the gap with Chelsea’s top single point players.
The reigning European champions shot at Burnley on Saturday, opening the door for second-placed Liverpool to close the gap.
Jurgen Klopp and Co were also hoping to break the club’s record of 25 games unbeaten in all competitions, going undefeated for the 26th game in a row today.
Team news featured just one change, with Andrew Robertson returning to the starting lineup.
18-year-old Tyler Morton has been appointed to the bench again, with Thiago Alcantara slowly returning to the squad after 6 weeks of injury.
BRIEF REVIEW OF THE MATCH
On a night that could have been memorable, Liverpool were a shambles, looking like midweek shadows of themselves.
West Ham led early, with an own goal against Alisson, and visibly rocked their Merseyside opponents.
Liverpool equalized shortly before half-time after a nice free kick.
Half time came and went, and Liverpool got somehow worse and fell behind again after 2 goals in under 10 minutes, allowing West Ham to win 2 goals.
Origi scored a brilliant consolation goal in the 82nd minute, the last good moment of the game for Liverpool.
It was Liverpool’s first loss in almost 7 months and dragged them from second to fourth in the table.
Here are the player ratings!
ALISSON BECKER 4.5
What was he doing for the first and third goals? Fully stopable. He was obviously not going on his game switch tonight.
TRENT ALEXANDRE-ARNOLD 4.5
Nice goal and a decisive pass. This is all good, but his defense today? Ligue 2 level.
JOEL MATIP 5
The defense collapsed after West Ham’s second goal, and he was part of a defender who was providing van Dijk with absolutely no help.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK 7.5
Liverpool’s best player tonight which probably wasn’t hard to compete with. Prevents an uglier score today.
ANDREW ROBERTSON 3.5
Andy Robertson probably hasn’t been in worse shape since his Hull City days. Questions will be asked of Klopp who still plays Robertson even though substitute Kostas Tsimikas is in better shape.
FABINHO TAVARES 5
Probably the best of the group in a very unstable midfield.
JORDAN HENDERSON 4
One of those crazy first balls and Liverpool fans would probably tear their eyes out. In a game where stability was desperately needed in the middle of the park, the Liverpool captain was trying to perform movies and other skills
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN 4
Other than these occasional runs, was it even visible? Did he play at all?
SADIO MANÉ 4
This goaltender missed in added time lowered her score. An absolute stench if there was one.
DIOGO JOTA 4.5
The last game was his best game for Liverpool, and this game was one of the worst. When he’s good he’s brilliant, when he’s bad his team is better off without him on the pitch.
MOHAMED SALAH 4.5
He won the free kick for the equalizer, but couldn’t do anything from that point on. What are these half-dribbles in the box for when the ball ends up at the feet of a West Ham player?
THIAGO ALCANTARA 5.5
Brought minimal stability but that’s it.
TAKUMI MINAMINO N / A
DIVOCK ORIGI N / A
Magnificent goal, but not enough minutes to score.