West Ham United 1 Liverpool 3
Sunday, 31st January 2021
by Chris Wilkerson
West Ham were given the starkest reality check by Liverpool this Sunday, a 3-1 defeat in which they barely laid a glove on their opponents.
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Player RatingsLukasz Fabianski
Not protected well enough on any of the goals and could not really do much about them.
Stood up to the challenge better than most of his teammates. Steady, strong and still tried to get forward.
If he hadn?EUR(TM)t got an assist with a good corner, he would have the lowest rating here. A touch harsh, he was the man who had to mark Salah most of the game and did stand up to him well on a few occasions. But he can take a big portion of the blame for two of the goals.
Out of character performance. Didn?EUR(TM)t impose himself, couldn?EUR(TM)t disturb how Liverpool played and looked mesmerised by the movement of their attackers.
There were moments when his lack of pace and his limitations were exposed. But he also made a couple of very good and powerful challenges that the side had not put in, whilst he took his goal well.
His passing range was all over the place, and it could be argued he set the tone with consistently rushed and poor passing.
Didn?EUR(TM)t influence the game at all. Not entirely his fault, the team was so anxious on the ball that there was no time for him to do his defensive work and get up and support attacks. But he couldn?EUR(TM)t handle Liverpool?EUR(TM)s passing either, and they played around him.
A non-entity, in an attacking sense. His energy levels have dropped and his threat has dropped too, whilst getting through so much defensive work as a priority that he has nothing spare to offer in attack. Some say Lingard is an unnecessary addition, but neither he nor Fornals had suitable replacements who could do what they are tasked to do. Lingard can.
Much the same as Bowen, really. One good moment in the first half that got Cresswell in behind, but attacks were rarely built, just rushed. Cresswell barely overlapped and Fornals was there for his running, just like Bowen.
Pressed with more energy than any of the midfield or forward players. There was a spark to him that no one else had, and whilst Bowen (63% pass accuracy), Fornals (60%) and Antonio (43%) were poor on the ball, he retained it much better and wanted to get on it and try make things happen. They didn?EUR(TM)t, but he showed a far better attitude than anyone else.
It?EUR(TM)s a bit worrying that our only striker looked so poor as we are pinning our hopes on him. His passing was atrocious, and at times he did not look up to Premier League standard. He did well to engineer the chance in the second half that went wide, and it was a tough chance, but he was poor and offered little more than Haller did at Anfield.
(replaced Fornals, 62) He isn?EUR(TM)t a striker and that was clear. Even when he was the lone man up top, he just played on the wing. Not the solution to our back up problem.
(Replaced Antonio, 79) Just for being able to look up and select the right pass, as well as coming on and making some tackles in their midfield, he is close to West Ham?EUR(TM)s man of the match.
(Replaced Bowen, 79) Fredericks is a right winger now? Doesn?EUR(TM)t look like it, but that?EUR(TM)s two games he?EUR(TM)s been brought on there.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play. Other unused subs: Manuel Lanzini, Ademipo Odubeko.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Michail Antonio.
Goals: Craig Dawson 87 .
Booked: Declan Rice 47 Tomas Soucek 49 .
Sent off: None.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner (Jones 56), Shaqiri (Firmino 69), Salah, Origi (Oxlade-Chamberlain 80).
Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, Tsimikas, R.Williams, N.Williams, Minamino.
Goals: Salah (57, 68), Wijnaldum (84).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Man of the Match: Craig Dawson.