Match Ratings: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool (And the final team bites the dust!)

Liverpool defeated West Ham 2-0 at the London Stadium, stretching their incredible lead to 19 points – and just require eight more victories to be crowned champions. Pretty incredible. The victory also meant that the Reds have put every team to the sword this campaign, with the Hammers the last team to attempt (and failed) halting Jurgen Klopp’s relentless team.

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Alisson Becker: 9/10

Another superb performance by the Brazilian, who was kept a little busier than he might have expected. He made a string of important saves, including a couple of incredible stops – one a brilliant stretch to keep put Declan Rice’s looping header and the other a strong hand to deny Robert Snodgrass.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7/10

Alexander-Arnold put in another solid performance to win yet another clean sheet, the tenth this season in the league. The Englishman showed off his crossing abilities once again (according to James Milner, who else), this time in a rather unorthodox fashion by smashing the ball against his own upright to pass to Virgil van Dijk.


Andy Robertson: 8/10

Had an effort clear off the line, Robertson enjoyed a fine game after a tough battle against Adama Traore in the previous game. The Scot was busy as always, bombing forward and supporting the attack on the left without the mercurial Sadio Mane.

Joe Gomez: 8/10

Just how good is he? Strong in the air, really quick, good reading of the game and able to bring the ball out from the back, Gomez possesses the attributes to succeed at the highest level and he showed them all today.


Virgil van Dijk: 9/10

Assured as usual, the Dutchman glided throughout the game and never had to step up to second gear. He kept Sebastian Haller quiet throughout, which is not an easy task, and the defending masterclass against Snodgrass where he ushered the Scot away from the danger area just showcased his class – a lesson for all young defenders.


Gini Wijnaldum: 7/10

Gave the ball away once in really uncharacteristic fashion, forcing Alisson into a superb save. But the Dutchman was effective as usual, keeping things ticking with neat touches and showing just why he is such an important piece in Klopp’s plans. Sign the contract already!


Jordan Henderson: 8/10

Played in the number 6 role, advanced midfield role and then filled up at right-back, Henderson put in yet another captain’s performance. His footballing qualities and smarts allow him to be the versatile player he is today, putting in a shift that helped the Reds to another three points.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 8/10

The Ox carried on his fine form with a fine goal against the Hammers, expertly dispatching the ball into the back of the net after showing tremendous strength to hold off a last ditch tackle. With the absence of Fabinho and Naby Keita in the past weeks, the Englishman has stepped up in timely fashion.


Divock Origi: 6/10

The Belgian was handed another opportunity to stake a claim for the first team, but was kept mostly quiet. The Kop’s cult-hero did win the penalty to break the deadlock though, contributing once again in a routine victory.


Roberto Firmino: 8/10

“No goals, but yet another incredible performance from the Brazilian striker” will be the standard template to describe Firmino’s performances, with his playing style so effective but yet not one to grab the headlines. Displayed excellent link-up play once again, something everyone has become accustomed to.


Mo Salah: 9/10

The Egyptian King was zipping around the pitch for 90 minutes, proving to be a constant menace for the Hammers’ backline. Salah once again had flicks and back-heels which did not quite come off, but scored the crucial opener with a well-taken penalty, before setting up the Ox’s goal with a clever outside of the boot pass (which in all honesty, could have been executed a little better). A goal and an assist with a subtle dose of frustration; a typical excellent performance we would come to expect from the number 11.


Substitutions


Fabinho: 6/10

Still easing his way back into full match fitness, the minutes clocked will be beneficial to the Brazilian and the team. Gave the ball away to Declan Rice on one occasion which led to a golden chance for the Hammers, but he surely displayed less rustiness as the minutes ticked by.


Naby Keita: 6/10

Just like the Brazilian, it was much needed minutes for Keita, who will surely be a boost for the Reds especially as the Champions League games come around.


Curtis Jones: 6/10

The Englishman celebrated his birthday in the best way possible, featuring in a cameo after displaying some truly impressive performances in the FA Cup. Klopp clearly has faith in the boy, and as he turns 19 today, there is surely only one way for the teenager – and that’s up.


Man of the Match: Salah – a typical performance from the Egyptian King, with Alisson's key saves perhaps giving him a run for the money.