Player Ratings: West Ham vs Liverpool

An impressive 3-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium saw Liverpool fully capitalised on a weekend which saw the teams around them dropping precious points.


The Reds also scored three of the most memorable goals you will see in a long time: one an incredible solo effort, the second a breathtaking counter-attack and the third a beautiful team goal.


Liverpool celebrating a goal against West Ham
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Jurgen Klopp's side is looking closer and closer back to their very best — perhaps just in time for the Manchester City clash looming on the horizon, where stakes will be at an all-time high.


Player Ratings below, who was your man-of-the-match?



Alisson Becker: 7/10


The Brazilian had little to do throughout the game and could not do anything to stop the goal. Played his usual sweeper-keeper role excellently once again, sensing and snuffing out danger expertly on several occasions.


Andy Robertson: 8/10


Robertson's attacking influence was perhaps a little more subdued today, with his usual link-up play with Sadio Mane missing due to the Sengalese's injury. The Scot defended well the entire match, successfully keeping the Hammers at bay for the most parts.


Jordan Henderson: 8/10


Another captain performance by Henderson as he was once again a makeshift centre-half. A true leader; he defended admirably and you can hear him constantly barking out instructions to his teammates.


In case you missed it: Take a look back at the second goal, and notice who was the one busting his gut to reach to the other end of the pitch.


Nat Phillips: 9/10


Nat Phillips in the rain against West Ham
Image Source: LFC Transfer Room

An absolutely commanding performance from the 23-year-old centre-back, who kept the dangerous Michal Antonio quiet throughout the match. Won practically everything in the air, Phillips might be the sole reason that Klopp is not panicking in the transfer window just yet.


A man-of-the-match performance.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8/10


Followed up his goal against Tottenham Hotspur with another good performance. Alexander-Arnold looks to be finding his feet again, and was instrumental in the second goal after hitting a pinpoint diagonal ball in a lightning-quick counterattack.



Gini Wijnaldum: 8/10


Firmino and Wijnaldum celebrating a goal against West Ham
Image Source: This is Anfield

Scored the third goal of the night; a simple tap-in after some lovely buildup play and was a key part of today's victory. Looked sharp and played his part as the Reds dominated the midfield battle.

It is incredible the number of games the Dutch midfielder has been involved in this season, and the consistency he displays is surely something Klopp values.


Thiago Alcantara: 8/10


Thiago taking a shot against West Ham
Image Source: Planet Football

Sat alongside Wijnaldum in the midfield and dictated the play from start to finish. The Spaniard's influence on the team is growing with each passing game as he adjusts to the new playing style, showing exactly why he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the game.


Some of his passes were almost unfathomable, with his vision and technique second to none.


James Milner: 7/10


The 35-year-old put in yet another good shift, keeping the ball well and moving things nicely for the Reds in the hour he was involved.


However, the best moment came when he was not on the pitch — his celebration with Klopp after an initial apparent disagreement highlighted the mutual respect the pair shared.


Xherdan Shaqiri: 8/10


Played a huge role in tonight's victory as he delivered a sumptuous ball for Mo Salah to score the second goal. The Swiss had another good game as he provided that extra bit of creativity in the final third, and is looking increasingly likely to force his way into the first team.


Divock Origi: 7/10


The big Belgian had a fairly good game, often utilising his physical attributes to keep possession of the ball in the final third. The frontline struggled a little in the first half though, as they huffed and puffed but could not find the breakthrough.


Mo Salah: 9/10


Mo Salah curling in a beauty against West Ham
Image Source: This is Anfield

Another contender for man-of-the-match is the Egyptian King, who took his tally to an incredible 15 league goals this season.


His brace showed off all his best attributes: trickery and close control for the opening goal, raw pace and instinctive finishing for the second. Brilliant performance.



Substitutes


Curtis Jones: 7/10


The young midfielder came in for Milner and instantly made an impact, providing an assist for Salah's opening goal.


Roberto Firmino: 8/10


Showed exactly why he is such a valuable member of the team, coming on and making a real influence on the game. The Brazilian's involvement in the exquisite teamwork was something quite remarkable too.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10


It was an excellent cameo for the Ox, who was surely one of the many positives tonight. Kept the ball moving excellently when he was brought on for the final ten minutes, and had a lovely flick which led to the third goal.


 

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