Liverpool took themselves another step closer to Champions League football with a massive 4-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium. Jack Hallows was so delighted with the result he finally caved and did it. He finally gave a player a 10/10! Read on to find out who!
Simon Mignolet: 7 – Made one or two smart stops in the first period and dealt with practically everything in his box that he was asked to. Most importantly, another away day, another clean sheet for the Belgian.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7.5 – Provided an outlet during a tight first half down the right-hand side and always looked to offer himself as a positive option for a forward pass. Defensively was largely untroubled aside from being beaten by Cresswell once early on and offensively used the ball well.
Jōel Matip: 8 – Solid as it gets at the back as he dealt with everything that he had to, breaking down the few attacks West Ham managed and getting his head on every high ball that came in his direction. Was incredibly unlucky not to score when he fired a bouncing header onto the crossbar in the first quarter of an hour.
Dejan Lovren: 7 – Had one brain fart just on the stroke of half-time when he let a corner practically bounce off him and ignored the rebound which Andre Ayew touched onto the post… twice. Was relatively solid otherwise as he and Matip ensured Mignolet had very little to do.
James Milner: 7 – Gets an extra mark for the clean sheet but it was a relatively disappointing afternoon for Milner who was one of the Reds poorer players over the 90 minutes. Didn’t use the ball particularly well and was often sloppy in possession but you can’t fault his effort levels and his ability to just pick himself up and carry on.
Emre Can: 8 – Solid on the back foot, smart when going forward and mature in possession. This was a good 90 minutes to see from the German who turned out an impressive showing in his supposedly preferred number 6 role. Not much to say other than a job well done.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7 – The game seemed to pass him by for the most part but he still ended the match with 2 assists. Rattled the bar with a ludicrous volley from distance, highlighting the confidence in the Reds ranks during that second period and while he struggled to be involved in the first half, he certainly grew into the match and contributed far more across the final 35-40 minutes.
Philippe Coutinho: 10 – Perfect. An absolute exhibition in midfield play from the Brazilian who scored two fantastic goals and notched up one of the best assists I’ve seen all season. Klopp said in his presser leading into this game that Coutinho would suit a role as one of the number 8s in his system and he did nothing but prove his manager to be every bit right. What a wonderful footballer.
Adam Lallana: 7.5 – Worked hard, tackled hard and got stuck in during his first start since returning from injury. Was unlucky not to get on the score sheet when he sent a sweetly-struck volley goal-bound only to see it denied by Adrian’s outstretched, desperate foot. Knitted play together well behind the two strikers and dovetailed beautifully with Coutinho.
Divock Origi: 7 – Got on the score sheet with a reflex, tap-in finish during the second period and tested Adrian with a couple of blistering long-range efforts. Overall it was a fairly disappointing afternoon from the Belgian but there was enough there – especially in the second half – to feel positive about.
Daniel Sturridge: 9 – His first start in as long as I can remember by this point and boy did he make it count. What a fantastic goal. When he’s in the mood there aren’t many strikers in the league whose movement, intelligence and quickness of both thought and feet can rival Sturridge and he more than proved it at the London Stadium.
Lucas Leiva: N/A – Brought on to shut things down in midfield.
Ben Woodburn: N/A – Got a run out at the end.
Marko Grujic: N/A – Will be hoping for some more meaningful minutes next season.
Jürgen Klopp: 9 – Took a risk in playing the 4-4-2 diamond instead of his favoured 4-3-3 and it paid off big time. The pairing of Sturridge and Origi allowed the likes of Lallana, Coutinho and Wijnaldum to dovetail and move undetected by the West Ham back four, wreaking havoc every time they got on the ball. Good management from Klopp to play positive football and get as many attacking players on the field as possible.