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Outstanding debut: Liverpool player ratings v West Ham

Liverpool made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League to temporarily move top of the league following a 2-1 victory against West Ham. The English champions go three points clear at the top of the table as they equal the club record of 63 home league games unbeaten set back in 1981. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds made hard work of it, only showing their brilliance in flashes. At the end of the day, the three points is all that matters. Here are our Liverpool player ratings v West Ham.

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Alisson – 6 

Barely touched the ball and was beaten at his near post for West Ham’s opener.

Alexander-Arnold – 7

One of Liverpool’s better outlets going forward. Always looked to get on the ball.

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Phillips – 8

Settled into the game with a towering header and was tidy enough in possession. Won everything in the air. Outstanding debut.

Gomez – 6

An accomplished first-half performance was overshadowed after being punished following a misdirected header that fell straight to Fornals.

Robertson – 7

Diligent at both ends of the field and wasn’t helped by Mane failing to release him on the overlap. Made a crucial tackle to prevent a Hammers opportunity from unfolding.

Henderson – 7

Set the tempo in possession and looked to speed things up by constantly getting his team on the front foot.

Wijnaldum – 6

Constantly working to retrieve back possession for his team but was largely ineffective when on the ball.

Jones – 6

Eager to get on the ball and make things happen but failed to plug between the gaps to create openings for his team.

Mane – 6

Really slow to begin with and gave the ball away far too easily. Grew into proceedings as the game progressed.

Salah – 7

By far Liverpool’s most dangerous player in the first-half and was a menace for West Ham defenders to deal with. The Egyptian won and converted the penalty in emphatic fashion.

Firmino – 5

Struggled to oppose any kind of threat and looked worryingly isolated.

Substitutes

Diogo Jota (on for Firmino, min 70) – 8

An incredible signing. What an impact the Portugal international is making for Liverpool. Had a goal disallowed with just over 10 minutes left to play then responded by smashing home the winner moments later.

Xherdan Shaqiri (on for Jones, min 70) – 7

Another impressive display from the Swiss international. Like Jota, Shaqiri injected much more creativity and fluidity to Liverpool’s attack and added more pace and urgency going forward. Set up his fellow substitute with the winner with a perfectly disguised pass.

James Milner (on for Salah, min 90) – N/A

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