5 Liverpool talking points from a terrible performance v West Ham


5 Liverpool talking points from a terrible performance v West Ham

Liverpool put in a terrible display to lose 3-2 against West Ham United on Sunday. Here are 5 talking points from the game.

Horror moments

The worst-possible start. Angelo Ogbonna challenged Alisson on a corner and ‘did enough’ to worry the goalkeeper. Alisson ends up deflecting it into his own net.

Now, Ogbonna didn’t get the ball but did use his arm to disrupt Alisson. A foul? Arguably but we might be clutching at straws there.

But it wasn’t the only debatable moment. Aaron Cresswell looks very lucky to escape a red card for a challenge on Jordan Henderson.

He went over the top of the ball and caught Henderson high. Literally, nothing was given for it, though, in what felt like a bizarre decision.

Patient Liverpool

That first half was a struggle. West Ham’s early goal was enough for them to defend with 11 men behind the ball, all within the width of their box.

Liverpool had a hard time of it creating chances. They were reluctant to get crosses into the box where West Ham dominated physically. That forced a lot of plat into central areas where the Hammers wanted it.

My Revenge On Ben Foster

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wonderful goal finally opened things up again but the Reds looked far from comfortable here.

And then it got worse

The second half was even worse. West Ham actually pushed forward and looked for goals – and they found them.

Liverpool did create a bit more but West Ham breezed up the pitch at times. The Reds just couldn’t stop them.

The second goal was bad as Liverpool failed to deal with the physical running. The defending on the third was atrocious – a free header at the back post.

Just not good enough at all. Liverpool lost all control here and West Ham made them look weak.

Some embarrassing displays

Virtually no one played well here. A few, though, put it some terrible displays.

We went into more detail here but the likes of Sadio Mane and Alisson will need looking at after this. Both, however, are safe in their positions – we just need to see better.

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But Joel Matip and Andy Robertson put their own positions under threat. Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas both looked like better options here.

We’ll have to see what Klopp does next time out.


Liverpool have lost all control in their last two Premier League games. Not just played badly – they didn’t have the game in their hands.

It’s the opposite of the title-winning season. Liverpool dominate the ball but can’t create enough chances, while opposition players find it far too easy to carve them open.

Honestly, things look a little worrying right now. The international break can’t come soon enough.

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