Alisson Becker was well below his usual best and was at fault for two of West Ham’s goals, while zonal marking didn’t help him at all for the third.
The Brazilian might have had significant resistance from Ogbonna for the first goal, but he needs to be stronger and bully attackers the way they bully him otherwise he will become a target for opposition sides.
VAR had a long, hard look at the goal but found that West Ham scored legitimately. However Alisson was found wanting for their second goal, a Pablo Fornals low-driven effort that squirmed underneath his arm before hitting the back of the net.
The third goal, the winner, was one that Alisson can’t be blamed for. However, the Reds’ use of zonal marking allowed Kurt Zouma, a dangerous man in the air, to wander entirely unchallenged to the back post where he was able to nod home the decisive goal.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Clinton Morrison said: “Alisson will be disappointed, it goes under his body and it’s poor goalkeeping. It’s a really poor goal to concede, but a really good goal for West Ham.”
On the third goal, he said: “It’s Alisson again. It’s a good ball in from Jarrod Bowen and Alisson misjudges it. It goes all the way over his head. Kurt Zouma is a threat from set-pieces, he wants it, it’s a brilliant header.”
Strangely, Morrison didn’t comment on the first goal, which was arguably the most suspect, yet Alisson will be thankful for the timing of the international break as he now has two weeks to sort himself out.
Liverpool have had Alisson to spare their blushes on a number of occasions this season, so it would be a bad look to criticise him too harshly. But he did let the team down on Sunday evening.
That said, he hasn’t had anywhere near enough protection this season and, if Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be considered one of the best defensive units in the league, he needs to ensure that the Reds (a) concede fewer shots and (b) allow fewer high-quality chances especially against talented attacking units like West Ham.