West Ham match report
It was a game of many talking points with Liverpool villains Patrice Evra and Pablo Zabaleta starting for West Ham.
It was Evra who got the majority of the stick from the Liverpool faithful, who constantly booed when he was on the ball. There were also chants of Luis Suarez, a Liverpool legend who allegedly made racist comments to Evra, in a classless double standards state of affairs from Liverpool fans.
Within the first 25 minutes we weathered the storm quite well and could have been a goal up. Marko Arnautovic lobbed Loris Karius only for his world-class effort to be tipped onto the bar. Our main man had another strike from 25 yards which Karius parried out for a corner.
Liverpool had strong chances of their own. Mo Salah hit the post early on and, just as I started getting the feeling we might get something from the game Emre Can nodded in from a corner to put the hosts in front.
Can had made a sloppy start to the game but found enough space in the box to head into the bottom-left corner and we went in at half time 1-0 down.
I said at half time it looked like Cheikhou Kouyate had borrowed Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak as he was non-existent in the first half and shortly after the break Liverpool were on a counter attack and Kouyate was caught out trying to make a clean tackle to win the ball.
After several attempts, the ball ricocheted off him to gift Salah his 31st goal of the season. Shock.
The game was done at this point. I was critical of David Moyes’ tactics before Kick off. Javier Hernandez had two goals in two games but was left on the bench. Manuel Lanzini was thrown in straight away after coming back from injury and really I don’t think you change a winning side.
Roberto Firmino joined the fun for Liverpool when he gambled on a long ball up to him. Adrian made a huge error rushing out, but it was questionable if it was Adrian's fault as you could put it down to Moyes’ tactics again.
Why did he play a paceless back five against Liverpool, who are one of the quickest sides in the league? James Collins, Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Evra and Angelo Ogbonna’s combined age is surely well over 130. We set up awfully for this game.
Too little too late
Michail Antonio came on for the Hammers and scored after he was surprisingly played in by Kouyate, but it wasn’t enough. It’s a massive shame as two years ago we were beating and competing with Liverpool and even finished above them in the league.
But it shows that we’ve gone backwards and the finger is mainly pointed at Mr. David Sullivan for not spending money to show ambition in the transition of moving to the London Stadium.
Sadio Mane made it 4-1 to put the cherry on top for Liverpool. It was a difficult day at the office for the Hammers with negative tactics from Moyes.
The league table is so close from 10th to the relegation zone and we’ve slid down after this result. It makes the game against Swansea even bigger next week and we need to go and do a professional job on them.