Liverpool player ratings as subs combine to secure comeback win over West Ham

Liverpool came from behind to beat West Ham at Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp's substitutes paid dividends.

Much had been made of the Reds defensive issues pre-match amid a glut of injuries, but it was summer signing Diogo Jota who claimed all three points with a late winner.

David Moyes' men took the lead inside 10 minutes, Pablo Fornals low finish creeping in off the post after a poor header from Joe Gomez.

But on the stroke of half-time, the Reds levelled, Mohammed Salah thrashing home from the penalty spot after being clipped on the ankles by Arthur Masuaku.

Unable to find a breakthrough with his starting lineup, Klopp turned to Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri with 20 minutes remaining as the champions looked to break down the resolute Hammers.

Liverpool thought they had claimed the lead with just over 10 minutes remaining when Jota turned in a loose ball but VAR intervened, and after a lengthy delay, referee Kevin Friend made use of his monitor to rule out the strike for a foul by Sadio Mane.

But five minutes later, Jota had his goal, a lovely combination with fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri getting him clean through on goal – and the ex-Wolves man made no mistake.

Here are player ratings from Anfield…

Liverpool player ratings

By Andy Dunn

Alisson 6

Has such high standards he might wonder if he could have done better.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 6

Plenty of adventure on the front foot but occasionally left his flank vulnerable.

Joe Gomez 6

Has failed to convince this season and badly at fault for the West Ham goal.

Nat Phillips 6

Few signs of nerves on Premier League debut and dominant in the air.

Andy Robertson 7

Has a fantastic ability to turn timely defence into an attacking opportunity.

Gini Wijnaldum 7

Prodigious work-rate but not at his best in the final third of the field.

Jordan Henderson 7

Led by example and always looking to increase his side’s tempo and commitment.

Curtis Jones 6

Unruffled in possession, clearly has a cool head but did not create much.

Mohamed Salah 8MOTM

Not in top gear but still the most dangerous attacking player on the pitch.

Roberto Firmino 6

Touch and passing as decent as usual but no serious influence on the game.

Sadio Mane 7

As lively as you would expect but not a great deal came off for him.

SUBS: Shaqiri 7 (Jones, 70') Jota 7 (Firmino, 70'), Milner (Salah, 90')

SUBS NOT USED: Adrian (gk), Minamino, R Williams, N Williams

West Ham ratings

By Steve Bates

Lukasz Fabianski 6

Few real problems, has endured more searching tests against Liverpool at Anfield.

Coufal 6

A decent shift from the Czech star digging in frustrate Liverpool's attack.

Fabien Balbuena 7

The Paraguayan stayed alert and focused to contain live-wire Sadio Mane.

Angelo Ogbonna 7

The Italian was strong and solid at the heart of West Hams defence.

Aaron Cresswell 6

Limited attacking from the Liverpool-born full back but plenty of diligent defending.

Arthur Masuaku 6

Cross helped set up Hammers opener but gave away penalty for Salah to equalise.

Jarrod Bowen 6

Forced to sacrifice attacking strengths to help out with a defensive duties.

Tomas Soucek 6

The Czech star stayed close to Liverpool's midfielders to protect his defence.

Declan Rice 7

Another mature and composed performance by the impressive England youngster.

Pablo Fornals7

The Spaniard conjured a superb controlled finish to put the Hammers ahead.

Sebastien Haller 5

The big French striker was a an aerial threat but never come close to scoring.

SUBS: Yarmolenko (Haller, 74'), Lanzini (Bowen, 88') Benrahma (Masuaku, 88')

Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip.

Source: Read Full Article

Create Account

Log In Your Account