Liverpool equalled an all-time club record of 63 games without defeat at Anfield against West Ham on Saturday night, clinching a late 2-1 win over the Londoners. The Reds were poor in the first half but eventually cancelled out Pablo Fornals’ opener through Mohamed Salah’s penalty. After dominating the game in the second half, Liverpool finally found a winning goal through substitute Diogo Jota, after he had seen an effort disallowed minutes earlier. Express Sport rates and slates the Premier League champions’ display.
Liverpool ratings vs West Ham – Premier League
Alisson – 6
Had his vision blocked somewhat by Gomez for the goal otherwise may have saved it. Relatively untested otherwise.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
A bit wasteful from set pieces but a much improved threat from open play compared to previous league matches, constantly getting forward and threatening the Hammers’ defence. Followed up well from his stand-out display in midweek in the Champions League.
Joe Gomez – 5
Poor header straight into Fornals for the opening goal of the game. Not as commanding as Klopp would have hoped he might be and beaten by Tomas Soucek for a late header at a free-kick, though he was fortunate it was only a tame save for Alisson.
Nat Phillips – 7
Really strong in the air and well positioned to clear several crosses. Had one worrying moment in the second half when he and Gomez went for the same ball and Fornals had a shot blocked but an otherwise solid top-flight debut. Won a key header at a West Ham corner right at the death.
Andy Robertson – 7
Decent at both ends with one well-timed tackle inside his own box and another smart second-half block to deny Fornals, in addition to a few dangerous drives forward. Fired a volley over the bar in the first 45 minutes and his run helped create Liverpool’s best second-half chance.
Jordan Henderson – 6
Fired just wide of the post with Liverpool’s first shot of the game and attempted to give Liverpool more urgency in midfield. A brilliant pass found Robertson for one second-half opportunity but will be disappointed he couldn’t muster similar passes more often.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Hadn’t offered enough offensively but then produced some tidy play on the edge of the box in the lead up to the winning goal. Still not enough forward-thinking passes before then though. Worked hard out of possession.
Curtis Jones – 5
A mixed display from the Scouse midfielder. Might have done better to cut out the cross that led to West Ham’s goal. Couldn’t help Liverpool create too many chances although he found Salah for the penalty. Hooked with 20 minutes to play.
Mohamed Salah – 7
Won and scored the penalty that pulled Liverpool level before the break and looked to do what he could, but largely left frustrated. Pulled one second-half shot from inside the box just wide when he should have hit the target.
Roberto Firmino – 4
Below his best again despite some flashes of the typical link-up play associated with the Brazilian. Starting to give Klopp a bit of a headache. Unsurprisingly subbed off.
Sadio Mane – 6
A few bursts at the West Ham back-line and a good ball out wide to Robertson who volleyed over in the first half. Not the Senegalese winger’s best display this term although still lively and did well to set up a Salah chance in the last 20 minutes. Alleged to have fouled Lukasz Fabianski in the Jota goal that was ruled out.
Diogo Jota (on for Firmino, min 70) – 8
What an impact Jota is making for Liverpool. Had a goal disallowed with just over 10 minutes left to play then scored one that couldn’t be cancelled out a few minutes later.
Xherdan Shaqiri (on for Jones, min 70) – 7
Like Jota, gave Liverpool more pace and urgency going forward. Set up the Portuguese’s winner with a neat through ball.
James Milner (on for Salah, min 90) – N/A
Came on to help the home side see out victory.