Liverpool were too fast and too strong for a poor West Ham side, with several players impressing as the Reds sealed a 4-1 victory.
West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
Premier League, London Stadium
November 4, 2017
Goals: Lanzini 55′; Salah 21′, 75′, Matip 24′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 56′
Simon Mignolet – 5
Captain for the day, and looked hesitant when first called upon post-coin toss.
Was slow to come off his line as Javier Hernandez’s pass deflected into his area, allowing Andre Ayew an early chance.
Had another questionable moment towards the end of the first half when he tried to let a ball run out of play but got himself in a tangle with Ayew.
Came through a crowd to claim a cross in the second half, but didn’t really have chance to make amends for earlier errors by saving shots, and the opposition scored from their only effort on target.
Joe Gomez – 6
Played a useful role down the right even if he didn’t play a big part in Liverpool’s highlights, though he might show up on one of West Ham‘s.
Made a great tackle on Manuel Lanzini at the byline to prevent a cross, but shortly after this he lost track of the same player which led to the West Ham goal.
Composed himself after this, and even though he did let one Marko Arnautovic cross get past him his play for the rest of the game suggested he’d forgotten about the earlier error.
Joel Matip – 7
Finally got a goal from a corner, but it came from his boot rather than his troublesome head.
Looked shaky in the early moments of the game as he and his centre-back partner were hesitant on and off the ball, and was lucky not to be pulled up for a foul on Hernandez on the edge of the area.
Played some good long balls forward to the attackers, and occasionally wandered into midfield to start attacks.
Ragnar Klavan – 6
As was the case in the last league match against Huddersfield he started slowly but grew into the game.
His passing was simple and on point, and he completed four out of seven long balls.
Other than that is was a fairly quiet occasion for the Estonian, and his partner’s goal gave him the edge in the pair’s ratings.
Alberto Moreno – 7
The solid and reliable Moreno Liverpool fans are slowly becoming accustomed to even if they don’t quite know how we ended up here.
Made a couple of good tackles down his flank and rarely lets opponents get away from him. If he does he’ll manage to catch up with them and try again.
Is a vital option for width in this type of setup, even though he wasn’t really used as much as he might have expected to be in attack.
Emre Can – 7
Part of a midfield double act which facilitated the rest of the team’s play.
Showed good power against some of the opposition’s more robust players in the centre of the park, and though his passing wasn’t always the tidiest it was still a good shift from the German.
Was also the leader in the middle of the park, shouting orders and telling his team-mates where to be at set-pieces and during breaks in the game.
Recovered quickly from the injury he picked up in the previous game against Maribor, and picked up where he left off on that night.
Was tidy in possession and annoying for the opposition in defence, making a total of four interceptions.
Finished past Joe Hart at the second attempt after his first shot was saved by his compatriot.
Celebrated with the away fans in a moment which served to welcome him well and truly into the Liverpool fold.
Goal aside it was encouraging that he seemed involved, even though the stats show he only had 42 touches of the ball; the fewest of those outfield players who started the game.
Gave a quick reminder of his two-footedness with a nice left-footed cross-field pass in the first half.
Looks like he now fits in but it also looks like there’s more to come from him, which is good news.
Mohamed Salah – 9 (Man of the Match)
The man who everyone says can’t finish scored again, twice.
This time with a composed one-on-one effort following a counter-attack from an opposition corner, and a blasted shot having crossed Sadio Mane‘s run and found space on the left.
Ridiculous piece of play towards the end of the first half to outpace Aaron Cresswell, hold the defender off, then find a neat pass into the area.
He was a dangerous player already, but he looks like he could do even more damage when he’s paired with Mane.
Roberto Firmino – 7
The perfect foil for Mane and Salah, operating from the central position but pulling defenders all over the place.
A couple of neat backheels in the second half led to good chances, while a great touch resulted in the Oxlade-Chamberlain goal.
Shot wide when through on goal in the second half but didn’t need to score because he was a big part of allowing others to do so.
Sadio Mane – 8
A surprise inclusion in the side from the start, after Klopp said in his pre-match press conference that he was ready for 20 minutes.
But with 22 minutes gone he was racing up the field to help his side take the lead, receiving the ball form a West Ham corner and sprinting the length of the pitch before pushing the ball across to Salah.
The opposition defence were scared for the rest of the game, and he added a further assist when he rode a foul in midfield before picking Salah out again on the other side of the area.
James Milner (on for Mane, 77′) – N/A
Came on as a left-sided midfielder replacing Mane but with a slightly more defensive assignment. Shot just wide with five minutes to go.
Given the time Klopp tends to make his subs, it seems unfair to give them a mark, but it was a good contribution late on from the man who took the armband from Mignolet.
Dejan Lovren (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 87′) – N/A
Dominic Solanke (on for Firmino, 87′) – N/A
Jurgen Klopp – 8
Changed his lineup and his team’s shape to great effect.
Went with a 4-2-4 formation which saw a number of pairings across the pitch which worked perfectly.
Mane and Oxlade-Chamberlain came in from the flanks, Firmino and Salah caused trouble centrally, while Can and Wijnaldum helped Matip and Klavan hold the fort.
People will say it was “only West Ham,” but every team needs beating and Klopp found the best way to get the job done.