Liverpool 4-1 West Ham: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

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Liverpool’s performance in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over West Ham was peppered with fine individual showings, as their top-four charge rolls on.

The Reds produced one of their most comprehensive displays of the season as they overran a battling Hammers side to seal a convincing win.

After their 5-0 mauling of Porto the previous week, this saw Jurgen Klopp‘s side continue to build momentum ahead of a crucial end to the campaign.

Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all got their names on the scoresheet, while the likes of Andrew Robertson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also impressed.

But who stood out to journalists and supporters, and on a statistical level?

Below we compare our ratings with those of the Liverpool Echo, the Mail, the Express, Sky Sports, ESPN, Squawka, The Anfield Wrap, Anfield Index, Redmen TV and WhoScored:

Unsurprisingly, both Salah (8.1) and Firmino (8.3) average a rating of over eight out of 10, with the duo in remarkably consistent form in front of goal.

Not far behind are Robertson (7.8), Milner (7.7) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (7.7), whose relentless performances at left-back and in midfield provided Liverpool with the backbone they needed against a tough opponent.

Only one player, Joel Matip (6.7), averaged below seven out of 10, with the centre-back noticeably struggling in the first half.

The Echo, Squawka and Anfield Index joined This is Anfield in rating Matip at six out of 10.

ANFIELD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Interestingly, Anfield Index were markedly more critical of Trent Alexander-Arnold than any other outlet, with the 19-year-old largely impressing up against Patrice Evra.

And WhoScored, whose ratings are based on statistical output rather than a subjective assessment, named Can their Man of the Match, with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner just behind.

This could highlight the importance of Klopp’s midfield unit at Anfield, but on the whole these emphatic, positive ratings are evidence of an exceptional all-round display.

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