Liverpool 4-1 West Ham: Player Ratings

Liverpool romped to a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, with the majestic front three once again stealing the headlines.


Loris Karius (out of 10) – 7

It was a relatively quiet afternoon for Karius, who was afforded the luxury of watching Liverpool dominate much of the game.

Two good saves denied Marko Arnautovic in the first-half, however, and he is cutting a more authoritative figure with each week that passes.

His much-improved run of form carries on.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates the 4-1 victory over West Ham United with Trent Alexander-Arnold after the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8

Preferred to Joe Gomez at right-back, the teenager’s attacking thrust and quality on the ball made him a better option against a defence-minded West Ham side.

Alexander-Arnold made some great bursts down the right flank, delivering several appealing crosses, and there was such maturity to his play.

He really does look a special young talent.

Joel Matip – 6

Matip came back in for Dejan Lovren, but on current evidence, the latter is the better option.

The Cameroonian didn’t do a lot wrong, but he never exuded confidence, and a tame attempt at a tackle led to Arnautovic almost opening the scoring.

A slightly shaky presence.

SWANSEA, WALES - Monday, January 22, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Swansea City FC and Liverpool FC at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5

Barring one lapse in concentration right at the beginning of proceedings, Liverpool’s record signing was a class act at the back.

His ability on the ball was there for all to see, while his aerial presence in attack saw one header land into Adrian’s arms.

He will experience tougher days at the office, but he was largely faultless.

Andrew Robertson – 9

What a signing this lad is.

This was another performance full of energy, desire and quality from Robertson, with crisp passing and pace both on display.

Some of his crossing was also excellent, and he never stopped running. The Scot is now Liverpool’s undisputed first-choice left-back.

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

Emre Can – 7

Having missed the 5-0 win over Porto through suspension, Can sat deep in midfield at the expense of Jordan Henderson.

The German was never at his swashbuckling best, not that he needed to be in a more refined tole, but he contributed both defensively and going forward.

Can struck first at Anfield with a precise header, registering his sixth goal of a strong season – let’s hope it’s not his last on Merseyside.

James Milner – 8

After a Man of the Match showing in Portugal, Milner stood out once again.

The veteran found himself in the wars, going down after reckless tackles from Mark Noble and Pablo Zabaleta, but he didn’t let it affect him in a dynamic outing.

There was nothing too spectacular about Milner, barring one delightful Cruyff turn, but he did what he has made a career out of: being a reliable, intelligent presence.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5

Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t really kicked on after a great game against Man City last month, but he grew in stature as the match progressed on Saturday.

Deployed in a central attacking midfield berth, the Englishman was both neat and tidy when required, but also purposeful when space opened up.

He delivered the corner that Can scored from and found Salah for his goal – his fourth and fifth Premier League assists of the campaign.

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

Mohamed Salah – 7.5

The Reds’ man of the moment wasn’t at his unplayable best, but that’s not to say he wasn’t a constant menace.

His speed, both in legs and in thought, seemed on another level to any Hammers defender, and he hit the post in just the third minute.

Salah wasn’t to be denied his 31st goal of 2017/18, though, tucking a Tottenham-esque finish past Adrian.

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

Sadio Mane – 7

After his Champions League hat-trick last week, Mane cut a more confident figure at Anfield, but he didn’t shine as bright as others.

He linked up well with Robertson down the left, often forming an effective passing triangle with Milner, and although three opportunities went begging, he got his goal to round off the scoring.

Roberto Firmino – 9 (Man of the Match)

Another day, another superb Firmino performance.

So much of Liverpool’s good play came through him, and constant lever touches, unselfish movement and an admirable work ethic were all on show,

He slotted into an empty Kop net to put the hosts 3-0 up, completing a fantastic individual display.

 

Starting XI Average Rating: 7.59

 

Substitutes

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adam Lallana (on for Firmino, 82′) – n/a

Had one decent effort, but didn’t have long enough to make an impression.

Alberto Moreno (on for Mane, 86′) – n/a

No time to make an impact.

Dominic Solanke (on for Salah, 86′) – n/a

No time to make an impact.

Subs not used: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Henderson

 

Manager

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 8

This was a routine afternoon for Klopp, who got a top performance out of his team and nailed his team selection.

Using Alexander-Arnold over Gomez was spot on, and Milner’s industry and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pace were both good additions.

Sometimes, it’s easy to take this world-class manager for granted.


Player ratings definitions: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not

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