Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
Premier League (10), Anfield
October 19, 2022
Nunez 22′ (assist – Tsimikas)
Challenged to find consistency after two big victories, Liverpool took control from the start as they welcomed West Ham to Anfield, with the first half defined by Nunez’s urgency.
The Uruguayan pressed and harried fervently up against a struggling back line, showing the off-ball work ethic required to lead the line in Jurgen Klopp‘s 4-4-2.
At a windy Anfield, there was an unpredictability in the long balls, but Thiago‘s was inch-perfect as he teed Nunez up for a brilliant first-time volley on the charge, just tipped over by Lukasz Fabianski.
Fabianski could do nothing soon after, though, when Kostas Tsimikas whipped in a cross and the No. 27 produced a fine downward header to make it 1-0.
Another big chance came straight after, this time stopped by Fabianski, while later on in the half, a chest and volley from Nunez left the post rattling.
HT: Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
Liverpool remained in charge as the second half got underway, with Jordan Henderson going close with a curler from outside the box, the shot just sailing over the bar.
A brilliant Henderson cross led Kurt Zouma into a desperate block that ended up bouncing onto the crossbar, while at the other end James Milner somehow denied Tomas Soucek to secure the three points.
TIA Man of the Match: Darwin Nunez
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Subs not used: Kelleher, Phillips, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Clark
West Ham: Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Kehrer, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Downes (Antonio 74′); Bowen, Fornals (Benrahma 61′), Scamacca
Subs not used: Areola, Randolph, Ogbonna, Coufal, Emerson, Coventry, Lanzini