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West Ham United v Liverpool – Premier League – London Stadium – Report
West Ham United 3-2 Liverpool
Should we really be that surprised? After all, this is becoming a regular occurrence with David Moyes’ exciting West Ham United side.
The old saying suggests that you can only beat what is put in front of you. Well, West Ham are taking on all-comers at the moment and the London Stadium crowd are loving every minute of it.
Naturally, Liverpool, unbeaten in their previous 25 Premier League outings, provided a stiff test. Moyes’ mindful of the Reds 3-1 demolition of his side back in January: “I want to give them a much better game than we gave them last year at London Stadium,” the Scotsman explained.
“I want to show we’ve moved on again and I think we’re in a much better place.
“We know Liverpool will rise to the challenge, whatever team is put in front of them because they have done for several years now, so we know how tough a game it’s going to be.
Moyes added: “Liverpool played very well here last year at London Stadium, so we’ll have to be much better.
“We’ve stepped up and will need to do a lot right and hope Liverpool don’t have one of their better days because they’re a top side.
“I do think we’re slightly different as well, so we’ll go out there and try to give them a difficult day.”
And so it proved. Indeed, it was an incredible start to the contest from Moyes’ men. Alisson flapped hopelessly at Pablo Fornals’ swirling flag-kick – Liverpool protested – VAR had a look – West Ham ahead inside four minutes.
VAR was at it again minutes later. Aaron Cresswell’s challenge on Jordan Henderson was deemed little more than a free-kick. The visitors – urging referee, Craig Pawson to brandish red – again left frustrated.
Liverpool was beginning to build a little momentum. Lota perhaps should have done better – nodding over from close range after Henderson had delivered. Nevertheless, it had taken the Reds more than half an hour to fashion an opening against a stout Hammers rearguard.
But five minutes before the interval, the East Londoners were breached. Trent Alexander-Arnold with an exquisite postage stamp finish following a well-worked dead-ball routine with Mohammed Salah.
Substitute, Craig Dawson was agonisingly close to reestablishing West Ham’s earlier advantage shortly after the restart. The central defender heading another Fornals flag-kick against the top of the bar. Liverpool reacted swiftly. Fabianski was forced to beat away Sadio Mane’s effort after Andy Robertson had centred.
Salah’s left-footed volley drifted the wrong side of an upright, while Ben Johnson fired wide. The endeavour, honest and entertaining – The explosion to come. Jarrod Bowen broke from deep, skipped clear and played in Fornals – The Spaniard, cool and calculated as he fired West Ham back in front.
Liverpool had taken the big punch and were wobbling big-time. Kurt Zouma looked to finish them off.
Again, Alisson didn’t cover himself on glory. Bowen’s corner eluded the stopper – Zouma on hand to nod into an empty net.
Credit to Liverpool, who swarmed forward in a bid to retrieve the situation. Divock Origi spun on the proverbial sixpence to reduce the arrears with a honey of a left-footed strike.
Mane’s diving header squirmed across the face of goal in stoppage-time, while Origi’s goalbound header found Fabianski’s gloves – But West Ham had done just about enough
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, November 20 when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (3pm).
West Ham United: Fabiański, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna (Dawson 22′), Cresswell, Rice (Capt), Souček, Bowen (Coufal 84′), Benrahma (Masuaku 86′), Fornals, Antonio Subs not used: Areola (GK), Fredericks, Diop, Král, Noble, Lanzini
Booked: Tomas Soucek (foul)
Goals: Alisson (own-goal), Pablo Fornals 67′, Kurt Zouma 75′
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Fabinho (Minamino 80′), Henderson (Capt), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Thiago 69′), Salah, Diogo Jota (Origi 76′), Mané Subs not used: Kelleher (GK), Williams, Tsimikas, Konaté, Phillips, Morton
Booked: Trent Alexander-Arnold (foul)
Goals: Trent Alexander-Arnold 40′, Divock Origi 83′
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Lee Betts and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis