Moyes tries to take the positives from Hammers’ setback

Brian Jeeves

Liverpool v West Ham United – Premier League – Anfield – Reaction

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham United

West Ham United were able to compete, created but ultimately wasted several glorious chances to take a rare something from Anfield as Liverpool took the points thanks to Sadio Mane’s first-half strike.

Hammers boss, David Moyes provided an honest assessment but was clearly frustrated with his sides’ carelessness in front of goal: “I thought we played better than we have done, I thought our performance level was much better.,” the Scotsman said.

“I think we found it difficult for the opening fifteen or twenty minutes. We could have been further behind but we grew into the game, we had shots on goal and we got in behind Liverpool and had one or two huge opportunities and in midweek I said we lacked quality in the box to score.

“But I thought our forward players. Michail Antonio played well today but we are just lacking that bit at the moment. Maybe against the top teams, we have to be really clinical and we just missed that today.”

Moyes continued: “It is easy for me to say that, but ultimately we did not get any points from it but I think we were worthy of something today.

“Somebody said to me coming in that we had more shots on goal in the first half today than anybody since Jurgen has taken over and I did not think we were great in the first half.

“There were bits of good stuff from us and we are trying to keep it going. We beat Liverpool narrowly 3-2 at the London Stadium we have narrowly lost 1-0 today so there are signs we are getting a little bit closer to where we would like to be in challenging the best teams and Liverpool are certainly one of them.”

Jarrod Bowen worryingly limped out of the action during the second half: “It looks like something in his heel it happened in the tackle with Andy Robertson and then he ran back to the edge of the box and then went down,” Moyes explained.

“I was hoping it would not be too bad but what I did not like was he came off unable to bear weight so we will get him scanned and see what it is.

“For me, look I am not a physio but it is not an obvious looking injury to me at the moment, it looks as if he has been caught near the Achilles.”

Brian Jeeves