West Ham topple Liverpool’s unbeaten run in five-goal thriller
The London Stadium — so usually a mire of antipathy and gloom because the membership’s emotional departure from their non secular residence of Upton Park in 2016 — this season buzzes with satisfaction over a staff brimming with confidence, a redemption arc embodied by supervisor David Moyes.
Having taken over a facet battling relegation in December 2019, Moyes has turned West Ham into an intimidating staff characterised by dogged defensive effort and swift counter-attacking menace.
Sunday’s victory over Liverpool, who arrived in East London trying to lengthen a 25-game unbeaten run in all competitions, epitomized this new-era West Ham.
The house facet took the lead simply 4 minutes in when Alisson did not take care of Pablo Fornals’ swinging nook, the ball flicking off the Brazilian goalkeeper for an own-goal.
Liverpool’s goalkeeper was adamant he had been impeded by West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, however the purpose was given following video assistant referee (VAR) checks for a doable foul and handball.
VAR was quickly referred to as upon once more following Aaron Cresswell’s sturdy deal with on Jordan Henderson — the West Ham fullback catching his compatriot excessive on the follow-through — however the Hammers survived one other examine to keep away from a purple card.
‘It is unnecessary’
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp took a dim view of each selections following the sport.
“Individuals will say I am in search of excuses, I am not,” Klopp informed Sky Sports activities.
“I settle for we’re not too good to lose soccer video games. Immediately, we misplaced it, that is not good however I settle for it. However after we discuss conditions in a sport, you simply want regular selections from a referee. He did not try this.
“The primary purpose is a foul on the goalie. The arm goes in opposition to Alisson’s arm, so how can he catch the ball when somebody pulls his arm away? It is unnecessary. It is the standard excuse that VAR says it isn’t clear and apparent, however then what do you want?
“Cresswell? For me, it is a reckless problem. Though he touches the ball, you possibly can’t go in like that as something can occur. You’ll be able to say he touched the ball, however it’s important to management your physique,” Klopp added.
Liverpool drew degree simply earlier than halftime courtesy of a second of genius from Trent Alexander-Arnold, the right-back curling Mohammed Salah’s brief lay off into the highest nook with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski rooted.
West Ham restored their benefit halfway via the second half with a devastating counter. Exchanging passes with Jarrod Bowen, Fornals struck low below Alisson to spark jubilant scenes on the London Stadium.
The euphoria was heightened simply minutes later when Kurt Zouma, signed from London rivals Chelsea in the summertime, rose highest on the again publish to go residence his first purpose for the membership.
Liverpool will rue one other purpose conceded from a set-piece that finally value them the sport, as Divock Origi’s purpose seven minutes from time was unable to spark a dramatic comeback as West Ham held their nerve to see out the victory.
‘Why can we not be there?’
The win sends the Hammers a degree above Liverpool into third, degree with Manchester Metropolis on 23 factors and simply three factors behind league leaders Chelsea, who they host on the London Stadium on December 4.
It’s their fourth straight victory since a shock defeat at residence to newly promoted Brentford, however Moyes is set to maintain his gamers grounded.
“I would like us to problem whichever groups are within the high 4, I’ve laid that all the way down to the gamers,” Moyes stated after the sport.
“I do not know who they’ll be, I hope one among them could possibly be us, however for the time being, others have been there earlier than us.”
Naturally then, Moyes performed down any speak of a title problem.
“I need to be actually optimistic on a regular basis, I wish to say that’s what we will do, however I do not see that for the time being.”
“We missed out on Champions League soccer by two factors — so why can we not be there?
“We’re not getting carried away, however it’s feeling good for the time being.”