Anfield, once again, resonated with the cheers and songs of its fans as Liverpool, guided by Klopp, showcased their Premier League prowess with a formidable 3-1 win against West Ham United.
Liverpool’s relentless energy was embodied by three names:
- Mo Salah: The Egyptian King never ceases to impress, marking yet another goal in his Anfield tally;
- Darwin Nunez: The Uruguayan forward is showing promise and looks to be embracing his role, scoring in consecutive matches;
- Diogo Jota: Coming in as a substitute, Jota put the game beyond reach, ensuring the Reds’ victory.
The Table at a Glance
|Converted a penalty, his 12th goal in 13 games at Anfield.
|Scored a compelling 60th-minute volley.
|Sealed the win with a late goal.
|Equalized for West Ham with a diving header.
The Detailed Dive
Liverpool’s rise in the Premier League continues, setting them as strong contenders just behind Manchester City. The energy was palpable, especially when other big league matches, like Arsenal and Tottenham’s duel, ended in a draw.
The Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk, shared some thoughts post the midweek Europa League victory over LASK:
“The Liverpool forward is realizing his potential into quality.” – Virgil van Dijk
This sentiment was echoed during the game, as Nunez stepped up, scoring from a sublime pass by Alexis Mac Allister, putting Liverpool back in the lead. This was after West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen momentarily silenced Anfield with his equalizing diving header.
Jota, entering as a substitute, showcased his worth by ensuring Liverpool’s dominance in the game. This marked Liverpool’s achievement of scoring a minimum of three goals in their initial three home league matches – a feat only repeated once in the past 43 years.
However, Nunez was undeniably the star of the match, integrating seamlessly into Liverpool’s attacking force. His ability to hold play and initiate rapid counter-attacks was evident, especially during Salah’s penalty setup. Nunez’s efforts to storm 60 yards into the penalty box after retaining the ball displayed his commitment, even if he couldn’t finish the move himself.
Salah, always in the right place at the right time, managed to capitalize on a mistake by West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd:
“A regrettable soft spot-kick giveaway.” – A spectator’s view
The game wasn’t without its thrilling moments for West Ham too. Alisson, Liverpool’s keeper, had his work cut out for him, thwarting attempts from Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio.
Liverpool continued to exert pressure, and it felt like they were on the brink of snatching the game away completely. Notable plays include a close miss by Salah after an intricate play between Mac Allister, Diaz, and Dominik Szoboszlai.
However, West Ham reminded everyone of their resilience. Managed by David Moyes, their gritty and physical style occasionally disrupted Liverpool’s flow. Yet, moments of brilliance, like Szoboszlai’s delightful chip, constantly kept fans on the edge of their seats.
West Ham’s momentary joy came three minutes before the break. An unexpected goal materialized when Bowen, after winning a header from a loose ball, managed to direct a cross from Vladimir Coufal past Liverpool’s defense.
The drama didn’t end there. Post-interval, West Ham tried to dial down Liverpool’s pace, but chances kept sprouting. One such moment was Nunez’s snapshot that narrowly missed the mark after Salah found him amidst tight West Ham defense.
The crescendo of the game was Nunez’s majestic goal from Mac Allister’s precise 15-yard chip, further emphasizing his rising stature in the squad. Further attempts by Liverpool were thwarted by West Ham’s keeper, Alphonse Areola. Yet, in the 85th minute, following a corner and a nudge by Van Dijk, Jota confirmed the win for Liverpool.