Tuesday 20 August 2019

Liverpool v West Ham - Story of the match

Darren Randolph reacts to his blunder in the 2-2 draw at Anfield
Darren Randolph reacts to his blunder in the 2-2 draw at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated once again by weak Liverpool defending as West Ham claimed a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Adam Lallana put the Reds ahead inside five minutes but more questions will be asked of Loris Karius after he failed to keep out Dimitri Payet's free-kick.

A mistake from Joel Matip allowed Michail Antonio to send West Ham into half-time ahead but Hammers keeper Darren Randolph threw in his own blooper three minutes after half-time, dropping the ball at the feet of Divock Origi.


"Surely Liverpool will go for Joe Hart in January??" - former England midfielder Rob Lee.


Michail Antonio - Having converted himself into one of the best wing-backs in the Premier League, Antonio was asked to play as an out-an-out striker at Anfield and did it brilliantly. The England man had little service but made life uncomfortable for the Liverpool defence and made the most of the opportunities that came his way. His goal owed a lot to the mistake by Matip, who was wrong-footed by a deflection on the pass through, but Antonio showed impressive composure to flick the ball past Karius.


This was not a game to make goalkeepers proud but Randolph made up for his howler for Liverpool's second goal with a superb stop in the 70th minute. Jordan Henderson looked to have shaped his 25-yard shot perfectly but, just as it seemed poised to curl into the corner, out flew Randolph's hand to tip it away and preserve West Ham's point.


An afternoon of deja vu for Klopp, who again saw his side impress going forward only to shoot themselves in the foot by conceding goals far too easily. Having Lallana and Matip back in the starting line-up was good news for the German but there is no sign of the spotlight being removed from Karius any time soon. Slaven Bilic will also have been disappointed by the goals West Ham conceded but a draw was a creditable result and enough to lift them out of the relegation zone. They looked more solid with a back four and playing Antonio up front worked a treat.



Loris Karius: 5

Nathaniel Clyne: 5

Dejan Lovren: 6

Joel Matip: 5

James Milner: 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: 7

Jordan Henderson: 6

Adam Lallana: 7

Sadio Mane: 7

Roberto Firmino: 6

Divock Origi: 6


Ragnar Klavan (for Lovren, 46): 6

West Ham

Darren Randolph: 6

Havard Nordtveit: 7

Winston Reid: 6

Angelo Ogbonna: 7

Aaron Cresswell: 5

Pedro Obiang: 6

Mark Noble: 6

Manuel Lanzini: 6

Dimitri Payet: 6

Andre Ayew: 5

Michail Antonio: 8


Andy Carroll (for Ayew, 63): 5

Edimilson Fernandes (for Lanzini, 78): 5


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