Superb West Ham inflict Liverpool’s first PL defeat of the season
West Ham United produced a superb display to inflict Liverpool their first Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday at London Stadium.
Goalkeeper Alisson’s error gave an early lead to the hosts inside the opening five minutes of the match after a dramatic VAR check.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificent free-kick goal levelled the score before halftime, but his equalizer was cancelled out by Pablo Fornal’s goal in the second.
There was plenty of counter-attacks from both sides, but West Ham’s defenders kept the in form strikers of the Reds.
Kurt Zouma secured the win for his team on 74 minutes with a thumping header after a West Ham corner.
However, Divock Origi scored late in the match but it was too late to give Liverpool who were unbeaten for last 25 matches in all competitions a point.
“A great performance today from everyone, everyone in the crowd “help us against a great team. It was an open game, but we were more clinical and stayed strong at the end and dug deep,” Zouma said after the game.
The victory puts the Hammers on third in the table, levelling 23 points with second-place Manchester City and three points behind Chelsea leading the table. Liverpool, meanwhile, drop to fourth on 22 points.
David Moyes was understandably delighted with the electrifying performance of his team who are on an impressive run of results.
“When we played here last here we lost 3-1. I watched it back and I didn’t like the way we played. I didn’t like the way we didn’t get enough of the ball and I tried in the first half to find a way where we could do things better or differently.” The Scot said in the post-match reaction.
“It worked to an extent because we got in front, but we didn’t really do enough and we altered Pablo’s position in the second half a bit, which meant he pressed a little bit faster from the front and that gave us a little bit of impetus.
Because of Pablo’s energy, which he has in abundance, he gets us a goal and that’s great.”