Liverpool scored three brilliant goals on their way to a comfortable victory.
Thus, here are the five things we learned today.
1. Nathaniel Phillips: King of the Aerial Duels.
In a game where many expected Phillips to wilt. The young defender fought well and won four of his seven aerial duels. Unfortunately, Craig Dawson grabbed a consolation goal for the Hammers in the final moments but it was a solid performance by the back-up central defender.
2. Milner: A tireless runner from midfield.
James Milner celebrated his 35th birthday this month. Yet he still provides Klopp and his teammates with exceptional displays with regularity. When we signed the number 7 on a free from Manchester City – few would have predicted the heights that he has reached with a Liver bird on his chest.
3. Thiago’s influence grows.
Thiago Alcântara has come in for some ridiculous criticism of late. But his recent performances have been majestic. He sees passes that few others could even imagine and then he follows it up with the exquisite technique in its execution.
The Spaniard can have a major influence on the title run-in.
4. Origi well-passed his expiration date.
Don’t get me wrong. Divock is a certified cult hero for his goals against Everton and FC Barcelona alone. But he has reached his expiration date in a red jersey. His performances are lackluster and he often looks lost in the various phases of a Premier League game. It is time for the Belgian to be moved on.
5. Shaqiri and Minamino offer solid depth for front three.
Takumi Minamino was super during his most recent appearance against Crystal Palace over a month ago.
Unfortunately, his minutes have been limited ever since.
But Xherdan Shaqiri‘s performance between the lines against the Hammers signifies that Liverpool has quality in their squad allowing rotating the front three.
Diogo Jota should be close to a return so Liverpool should be sufficient across their attacking trident.