Liverpool faced off against West Ham on Sunday afternoon in London and moved to third place in the league with a 3-1 victory.
Here’s how The Reds were ratedEmbed from Getty Images
Alisson Becker: didn’t find himself too busy between the sticks but dealt with what he had to with minimal fuss. Always so confident and such a presence at the back to command the defence in front of him. Will be frustrated though not to have kept a clean sheet. Rating: 6.5/10
Trent Alexander-Arnold: the youngster must have been told to get chalk on his boots as he hugged the touchline in the first half to good effect at times going forwards.
Was not involved much in attack as most play went through the middle for Liverpool but had a solid enough game. Rating: 6.5/10
Nat Phillips: chosen over Rhys Williams at the back to partner Henderson and showed his excellence in the air against West Ham again after a very impressive first 45.
Impressive again against the Hammers and may have established himself as more of a regular starter. Rating: 7/10
Jordan Henderson: playing out of position again at CB and looked a natural, especially early on in the aerial battles.
He stepped further forwards at times and played some nicely weighted through balls over the top to start an attack. The skipper’s influence on this Liverpool team is so crucial. Rating: 7/10
Andy Robertson: had a busier time of it compared to Thursday night as most of Liverpool’s play came down the left hand side in the first half.
Completed his defensive duties well and once again proved why he is the best left back in Europe. Rating:7/10
Gini Wijnaldum: playing once again as the 6 and did his job with professionalism and without issue. Although it might go unnoticed, the job he does for the team can never be underestimated. Playing as the 6 he allowed Shaqiri, Thiago, Milner and Jones to roam free and provided the cover in-between defence and midfield. A well deserved goal to round off the evening and the three points. Rating: 7.5/10
James Milner: the energetic engine covered the pitch well again and covered the vacant spaces in midfield. Came off on the 56th minute and looked unhappy at doing so but soon gave the gaffer a smile and a hug when his replacement Curtis Jones provided the assist seconds later. Rating: 7/10
Thiago: given more license to roam once again and found himself further forwards than he has done in recent weeks. Played some nice passes and through balls but can be rash in a tackle. Had a quieter second half as he still finds his feet in his sixth game in a new league. Rating: 6.5/10
Mo Salah: loves a goal against The Hammers but struggled to impact the game in the first 45 minutes with only one shot that never really troubled the Hammers’ goalkeeper. Ended his barren spell in the league with a beautiful curling shot on in the top left corner to open the scoring. His second goal was a thing of absolute beauty with the touch and finish to take his total to 15 in the league. Rating: 8.5/10
Divock Origi: a surprise inclusion for the injured Mane and looked lively early on and found space behind Coufal but was ineffective in the first half. Was snatching at shots and showed perhaps he needs a run of games to find form. Came off on the 79th minute with what looked like an injury. Rating: 6/10
Xherdan Shaqiri: another surprise addition in the Liverpool line up with the absence of Firmino and played as the ‘false 9’ through the middle.
Tried to find spaces and pockets to play in but West Ham managed to keep the Swiss contained until… his assist for Salah’s second.
It was sublime and was his last act for the evening; a run of games and we may yet see the best of Shaqiri Rating: 7.5/10Embed from Getty Images
Curtis Jones: made an immediate impact with a wonderful forward run to create the assist for Mo Salah’s goal. Jones looked spritely and ambitious in his general game and made an impact in the centre of the park when he came on. Rating: 7/10
Roberto Firmino: replaced Shaqiri on the 68th minute and didn’t have to impact the game too much after coming on at 2-0. Provided the assist for the third goal for Gini and showed again his importance to Liverpool’s link up play. More importantly the Brazilian had a much needed rest and Liverpool came away with the points. Rating: 6.5/10
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: replaced Origi on the left hand side of attack late on and did well to link up with Firmino in the third goal with some wonderful one-touch football. Rating: 6/10 (slightly unfair given the lack of minutes)
By Ritchie Slack (@Slack_9)