No team had ever beaten a side 52 points ahead of them in the Premier League and West Ham had only taken 10 points from the last 99 available at Anfield. And the less said about David Moyes’ record at Anfield, the better.
So it was obviously no surprise whatsoever to see a West Ham side who didn’t even try at the Emptihad in their last game ramp it up 1000% against us. Why do opposition sides not even bother against Mancheater City but play as though their lives depend upon it at Anfield?
Gini’s early header from Alexander-Arnold’s delivery looked like it was going to open the floodgates but West Ham, to their enormous credit, didn’t allow their heads to drop and actually had the temerity to equalise in front of the Kop, with Gomez arguably at fault for not getting in front of Diop.
Gomez was uncharacteristically sloppy throughout the first period and, to be honest, nobody covered themselves in glory before the break, with the whole team looking flat and complacent.
Our defence was, indeed, sloppy throughout- I can’t remember any game where we have conceded so many clear-cut chances at home. We would have been punished by a more clinical team.
We all expected Klopp to give the boys the Haartrockner treatment at half time but, if anything, we looked even worse in the first twenty minutes of the second half. Fortunately, Fabianski was feeling generous enough to gift Mo the equaliser; Mané showed great determination to get on the end of Trent’s hook-back to make it 3-2, possibly against the run of play.
MOTM: My mate Michael, a big West Ham fan. He was taking the piss from the moment they equalised all the way through to Sadio’s goal. Still, he has accepted the defeat with good grace.
Vital win needed after the Atletico game and got it the hard way. Credits to West ham, they gave us the game but that was a lead taken too early for them. Waves off attack since the 60 minute mark. Okay performance but 3 points all that matters, as it has been always at the end.
We're gonna win the league! We're gonna win the league!
Good finish but we were sleep walking for parts of the game. I get the feeling that there is something going on with Mane - he looks unhappy or something. He wasn't his usual self today at all. Might be that he is still coming back from injury. Anyway, job done. Congrats to the lads. A step closer to the promised land!
Wow, our team keeps finding new ways to win don't they.
Just as I thought the rollercoaster of emotions had disappeared lately, it came back in full force. We survived a rare offday from our Clean Sheet Machine, and an off-colour performance from our Spartan Goalkeeper (who did make a game-winning save at the end, wow) to make it out of Anfield with a much-needed win.
I never thought I'd ever say this but we missed Henderson in an offensive way. I felt that none of our front 3 had a good game, for varying reasons. Mane still looks a bit out of shape and Bobby looked half a step slow at times. Mo was full of running but made little headway, and made a few stray passes too.
Credit the enemy West Ham for a great performance. I thought their courage (especially when down 3-2) was amazing and I'd hate to see them go down. They played us straight up without any tricks or tomfoolery and that's more than can be said for many of our opponents this season.
MOTM for me goes to TAA, and possibly the Ox had he played the full match. We regained control and became much more penetrative after the Ox came on.
Only another 11 heart-stopping finals to go, paradise is within sight. YNWA!