West Ham v Liverpool: Match in Pictures
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Michail Antonio has revealed exactly where West Ham were able to hurt Liverpool the most in their impressive 3-2 victory at the London Stadium. The Reds remained the only unbeaten team in the Premier League heading into their clash against West Ham.
A win would have moved Liverpool just one point off the top of the table after Chelsea drew with Burnley.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side got off to the worst start possible when Alisson flapped at a corner with Angelo Ogbonna outmuscling the Liverpool goalkeeper.
Liverpool soon began to get a foothold in the game again and Trent Alexander-Arnold equalised with a brilliant free-kick on the edge of the box before half time.
The Hammers sensed an opportunity in the second half though and quickly exposed Liverpool with Pablo Fornals given acres of space to restore their one-goal lead.
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Kurt Zouma made it 3-1 just minutes later when Liverpool were once again unable to deal with West Ham at a corner.
Divock Origi’s goal made it a tense finish with Sadio Mane squandering a gilt-edged chance from six yards out to equalise late on.
But for West Ham, it gave them their fourth consecutive win and moved them above Liverpool in the table into third.
Klopp was left irate after the match after feeling aggrieved at a number of decisions from the officials.
VAR took a while to review the footage from West Ham’s opener which saw Alisson demanding the goal to be disallowed for a foul.
And he was also at fault for West Ham’s third after finding himself distracted by Antonio.
The West Ham striker was a constant menace inside the six-yard box on corners, standing in front of Alisson who found himself frustrated on every occasion.
While Antonio didn’t get on the scoresheet, he did play a pivotal role in West Ham’s dominance at set-pieces.
And the 31-year-old admitted after the game that David Moyes had identified Alisson as a potential weak spot for West Ham to target in their pre-match tactics.
“The whole plan was stick it in straight on the keeper and we’ll challenge,” Antonio said.
“We saw they struggle with the ball coming in — all we had to do is keep it away from Virgil van Dijk.”
Klopp was left incensed though at referee Craig Pawson for not “protecting” Alisson more.
“The goals and some situations have to go another way,” Klopp said.
“The first they score is a foul on the keeper. The arm goes into Alisson’s arm so how can he catch it? That makes no sense. How it cannot be a foul I don’t know.
“What can Alisson do? That is why the goalie is protected. If a player goes up in the air with his arm, it is an important part of the body for the keeper.
“People will say I am making excuses but I am calm. You need normal decisions from a referee and he did not do that.”
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