Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has highlighted two West Ham players to the Liverpool Echo, who gave his team problems during last night’s 3-2 win at Anfield.
The Reds were forced to come from behind to maintain their 22 point advantage at the summit of the top flight.
Gini Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane netted for the Reds, with Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals bagging for the Hammers.
It was winger Michail Antonio and substitute striker Sebastian Haller who were credited with good performances by Klopp, however.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “West Ham knew they had two proper ways to stay in the game – second balls and set-pieces, both were not good from us tonight.
“Losing the first ball is possible because (Michail) Antonio and later (Sebastian) Haller were just too good, you can’t win all the balls.
“The second ball we had to pick up better. The formation was not good. We showed the boys at half-time.”
On the face of things Liverpool were relatively poor last night and a dogged West Ham side should have probably taken something from the game.
Credit to the Hammers, however, they were poor at Manchester City last week but went to Anfield with every intention of having a go at winning the game.
The challenge for David Moyes now is to get his players showing that level of fighting spirit in games against the teams around them.
A defeat to Liverpool isn’t going to decide their Premier League fate. If the Hammers turn up and play like that against lesser opposition then they might just stave off the threat of relegation.