Jurgen Klopp’s men are making it a habit of scoring highly in every game they play. Gifted with a fabulous front three, goals are coming thick and fast for Liverpool. Such was the case against a helpless West Ham United side fighting for each and every point to retain Premier League status. Emre Can’s header opened Liverpool’s scoring spree as they deposit four past Adrian which saw them hit the century mark for the campaign. West Ham were outplayed in every department this afternoon by Liverpool as they collected three important points that now puts them second in the league.
Here are three talking points from the game.
Arnautovic silenced by Trent Alexander-Arnold
West Ham’s in form player Marko Arnautovic was kept at bay by Liverpool youngster Alexander-Arnold. The teenager’s pace and composure ensured that Liverpool nullified their possible threat in today’s encounter.
Known for his directness and powerful running, capable of causing problems for any defence, Alexander-Arnold ensured that Arnautovic had very little sniff of the goal. Despite spending a huge chunk of time in the attacking half, the youngster’s pace and energy ensured that his defensive duties were taken care of.
David Moyes’ defensive approach
Liverpool at Anfield are always expected to dominate possession. But an extremely defensive set up to the game right from the word go made things easier for Liverpool. The pressure piled up with each Liverpool attack which ultimately resulted in the defence being broken.
West Ham had some decent spells in the first half that saw Arnautovic hit the crossbar. Perhaps a more positive approach to the game could have tested Liverpool’s uncertainties at the back. It was more of the same in the second half as Liverpool created a number of chances against a team that sat deep hoping to keep The Reds at bay, but Jurgen Klopp’s men had other ideas.
Rise of Andrew Robertson
The left back position has been a worry for Liverpool for quite a long time. While many would have expected a big name singing for that problematic position, Jurgen Klopp planned differently. Purchased from Hull for a meagre fee, the Scottish international has adjusted brilliantly under Klopp’s system. The young full back is full of running proving to be a great asset while darting forward as well as being solid at the back.
Today’s game was a huge example of what Robertson offer the Anfield faithful. His forward running provided an extra dimension to Liverpool’s attack being a constant threat with his overlaps. His crossing was whipped in with pace, always a nightmare for defences. The aggression and commitment in his tackles made him an authoritative figure on the left side of the defence.