Liverpool Held At Anfield By West Ham United

West Ham United visited Anfield today and came away with a point thanks to goals from Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio in the first half at Anfield.

West Ham United travelled to Anfield this weekend lying just one point off the bottom of the Premier League table, having collected just two points from their last five games.

Liverpool started the game seven points behind leaders Chelsea who earlier on in the day beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 thanks to a Diego Costa goal.

Joël Matip and Adam Lallana made their return to the starting line up with Emre Can missing out through a slight knock.

The home team started well, on the front foot, pressing and looking sharp after that calamity of a result last week.

Indeed it took only four minutes for Adam Lallana to open the scoring after he neatly controlled a cross from Sadio Mané in the box where he turned and steered a half volley beyond the dive of Darren Randolph. A neat finish after some good early pressure.

From that point Liverpool bossed the game and it looked like only a matter of time before the second goal would come. 

The only worrying sign was how Antonio was running after the long balls over the top of Dejan Lovren and Matip.

The second goal did come on 25 mins after Liverpool appeared to take their foot off the pedal, West Ham got a free kick about 25 yards out but right in centre of the goal and up stepped Dimitri Payet to do what he does best and curl the ball into the corner away from the diving Loris Karius who did manage to get a hand to it but was unable to keep Payet from scoring.

The home team did respond of sorts but now the visitors were in this game whereas before the goal they were onlookers.

Again on 38 minutes West Ham scored to take the lead and shock the Anfield faithful. Another long ball this time tipped on and into the path of Antonio leaving a twisted mess that was as Matip behind him run into the box and was able to poke the ball past the onrushing karius who in my opinion should have done a lot better after coming out so well to begin with.

A very soft goal to concede and Joël Matip did not cover himself at all well although he may have been wrong footed by the flick on.

Now it was audible how insensed the home crowd had become and the team tried to lift the game again and respond. Liverpool almost equalised on the stroke of half time, as Matip watched his glancing header from a corner rattle off the crossbar and away.

So losing by a goal at half time manager Jürgen Klopp acted to bring on Ragnar Klavan from the start of the second half in place of Dejan Lovren, who seemed to pick up an injury in the first half.

And almost straight acted way the game was squared up as Divock Origi stabbed in a goal from only a few yards out after Randolph came to collect a cross from Mané and made a mess of it dropping the ball at Origi’s feet.

The game now seemed to be just as the first half had gone. Liverpool were dominating the possession, making chances and pressing the Hammers back more and more but that final ball and a clinical pass would elude the home team for the rest of the game.

Georgino Winjaldum did push forward and get himself in some wonderful positions but was either blocked when he shot or failed to get that wee bit of space needed. 

Jordan Henderson also had a terrific long curling shot from all of 30 yards tipped around the post by the fantastic diving Randolph to deny him scoring what would have been the winning goal.

Andy Carroll came into the game on 62 minutes to try to win ball up top and keep some possession where possible but the game followed the same pattern.

Liverpool pushing hard with alot of touches in the opposition penalty area but always being crowded out at the final moment.

On 86 minutes West Ham again played a long cross field ball in behind our defence this time for Andy Carroll to challenge for but he was well matched as Loris Karius came out again and pinched away over the head of Carroll to safety.

This game was over and another two points dropped making it five points dropped from seemingly winning positions in the last week alone.

Title contenders? I’m not sure just now as we are leaking goals at an alarming rate just now to weaker teams and not being away lone bless to put them away like we were earlier in this campaign.

No doubt Matip will get some flack for his mistake leading to the second goal as will Karius albeit to a lesser extent maybe for his effort to save the free kick from Payet.

It seems teams just now are able to score against us with minimal effort and convert from the few good chances they do get in a game which we usually totally dominate.

Worrying signs for Jürgen Klopp going into a week that sees Liverpool cross the park for the first derby of the season.

Written by StephenKing75

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