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EPL: West Ham 2-0 Liverpool - Player Ratings

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Liverpool lost 2-0 to West Ham United at Upton Park, with goals coming from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll. The Hammers took the lead in the 10th minute from Antonio’s header, and former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll scored from a thumping header just ten minutes after the break. Liverpool struggled all evening against a West Ham side that looked physically stronger. We take a look at the individual player ratings from the game at Upton Park.

West Ham United

Adrian – 8/10

Adrian was hardly tested by the Liverpool attackers, but looked calm and composed throughout the game.

James Tomkins – 8/10

Tomkins was defensively solid throughout the game, but didn’t do much going forward. Though he did really well to contain the likes of Ibe and Lallana later in the game.

James Collins – 8/10

Collins came up with a match winning performance, and was solid at the back. It looked like nothing is going to get past him today, and also gave no room to Liverpool attackers inside the penalty box. 

Angelo Ogbonna – 7/10

Ogbonna did well to support Collins, and was particularly impressive in the air. He made a couple of good tackles to keep a clean sheet for his team.

Aaron Cresswell – 8/10

Aaron Creswell was solid at right back for West Ham United, and kept the likes of Ibe and Clyne quite throughtout the game. He also came close to scoring in the first half of the game, but was denied by Mignolet.

Cheikhou Kouyate – 7/10

Kouyate was solid in the midfield, and won few crucial aerial duels and tackles. He hardly gave any space to the likes of Coutinho and Firmino to make an impact.

Lanzini – 7/10

Hit the woodwork in the 16th minute from a brilliant effort, and looked lively before he was substituted in the 39th minute due to an injury.

Mark Noble – 8/10

Mark Noble made a brilliant cross for West Ham’s second goal, which Andy Carroll scored. His work rate was impressive, and controlled the game from the midfield. Noble also cleared Lucas’s header off the line in the second half. 

Michail Antonio – 8/10

Antonio troubled the Liverpool defenders throughout the game, and did brilliantly to beat Clyne to head in the first goal from Valencia’s sublime cross. He was West Ham’s best player on the pitch.

Enner Valencia – 7/10

Valencia looked very lively, and made few great runs. He caused panic in the Liverpool defense, and put in a brilliant cross for West Ham’s first goal.

Andy Carroll – 8/10

The former Liverpool striker was waiting for the right chance, and did brilliantly when it arrived. Carroll scored from a thumping header in the second half to extend West Ham’s lead.


Dmitiri Payet – 6/10

Came on the 64th minute to replace Valencia, and had a couple of good moments.

Pedro Obiang – 7/10

Came on for Lanzini in the 34th minute, and looked really strong in the midfield. He was calm and composed on the ball, and did a lot of work defensively.

Carl Jenkinson – N/A

Came on too late to make an impact



Simon Mignolet – 6/10

Mignolet conceded from two headers which he couldn’t have done much about, he made a good double save in the second half to deny Noble and Carroll. Also made a brilliant save to deny Kouyate very late in the game.

Nathaniel Clyne – 5/10

Clyne should have done much better for West Ham’s first goal, which Antonio scored. He was also easily beaten by Carroll for West Ham’s second goal. Clyne also did very little going forward, and could have easily done much better.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

Lovren after keeping back to back clean sheets really struggled against Andy Carroll today, and wasn’t strong aerially either. 

Mamadou Sakho – 5/10

Sakho looked out of position a few times, and should have done much better coming up against Carroll. 

Alberto Moreno – 5/10

Moreno stayed down for too long after a tackle on him showing no determination to win the ball back, and the Hammers eventually scored from it. He was troubled all evening by Antonio, and was substituted around the hour mark.

Emre Can – 6/10

Emre Can hit the woodwork from outside the box just before half-time, but failed to make an impact in the first half of the game.

Lucas Leiva – 4/10

Lucas Leiva does very little to make any sort of an impact in the midfield. He is immobile, which lets opponents players dominate the midfield easily.

Jordon Ibe – 5/10

Ibe was brought in for Lallana, but failed to make an impact and struggled regularly against Cresswell. 

Roberto Firmino – 5/10

Roberto Firmino had a couple of good moments in the game, but was invisible for most of the game. The Brazilian struggled to make an impact and lost the ball too often.

Philippe Coutinho – 4/10

Coutinho has been awful since returning from his injury, and that was the case against West Ham too. He wasted possession in the attacking third by taking shots from outside the box, and his passing was not up to the mark either.

Christian Benteke – 5/10

His work rate and off the ball movement has been a worry, and it was easy to see that again, but he wasn’t supported well by his teammate too. Benteke was caught offside too often, and should do better to control his runs.


Brad Smith – 6/10

Came on for Alberto Moreno around the hour mark, and looked lively. He impressed with his crossing abilities, and looked like someone Jurgen Klopp can use more often in the upcoming games.

Adam Lallana – 6/10

Lallana was brilliant after coming on, and his work rate was particularly impressive. He also put in a couple of decent corner to cause trouble for West Ham’s defense.

Joe Allen – N/A

Came on too late to make an impact.

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