Liverpool cruised to another resounding victory as they crushed West Ham 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday. It was always going to be tricky having won comfortably against Norwich in midweek, to be able to put in another big performance. But Brendan Rodger’s men seem to be buzzing right now and long may this form continue.
West Ham came out to Anfield to frustrate Liverpool and they managed to do that for large periods of the first half until they were finally outdone by an own goal just before the break. A second for Liverpool early in the second half seemed to put the game to bed but thanks to some sloppy defending, West Ham got one back through a Skrtel own goal. There were some nervy moments when West Ham scored but thanks to Suarez Liverpool went 3-1 and the game was sealed with a fourth.
It was a very good team performance by Liverpool and it was highlighted by the way the team worked so hard and were pressing West Ham all the time. I recall a moment in the 89th minute when the Hammers had the ball but Coutinho and Suarez were still running and pressing as if it were the first minute.
There are many contenders for the man of the match award for this game. Starting with Mamadou Sakho who started due to Daniel Agger being ruled out through illness. The giant French defender was a beast at the back, winning everything on the ground and in the air couple with some telling interceptions. Sakho rounded it off with his first Liverpool goal, although some may say it was an own goal.
Joe Allen also deserves a mention as he looked good in midfield and seems to have recovered from the horror miss against Everton. Could he be set to take over from Lucas in the long run? Raheem Sterling had one of his best games in a Liverpool shirt. Yes, he missed a sitter but he never stopped running and getting himself into telling positions. His pace is a big asset to the side and he now just needs to work on his finishing and that will come with confidence. Finally, you can not forget Luis Suarez. The man of the moment got yet another goal, or two if he is credited with Liverpool’s fourth.
It will not be easy but let us see who you pick as the Man of the Match for this one:
Mamadou Sakho was definitely MOTM. Liverpool shouldn’t drop him now even if Agger starts saying things to Denmark radio stations about leaving. Agger is a good defender and a great man but isn’t good in the air and sometimes isn’t strong enough against big players.