Player ratings as Mohamed Salah inspires Reds to victory
A stunning brace from Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool secure a 3-0 victory over West Ham and climb to third in the Premier League table.
After a calm first half, the game came to life with Michail Antonio shooting largely from inside the box. West Ham were forced to regret the missed opportunity minutes later when substitute Curtis Jones handed the ball over to Salah, who danced through the Hammers defense and curled up in the top corner.
Liverpool then doubled their advantage with an even better goal. Salah was once again the hero, perfectly taking the cross from Xherdan Shaqiri before pushing Lukasz Fabianski to complete a perfect counterattack.
Substitute Roberto Firmino was instrumental as the Reds grabbed a third six minutes from time, playing a nice brace before finding an unmarked Georginio Wijnaldum who slammed the house. West Ham then grabbed a consolation with Craig Dawson converting from a corner.
Here are your Hammers and Reds player notes from the London Stadium…
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 5/10 – No luck thanks to Salah’s excellent finishes. His long death was not the best.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – 6/10 – Not so influential in the attack phase. Read things well defensively.
Craig Dawson (CB) – 7/10 – gratefully gobbled up most of Liverpool’s long balls, winning five jumps in total. He also started West Ham’s best shot of the game with an excellent tackle and scored a consolation goal.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 5/10 – Not the best outing. Salah seemed to be targeting him throughout.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – 5/10 – perhaps could have shown Salah more effectively for the opening goal. Also misjudged things for the second of the Reds.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 6/10 – Not much to report. West Ham’s botched routine in the first half frustrated the air-dominated Czech.
Declan Rice (CM) – 5/10 – It was not his day. Struggled to keep Liverpool from playing around him and mislaid quite a few passes.
Said Benrahma (AM) – 6/10 – Showed its quality with a few neat films and passes very early. Faded severely as things progressed
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – 6/10 – I did a lot of defensive work to keep Robertson quiet. Given little chances in the last third.
Michail Antonio (ST) – 5/10 – Missed a golden opportunity just after the break. Had a hard time winning against Phillips.
Pablo Fornals (LW) – 4/10 – Minimal involvement. Rightly replaced in the second half.
Andriy Yarmolenko – 5/10 – Had very little impact after arriving.
Mark Noble – 5/10 – hasn’t done much either.
Ryan Fredericks – 5/10 – As above.
Alisson (GK) – 7/10 – Solid when called upon and also swept a few long balls.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 7/10 – Long passes weren’t always the best, but his outball started the movement that led to the second goal. Also well defended.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) – 8/10 – A superb defensive header in the first half completed a fine performance. His good display continued after the break, and he finished with four clearances.
Jordan Henderson (CB) – 7/10 – His long passes over the summit posed a real threat in the second half. Generally solid all over.
Andy Robertson (LB) – 7/10 – Cleared an off line in the first half. Not quite as influential in the last third as we know we can be.
James Milner (CM) – 6/10 – The 35-year-old looked a bit leggy. However, always put an acceptable change.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 7/10 – A little too conservative in his passage in the first half. Greatly improved after the break and rewarded with a goal.
Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 7/10 – Some unnecessary fouls could have cost his team. Classy on the ball, as usual.
Xherdan Shaqiri (AM) – 7/10 – He was too passive in the first half. Compensated for this with a perfect cross for Salah’s second goal.
Divock Origi (ST) – 6/10 – Did good runs in the first half but was not found by his teammates. Guilty of a savage shootout.
Mohamed Salah (ST) – 9/10 – Mo Salah, little dancer. His two goals brought him back to his driving best.
Curtis Jones – 7/10 – Assisted Salah’s goals seconds after arriving.
Roberto Firmino – 7/10 – Had an immediate impact by defining the third goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10 – Also involved in the third objective. Not bad for a 10 minute shift.