After an eternity awaiting a Liverpool game following the demolition of Porto in Portugal. Liverpool fans anxiously awaited the return of their beloved Reds. They didn’t disappoint as they repeated the same 4-1 scoreline from earlier on this season as they beat West Ham at Anfield. An impressive performance from front to back saw Liverpool come away with all three points. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with the winners and loser as Liverpool scored their 100th goal of the season.
Second in the table? Sweet.
WINNER: James Milner
Statistically, James Milner was probably man of the match against West Ham. He put in an absolute mammoth shift against the Hammers. 89 successful passes and he took a few really tough challenges in the first half without making too much of a fuss. He was everywhere throughout the entirety of the game. Yes, he does all of the boring stuff in the midfield but he does it so well that it normally goes scarily unnoticed.
I’m glad many people have called him out for the class performance that he put in today and he really does deserve the credit for how class he was.
LOSER: David Moyes
Another Anfield thrashing for a Moyes team, he really seems to have absolutely no clue how to deal with Liverpool whenever his sides come up against us. An aggregate of 8-2 over this season’s games and no progress being made in London it’s really quite hilarious how he manages to keep cocking up against the Reds.
WINNER: Andy Robertson
The young Scot was once again tremendous down the left as he put Pablo Zabaleta and Joao Mario to shame. His crossing, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold’s was utter class and his dribbling is a thing of beauty. He got his name on the goals responsible for list as well with an assist for Sadio Mane’s goal following some lovely connection play with Roberto Firmino.
LOSER: Patrice Evra
First Premier League game in four years and he gets absolutely embarrassed by Mo Salah. Granted there was some majorly insensitivity from a large portion of Liverpool fans, just days after Roberto Firmino was cleared of racism by the FA and during the game dedicated to the KickItOut campaign.
But that aside, Evra had a shocker of a game, winning ONE tackle during the entire 90 minutes and got bossed about by Mo Salah. In theory Evra should have expected it after playing against the Egyptian when the Frenchman was at Juventus.
WINNER: The World Of Football
That’s how many goals Liverpool have scored in all competitions this season. 103 goals over the four competitions that Liverpool have competed in. With this being the first time since 13/14 that they have managed to get past a tonne in terms of goalscoring, and it’s only February!
The Reds are beautiful to watch and the world of football really are winners as they get to watch us play week in, week out.
LOSER: Simon Mignolet
Loris Karius is firmly Liverpool’s number one for the foreseeable. Until the summer at least and he has firmly proved that he deserves to be in that position based on his most recent performances.
Everyone was always scared when Migs was in net, they were always terrified that a mistake was inevitable and the same can be said of Karius for the longest time but things are starting to change.
Karius couldn’t really do anything about the goal today and the German made a couple of excellent saves in the process. I feel for Mignolet, but the writing is seemingly on the wall. He’s taking it all very professionally and he has been acting much in the way of Mamadou Sakho when he was condemned to never play for the Reds again. Posting training videos and gym etc.
WINNER: Virgil van Dijk
£75m well spent. The big Dutchman put in another solid performance against West Ham. Winning seven aerial duels in the game. (More than any other player). Not only is he a boss defender, pinging the ball diagonally from the back up to one of our wingers is one of the more satisfying things to see happen on the pitch.
Not only that, he has seemingly sured us up defensively. I feel like his mere presence is good enough for everyone at the back to feel confident. Yeah, we conceded but that was a momentary lapse of judgement from Emre Can and Andy Robertson bombing forward expecting the ball that lead to Michail Antonio scoring.
Newcastle at home next.