After a good performance at the Emirates, Brendan Rodgers continued with the same lineup as West Ham visited Anfield for what was the home debut for Roberto Firmino, while James Milner filled in the captain’s position in absence of Jordan Henderson who is was unable to make a full recovery after picking up a knock in the last game.
The game got off to a terrible start for the home side as Manuel Lanzini scored 3 minutes into the game. And soon enough, the visitors doubled their lead when Mark Noble slotted the ball into the bottom right corner from center of the box after a continued spell of pressure.
In less than 10 minutes into the second half, Philippe Coutinho picked up his second yellow card (harshly I might say as the the player seemed to bump into him) after first getting just before half time. That dismissal essentially put the nail in the coffin for Reds’ confidence and the game was huff and puff affair with intermittent bursts of attacks from our side – needless to say, none of them materialized into a clear opportunity.
The Referee leveled the red card count when Noble was booked (again, for a challenge which really didn’t deserve a straight red) after having already blown the whistle for a West Ham free-kick (at the edge of their own penalty box) as he deemed it to be too strong. However, the momentum of the game didn’t change much as we failed to create little to any chances to make a comeback.
While defence has really proved to be a weak point for us, with just Benteke playing upfront, at home, and even after being 2-0 down really sparks the question of our attacking intent.
And into stoppage time, Diafra Sakho puts the game to rest (as if there was any doubt – even with 7 minutes added on) by capitalizing on some defensive slip-ups (nothing new here) to end the game with the final scoreline of Liverpool 0-3 West Ham United.
Needless to say, worst thing that could have happened to us going into the game with Manchester United. Rodgers out? It appears his Fergie time is on and he would soon run out of it if such appalling performances continue.