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Johnson Gets 8, Bowen With 7.5 | West Ham United Players Rated In Famous Win Vs Liverpool

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United entertained Liverpool at the London Stadium earlier this evening as they looked to earn a big win in the Premier League. The Hammers made a dream start to the contest as Alisson Becker scored an unfortunate own goal for Liverpool in the fourth minute. However, Trent Alexander-Arnold made things level in the contest when he scored with an excellent strike in the 41st minute. Both sides went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

Pablo Fornals regained West Ham’s lead in the 67th minute with a breakaway goal before Kurt Zouma doubled his team’s advantage with a good header from point-blank range just seven minutes later. Divock Origi scored a consolation goal for the Reds in the 83rd minute as the contest finished 3-2 in favour of the East London outfit.

Let’s take a look at how each West Ham player performed during the match against the Reds.

GK: Łukasz Fabiański – 6.5/10

The Polish keeper made a few solid saves to keep the Liverpool attackers frustrated. Still, he ended up conceding two goals which he couldn’t do much about.

RB: Ben Johnson – 8/10

He won a lot of 50-50 aerial battles and performed at a high level throughout the game. Johnson deserves the man of the match award for his incredible defensive performance.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10

Zouma cleared his lines when needed and scored the decisive third goal for West Ham which was enough in the end for his side to bag all three points.

CB: Angelo Ogbonna – 6/10

The Italian defender bullied Alisson Becker to force the ball in from an early corner. He got injured twice and went off in the first half.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Angelo Ogbonna, Said Benrahma, Kurt Zouma and Tomas Soucek of West Ham United celebrate their side’s first goal, an own goal by Alisson Becker of Liverpool (not pictured) during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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LB: Aaron Cresswell – 7/10

He did his best to stop Mohamed Salah from getting in behind him. Cresswell had to do a lot of defending this evening and mostly stood up to the test.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 6.5/10

Soucek tried his best to make life difficult for the Merseyside outfit at the centre of the park but offered very little going forward.

CM: Declan Rice – 6/10

Rice gave away a cheap freekick which Liverpool scored from in the first half. He struggled to get a foothold in the game but got bailed out by his teammates.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 7.5/10

He was always willing to make runs with the ball and picked up two good assists this evening.

CAM: Pablo Fornals – 7.5/10

The Spaniard broke away and managed to beat Alisson with a good finish in the 67th minute. He also created two good chances in the opposition half.

LW: Said Benrahma – 6.5/10

Benrahma gave Alexander-Arnold a few problems with his tidy link-up play. However, there was no goal for him today.

ST: Michail Antonio – 6/10

The English striker worked hard but often came up second-best to Virgil Van Dijk.


CB: Craig Dawson – 6/10

He gave away some cheap fouls which went unpunished. However, Dawson was strong in the air and made some crucial clearances at the back.

RB: Vladimír Coufal – N/A

Coufal hardly had any time to influence the game.

LB: Arthur Masuaku – N/A

He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.

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