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Matip And Gakpo Get 8 | Liverpool Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs West Ham United

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Liverpool faced off against West Ham United at the London Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a positive result on the road in the Premier League. The Reds made a decent start to the game but conceded the opening goal in the 12th minute when Lucas Paqueta scored with a good strike from long range. However, Cody Gakpo equalised for the Merseyside club with an excellent finish just six minutes later. Both teams went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

Joel Matip scored the only goal of the second half as he scored with a bullet header in the 67th minute as the contest finished 2-1 in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player fared during the match against the Hammers.

GK: Alisson Becker – 6.5/10

Alisson had to make just one save in the game but couldn’t do much about Lucas Paqueta’s finish in the first half.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was lively going forward. Alexander-Arnold ended the game with an assist to his name.

CB: Joel Matip – 8/10

Matip dealt with the danger when needed and ended up scoring the match-winner with a bullet header in the second half.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 7.5/10

The Dutch talent made a lot of important clearances at the back and did enough to restrict the opposition to just one goal.

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LB: Andrew Robertson – 7.5/10

He performed his defensive duties well and had a good game on the left flank.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

Henderson worked hard and engineered some decent chances in the final third.

CM: Fabinho – 7.5/10

He anchored the midfield really well and had a bright game in the West Ham half.

CM: Curtis Jones – 7/10

Jones kept the ball moving with conviction in the final third and created some inviting chances for his teammates.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 6.5/10

Salah caused some headaches for his marker but failed to get his name on the scoresheet.

ST: Cody Gakpo – 8/10

The Dutch talent had a few bright moments in the game and scored the opening goal with a decent strike in the first half.

LW: Diogo Jota – 6/10

Jota squandered some decent chances to score in the first half and was substituted in the 58th minute.


LW: Luis Diaz – 7/10

He made an instant impact off the bench.

CM: Thiago Alcantara – 6/10

The Spaniard was fortunate not to give away a penalty.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 6/10

He added some pace to Jurgen Klopp’s attack.

CM: James Milner – N/A

The veteran midfielder hardly had any time to make an impact.

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