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Rice Gets 7.5, Zouma With 7 | West Ham United Players Rated In Tough Loss Vs Liverpool

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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.

West Ham United entertained Liverpool at the London Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to secure a win at home in the Premier League. The Hammers made a solid start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 12th minute thanks to Lucas Paqueta’s effort from long range. However, Cody Gakpo equalised for the Reds with a decent finish just six minutes later. West Ham managed to get to the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

Joel Matip ended up netting the winner for Liverpool in the 67th minute as the contest finished with David Moyes’ men suffering a tough 2-1 loss in front of their home fans.

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

GK: Lukasz Fabianski – 6/10

He made a couple of solid saves at the back but failed to keep a clean sheet in both halves.

RB: Vladimir Coufal – 6.5/10

He earned the ball back twice and was a strong presence in the air.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10

The French talent gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and made one good run with the ball.

CB: Nayef Aguerd – 6.5/10

He did his fair share of defending but it was not enough in the end.

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West Ham United’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta (L) celebrates with West Ham United’s English midfielder Michail Antonio after scoring his team first goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at the London Stadium, in London on April 26, 2023. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Aaron Cresswell – 6.5/10

He managed to keep Mohamed Salah quiet for most of the contest.

CM: Tomas Soucek – 6.5/10

Soucek anchored the midfield well but was wasteful in the opponent’s half.

CM: Declan Rice – 7.5/10

Rice offered adequate protection for his teammates at the back and was a great presence on the ball as well.

RW: Jarrod Bowen – 6/10

His pace caused a few problems for the Liverpool defenders. However, Bowen failed to score tonight.

CAM: Lucas Paqueta – 7/10

He got stuck in with a few crunching tackles and scored his team’s only goal with a good strike in the first half.

LW: Said Benrahma – 7/10

Benrahma caused some problems for the visitors on the left flank but lacked quality in the final third.

ST: Michail Antonio – 6.5/10

He worked his socks off in the Liverpool half and picked up an assist for setting up Paqueta’s goal.


ST: Danny Ings – 6/10

Ings struggled to be a threat up top.

LW: Maxwel Cornet – 6/10

He didn’t have his shooting boots on.

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