West Ham stuns Liverpool to place third

This was West Ham’s first win against Liverpool since he managed the league double over them in 2015-16.

West Ham stunned Liverpool by securing a huge victory that put them above their opponents in third place in the Premier League and undermined the Reds’ title hopes.

Liverpool entered this game looking to set a new club record of 26 unbeaten league matches, as well as earn a victory that moved them to second place and one point behind leaders Chelsea.

But they were left behind early on when Alisson, under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna, flapped into Pablo Fornals’ corner and only managed to help the ball into its own goal.

Both sides were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men in a hectic first half, with Aaron Cresswell catching Jordan Henderson with a strong challenge before Ogbonna was hit in the face by a missed elbow from Diogo Jota that sent the defender back. West Ham had to be replaced.

But a quality moment four minutes before half-time put Liverpool up to the challenge when Trent Alexander-Arnold connected with a great shot from a short free kick to Mohamed Salah.

Craig Dawson hit the wood with a header from a corner for West Ham after the break before Lukasz Fabianski held off Sadio Mane’s fierce volley superbly from close range.

But West Ham regained the lead midway through the second half when Fornals slipped on goal and Alisson was unable to keep his low shot.

That goal caused the London Stadium to erupt into a deafening noise, which was made even louder when Kurt Zouma headed in a corner minutes later.

Divock Origi swept through the corner in a second to give Liverpool hope of salvaging something, but West Ham held the nerve to take all three points.

The Hammers are third, tied at 23 points with second place Manchester City, and three points behind leaders Chelsea. Liverpool, meanwhile, falls to fourth place with 22 points.

Defensive lapses cost the Reds

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant goal had leveled Liverpool before West Ham took control in the second half

It has been a week of mixed emotions for Liverpool fans, culminating in a striking 2-0 win against Atlético de Madrid that ensured progression to the knockout phase of the Champions League midweek, between two disappointing Premier League results.

The Reds blew away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to Brighton last Saturday and the trip to West Ham offered an opportunity for Jurgen Klopp’s team to quickly regain their title challenge.

They entered the game after a long undefeated league streak and a record for away free goals, having scored at least three goals in each of their five Premier League away games before the trip to West Ham.

This was a strange game where they could easily have kept that record, as they scored two real quality goals, while Mane really should have managed a third in the closing seconds with a header that went wide.

But on the defensive they were disappointing. While there were question marks as to how much Alisson was prevented for the opener, the Brazil keeper really should have done better with West Ham’s second, but allowed Fornals’ shot to overtake him.

That sparked a period where West Ham broke their lines on several occasions as Liverpool struggled to cope with excellent counterattack from the hosts.

It was a disappointing result for the Reds, but they will at least accept that they were beaten by genuine rivals by the top four.

True West Ham contenders at home and abroad

David Moyes has done wonders since returning to West Ham two years ago, turning them from relegation candidates to a team that now has aspirations to play Champions League football.

But this was possibly one of the most striking results of the former Manchester United manager’s tenure.

Once again, they showed the characteristics for which they have been renowned under the Scotsman: a disciplined defense coupled with a devastatingly fast and precise attack on the counterattack.

Liverpool have proven to be a ghost side for West Ham in recent years, winning eight and drawing two of their 10 meetings before Sunday’s game, but rarely did the Reds seem to extend that unbeaten streak in this game.

Now it’s four straight league wins for Moyes’ team and with the Hammers also reaching the Carabao Cup quarter-finals and Europa League knockout stages, fans can dream of more magical moments to come this season.

Man of the match

ZoumaKurt zouma

West Ham United

  1. Squad number4Player’s nameZouma

  2. Squad numbertwentyPlayer’s nameBowen

  3. Squad number8Player’s nameFornals

  4. Squad number9Player’s nameAntonio

  5. Squad number41Player’s nameRice

  6. Squad numberfifteenPlayer’s nameDawson

  7. Squad number22Player’s nameBenrahma

  8. Squad number3Player’s nameCresswell

  9. Squad number31Player’s nameJohnson

  10. Squad number28Player’s nameSoucek

  11. Squad number5Player’s nameCoufal

  12. Squad numbertwenty-onePlayer’s nameOgbonna

  13. Squad number1Player’s nameFabianski

  14. Squad number26Player’s nameMasuaku


West Ham

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 31Johnson
  • 4Zouma
  • twenty-oneOgbonnaReplaced forDawsonto 22 ‘minutes
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28SoucekReserved at 45 minutes
  • 41Rice
  • twentyBowenReplaced forCoufalto 84 ‘minutes
  • 8Fornals
  • 22BenrahmaReplaced forMasuakuto 86 ‘minutes
  • 9Antonio


  • 5Coufal
  • 10Lanzini
  • 13Areola
  • fifteenDawson
  • sixteenNoble
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 26Masuaku
  • 33Král


Training 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldReserved at 55 minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14Henderson
  • 3FabinhoReplaced forMinaminoto 80 ‘minutes
  • fifteenOxlade-ChamberlainReplaced forThiago Alcantarato 69 ‘minutes
  • elevenSalah
  • twentyJotReplaced forOrigito 76 ‘minutes
  • 10Mane


  • 5Konate
  • 6Thiago Alcantara
  • 18Minamino
  • twenty-oneTsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
  • 80Morton

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