Heading into West Ham’s tie with Liverpool on Monday evening, it’s fair to say that most Hammers weren’t likely to be very confident. After all, we’ve had a poor few weeks, and the Reds have been in great form.
However, as they often do, for better or worse, West Ham were able to surprise everyone with their performance – eventually managing to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.
We were very good value for the point, and you could even argue that we deserved to win the game based on merit.
Chowdhury wrote: ‘The best defence in the league looked amateurish at London Stadium, as they repeatedly failed to track runners from free-kicks. Antonio was the first to catch the Reds napping as they appeared set for Anderson to play a high ball into the area. Instead the Brazilian sent a low pass into the path of the English winger’s diagonal run and Antonio fired past Allison.’
He continued: ‘The jolt should have made the visitors wary of a repeat, but soon after the goal they experienced further lapses when Anderson was allowed to slip around the side of a wall and get a shot away while Declan Rice also headed over when unmarked.’
Certainly, we haven’t looked particularly great going forward at points this season, but the talent is clear for all to see; and we made it count on Monday.
Sure, the Reds weren’t at their best, but the Hammers deserve credit for their performance, and it’s clear that Manuel Pellegrini set the team up very well for the task at hand.
Michail Antonio will get all the plaudits, but it was a team effort, and everyone played their part. It didn’t lead to a win this time, but if we continue to play like that all season, we’ll be in a much better place come the end of May.
We’re looking forward to our next game already.