West Ham 2-3 Liverpool – Reds On The Rise

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

By Jonathan Carroll

Without Luis Suarez and away from home, Brendan Rodgers knew this day would come following the clubs inability to sign goalscorers in the summer. With an already depleted first team, young, inexperienced and with a serious lack of depth at most positions, the task was steep. What isn’t taken into consideration is the fact improvement occurs in developing players. First team football for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and “Suso” has seen them improve and catch the eye at the same time.

Sunday at Upton park it was Shelvey most of all who stole the headlines. Given the task of playing the “false nine” in place of Luis Suarez, the twenty-year old showed talent on the ball and tactical awareness in his movement off it. The recent return of Lucas Leiva has also helped steer Liverpool in the right direction with the defensive midfielder again showing how important he is to the Anfield side with a dynamic display against Sam Allardyce’s men.

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

The Merseysider’s  found themselves one nil up after Glen Johnson cut in from the right and unleashed a rocket from the top of the eighteen yard box. The right back was bought by Rafael Benitez and has the knack of scoring a couple of important goals throughout the season. West Ham drew level after Mark Noble dispatched a penalty following referee Lee Probert’s decision to give a spot kick for handball against Joe Allen when it seemed the Welshman could do little about it. The Hammers went ahead with an own goal from Steven Gerrard who was caught the wrong side of his man and could only head past Pepe Reina. Gerrard has been a constant under performer this season and the captain’s place needs to be questioned moving forward.

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

West Ham continued to put Liverpool under pressure when on the ball. Rodgers needed to take action in order to turn the scoreline around and the substitution of Jordan Henderson for Lucas seemed to light the fuse. The visitors kept plugging away and got their just rewards when former hammer Joe Cole finished smartly with his left foot following great interplay before Sterling played him in. Jordan Henderson was instrumental in helping Liverpool show more attacking venture as the second half wore on. It was Henderson himself who provided the cross which was turned home by James Collins when under pressure from Jonjo Shelvey.

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

The late onslaught of high balls from Allardyce’s men was expected and easily dealt with by Rodgers who brought on Sebastian Coates to help out. Three points away from home after trailing is something that Liverpool havent experienced since Bolton away in 2009. With two home games upcoming Rodgers will need to keep his players focused on continuing to improve and most importantly take three points from games they dominate.

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

Fenway Sports Group are about to be well and truly under the spotlight as the January transfer window approaches. Reinforcements are needed, quality ones at that. The current team consists of too much mediocrity at the moment. However most football supporters have yet to answer the question of how a team without Champions League football can tempt top class players to play for them without paying the player the gross domestic product of a small country.

Photo courtesy of http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

 

Signs are that new signings may be young and English, judgement needs to be postponed until the transfer window is shut on whether FSG are the right people in charge of Liverpool Football Club. If Brendan Rodgers manages to keep this team close to the top four up until then the man deserves credit for working with the bare essentials of what resembles a squad. Going on todays performance of Lee Probert its going to take someone in a Liverpool jersey getting decapitated in order to win a penalty.

West Ham United

  • 22 Jaaskelainen – 6
  • 02 Reid – 6
  • 17 O’Brien – 5
  • 19 Collins – 5
  • 20 Demel – 5 (McCartney – 46′ ) – 6
  • 04 Nolan – 6
  • 07 Jarvis – 5
  • 14 Taylor – 6(Booked) (Maiga – 86′ )
  • 16 Noble – 7
  • 21 Diame – 8 (Tomkins – 73′ )
  • 09 Cole – 5

Substitutes

  • 30 Spiegel
  • 03 McCartney
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 27 Spence
  • 32 O’Neil
  • 42 Moncur
  • 11 Maiga

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 03 Jose Enrique (Cole – 27′ ) – 7
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 6
  • 08 Gerrard – 3 (Booked)
  • 19 Downing – 5
  • 21 Lucas – 7 (Henderson – 71′ )
  • 24 Allen – 5 (Coates – 86′ )
  • 31 Sterling – 6
  • 33 Shelvey Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 10 Cole
  • 14 Henderson
  • 30 Suso
  • 50 Morgan
Referee:  Lee Probert
Attendance: 35,005
Match Statistics
West Ham                                    Liverpool
Possession                           50%                                             50%
Shots                                      9                                                  16
Shots on target                       6                                                   8
Corners                                  2                                                   5
Advertisements

One thought on “West Ham 2-3 Liverpool – Reds On The Rise

  1. Pingback: FA Cup Third Round Preview: Mansfield Town v Liverpool | The Red Letter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s