Liverpool player ratings vs West Ham: Phillips 8, Firmino lifeless

Liverpool, Diogo Jota (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool, Diogo Jota (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Here are the Liverpool player ratings as the Reds beat West Ham.

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah scored as Jurgen Klopp watched his team come from behind to beat the Hammers and maintain their Anfield winning record.

Liverpool have now gone 63 games without losing at home, and thus equalled an all-time club record.

The Reds struggled for fluency once again and went behind thanks to Pablo Fornals, who is in good form after he smashed home an unbelievable equaliser for the Hammers against Tottenham Hotspur.

Nathaniel Phillips was handed a surprise debut and he played really well. Conventional wisdom said Rhys Williams would be handed his top flight bow following two good performances in the Champions League, but Klopp threw in a curveball and it worked.

Roberto Firmino’s struggles continued while Jota came off the bench to bag another winner. The Portuguese international has turned into a real game changer and his impact is a sign of how impressive sporting director Michael Edwards’ performance in the transfer market has been.

Alisson was back in goal so let’s kick the ratings off with him.

Alisson Becker, Liverpool
Alisson Becker, Liverpool (Photo by Jon Super – Pool/Getty Images) /

Liverpool player ratings: Goalkeeper and defenders

Alisson (6/10) The Brazilian could have played better against West Ham and was a little slow in reacting to Fornals for the opener. Apart from that small blemish, he was in good form.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7/10) Alexander-Arnold was good going forward but could have done better from set-pieces. The Hammers are good out wide and the right-back was strong in defense as well. Another excellent performance.

Joe Gomez (6/10) As the last remaining senior centre-back, Gomez has got a lot on his plate and he could have done better on Saturday. His poor header led to the first goal of the game and he could have commanded the game better.

Nathaniel Phillips (8/10) A surprise start, Phillips did really well and could have earned his place in the Liverpool side going forward. He made a big, booming header early on that settled the nerves and didn’t complicate things in possesion.

Andy Robertson (7/10) Much like Alexander-Arnold, Robertson was solid going forward and in defence. We’re back to seeing the best, most consistent side of the Scotsman – who might need to be looked after in case we burn him out.

Liverpool, Curtis Jones
Liverpool, Curtis Jones (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /

Liverpool player ratings: Midfielders

Gini Wijnaldum (7/10) Wijnaldum was back in the side after his 45 minutes during the week and looked to do the most Gini things ever. He got through loads of work, got forward well in the second half and was tidy in possession.

Jordan Henderson (6/10) Henderson was a little bit off the pace today, and could have done better with his positioning for the first goal. One tame effort at goal summed up his energy moving forward, however a sublime pass to Robbo reminded us of his range.

Curtis Jones (6/10) Another start for Jones is good to see and the youngster is getting to grooves with his midfield role. He’s confident, demands the ball and doesn’t let much get under his skin. His role was largely creative, and that was a bit tricky for Jones, but their are promising signs with this player.

Liverpool, Mo Salah
Liverpool, Mo Salah (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Liverpool player ratings: Forwards

Mohamed Salah (7/10) He’s been Liverpool’s most threatening forward this season and this was another excellent performance from the Egyptian. Salah scored the winner and gave Aaron Cresswell an incredibly hard time.

Roberto Firmino (4/10) Klopp refuses to say a bad word about Firmino but he must be starting to think about leaving him out the side for Jota. He’s looking tired, and as This Is Anfield said, ‘lifeless’.

Sadio Mane (6/10) No goal for Mane today but his direct running caused West Ham problems and he was lively throughout without having too much of a direct threat.