Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham
Liverpool made a rampart start to the 2018-19 Premier League season with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United at Anfield this afternoon.
Jürgen Klopp’s side had been well on top before Mohamed Salah tapped them in front after 19 minutes. Sadio Mané seemingly killed the match off in first half stoppage time by scoring in the first game of the season for a third successive season, making it 2-0.
The Senegalese scored his second goal of the game less than 10 minutes into the second half, though replays show Mané should have been flagged for offside.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge had only been on the pitch for 24 seconds when he headed home at the back post from a corner. The score certainly wasn’t unfair.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United:
Alisson 6 – The Brazilian goalkeeper had virtually nothing to do on his Liverpool debut.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 8 – Dealt with Felipe Anderson very well aside from picking up a yellow card for catching him in the face. Trent Alexander-Arnold put some nice-looking crosses into the box from deep but teammates rarely got on the end of them. Forced a save out of Łukasz Fabiański from a direct free kick.
Virgil van Dijk 7 – Marko Arnautović had two half chances in the first half, otherwise a comfortable afternoon for the two Liverpool centre-backs.
Joe Gomez 7 – The youngster made a couple of tackles and clearances but the home side dominated possession and territory.
Andy Robertson 8 – Gave his teammates some width down the left and setup a goal. Michail Antonio offered more threat down the left in his brief spell over there than against Andy Robertson.
James Milner 8 – Saw more of the ball than any other player on the pitch today in helping to start attacks. Created a few chances as well.
Georginio Wijnaldum 7 – Couldn’t find the target with any of his three efforts on goal but rarely conceded possession in centre midfield.
Naby Keïta 8 – Energetic display from the midfielder who played some good passes and made the odd run at the West Ham defence.
Mohamed Salah 8 – Opened the scoring for Liverpool and was a good threat down the right wing. Arthur Masuaku did do better against the Egyptian than we had been expecting pre-game but still couldn’t stop last season’s Golden Boot winner.
Roberto Firmino 8 – Didn’t actually test the goalkeeper himself but Roberto Firmino was excellent in the build up play and grabbed an assist.
Sadio Mané 9 – Two goals from the forward who killed the game off with the second and third. West Ham’s high defensive line really struggled with Sadio Mané, particularly Ryan Fredericks at right-back.
Jordan Henderson (33 mins) 6 – Came on to give Firmino a rest and looked after the ball well.
Xherdan Shaqiri (10 mins) N/A – Late run out for his Liverpool debut but nothing of note from Xherdan Shaqiri.
Daniel Sturridge (5 mins) N/A – Scored with his first touch and barely had time to make another.
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