LIVERPOOL 2 – 0 WEST HAM
The Reds fans at Anfield and around the world are happy today as we claimed victory in our fortress once again.
The game was quite physical and took longer than 45 minutes to get started for Liverpool – the first half didn’t feel anywhere near as wonderful as the second.
The manager had led up to this game by confirming he would be using Daniel Sturridge but when we saw the team sheet, he was only to be a substitute (and fans had been wanting and expecting him to start). Steven Gerrard would also be watching from the sidelines as he was not picked to be part of the squad at all.
Jordan Ibe would also be named in the squad and eventually replaced Coutinho near the end of the game and played just less than a quarter of an hour at the manager’s request.
The first half was end to end football, Liverpool did not “dominate” it, though we came quite close to opening the scoring earlier than we did today. Lallana, Sterling, Coutinho and Markovic would all work together well and test the opposition’s defence again and again.
West Ham also had plenty of chances and former Liverpool players Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing gave our defence some problems to deal with, although Simon Mignolet would be on good enough form to keep another clean sheet today. West Ham would get no goals in either half, but Liverpool wouldn’t score in the first 45 minutes either and at half time, the score was Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham.
I can’t say for sure if there was an inspirational team talk at half time given by the manager, but even if there wasn’t, the Liverpool side played like a new team – more confident and more dangerous.
It took Liverpool just 6 minutes of the second half to get the first goal as Coutinho pushed a through ball to assist Sterling and he carefully placed his right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner of the net. Liverpool 1 – 0 West Ham.
Liverpool fans all felt a collective sigh of relief as we don’t usually enjoy goalless draws (or defeats) with sides, we consider ourselves to be better than and West Ham are no exception, we expected to win this game. Scoring the first goal was a boost for us, we spent the rest of the half just doing “more of the same” – dangerous, attacking football and even more scoring.
Sterling’s first Premier League goal at Anfield since the opening day of the season against Southampton was not the only goal of the day.
Around 68 minutes, the moment Liverpool fans have been waiting for over five months happened as Lazar Markovic (who to be honest, hadn’t been having a great game) was substituted for Daniel Sturridge. We have missed you, Daniel. It was great just to see you on the pitch again, but this game wasn’t just an “appearance” for him… it was a “COMEBACK”.
Daniel Sturridge did his best for Liverpool and Reds fans got to see just what that meant – including a goal from Sturridge.
Ten to eleven minutes after walking onto the pitch, Sturridge would be assisted by Coutinho, who fed him a beautiful pass that Daniel would run onto and then carefully place a powerful shot past the West Ham goalkeeper from a difficult angle. Liverpool 2 – 0 West Ham.
We saw the dance again! WE’VE WAITED FOR MONTHS to see this once more and now the Sturridge dance is BACK!
Liverpool claimed their victory without conceding any themselves (except a goal which was disallowed in the final minutes of the game, West Ham’s corner swung in towards the far post. Mignolet lost out to O’Brien, who headed it into the net, but the whistle was blown for a foul on the Liverpool goalkeeper).
The man of the match for me was Coutinho. Assisting BOTH goals, he played a big part in helping Liverpool achieve our win against West Ham. Teamwork and dangerous play from him, he fully deserves the praise and I look forward to seeing him alongside Sturridge more often this season.
Liverpool’s next fixture will see us continue our FA Cup progress as we face Bolton Wanderers once again, now at their own stadium.
Until then, walk on with hope in your hearts. You’ll Never Walk Alone, your Anfield Family is walking with you.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.