West Ham Show They Belong Amongst The Best, Whatever David Moyes Says

The 3-2 win over Liverpool was further proof of what the Hammers are capable of
18:51, 07 Nov 2021

It is time for West Ham United to be taken seriously as they continue to dream in the Premier League. Their 3-2 victory against Liverpool at the London Stadium on Sunday should come as no surprise given how well this side is performing right now, but having emerged victorious as one of the major title contenders, the Hammers are stepping up their fight for the Champions League places.

They may have been subdued in the first half, partly because of their own making, but they came out all guns blazing in the second and their triumph over Jurgen Klopp’s men was fully merited. Their first goal may have been a gift from Alisson, but their second from Pablo Fornals showed how brilliant they are on the break, and the third was another from the training ground as Kurt Zouma nodded in from a corner.

Before the game, West Ham manager David Moyes had told Sky Sports: “You can’t be comparing us in any way to Liverpool or setting up a situation where we can challenge Liverpool. We can in a one-off game like we will do today.”

And they did exactly that, ending the Merseyside outfit’s 25-game unbeaten run in all competitions while outclassing them with a commanding display in the second 45 minutes. The atmosphere in east London was electric and the scenes at full-time were brilliant. It marked Moyes’ 50th win as West Ham boss and it was a moment in which the fans started to believe in this side achieving more than last year’s sixth.

Under his teachings, the players have the belief instilled in them that they can take on anyone and this result sees them leap-frog the Reds in the table with their fourth win on the bounce. Despite a sublime Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick and a Divock Origi consolation, West Ham held on to go level on points with Pep Guardiola’s second-placed Manchester City. Moyes has assembled a well-balanced side and he has an attacking quartet who are just as energetic in the final third as they are in helping their side defend. There is harmony amongst them and the results on the pitch are proof of that

It was the Hammers who dealt the first blow in the opening stages as Alisson fumbled in Fornals’ corner, sparking an eruption amongst the London Stadium crowd. Liverpool found themselves frustrated at the way that all West Ham shirts got behind the ball out of possession, it limited Klopp’s side to play at a tempo far below their usual standards. Andy Robertson looked to be their most threatening outlet down the left but he struggled to pick a pass because of how organised West Ham were behind the ball. They found their way back into the game when Mohamed Salah won a foul on the edge of the area and it was brilliantly converted by Alexander-Arnold for his first of the season.

The hosts came out a different side after the break and they took the game to Liverpool. Fornals’ goal on the break showed them at their counter-attacking best and Zouma’s header from a corner once again highlighted their threat from set pieces. Origi pulled a goal back late on but it wasn’t enough to inspire a leveller. West Ham are flying high and, right now, the bubbles do not look like they are going to burst anytime soon.

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