Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
Darwin Nunez's first-half header and Alisson's lethal penalty were saved by Jarrod Bowen as the Reds secured a backup win against City, Jürgen Klopp's team in 7th, up from 4th was 4 points behind
Same result as the Liverpool weekend, no troubles.
His one-goal victory over modern-day great rivals Manchester City on Sunday came out of hopeless Anfield flames and fury, but it deserved a quieter result overall.
Again, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp need not be particularly upset. His team simply outperformed the largely unambitious West Ham squad. Sometimes that's enough.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saved a Jarrod Bowen penalty late in the first half and a foot from Thomas Suchek late in the second half. Apart from that, Liverpool were chasing goals.
Their goal in the 22nd minute was a beautiful and landmark first Anfield goal for young striker Darwin Nunez. A header from a left-sided cross was his ninth goal of the night when the 23-year-old really looked like one of his. Late in the second half, Nunez fired a howitzer into the post and played for an hour. Liverpool had other chances and should have taken some. West Ham worried them a little bit. But a trip to Nottingham's Forest on Saturday gave Klopp and his squad the chance to capitalize on the mental boost from their victory over City.
Momentum. That's what this was about. Sunday's win over City was dramatic and befitting of an instinctive event that later turned into nonsense. , it would have meant little.
After such a bad start to the season, Klopp's team now have an opportunity to build. Injuries that have plagued Klopp's squad - strikers Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz will not play for some time - Liverpool's realistic goal is to get in touch with the top four before the World Cup starts in a month's time. time.
Considering where we were after losing to Arsenal a week and a half ago, that's progress. Liverpool have a platform. For that, we need more days like this. Liverpool were neither spectacular nor ruthless. Still, they were better than West Ham.