West Ham Player Grades in a “just not good enough” match v Liverpool

West Ham had the opportunity to be the first club to knock off Liverpool this season and just couldn’t do it. Just another “not good enough” match.

The Hammers came out looking strong and at least keeping in step with Liverpool for the first half. Unfortunately for West Ham, a mixture of bad calls and bad plays led to a 2-0 loss and the same questions still coming up. What follows are the player grades:

Fabianski – 7

It was great to see Lukasz Fabianski back from injury and much faster than expected but today was a rough return for him. However, there was nothing that he could do on either of the goals.

Ngakia – 8

So he got burned twice by Origi and started very poorly but turned it around. He looked solid on the ball and finished looking strong in the big stage.

Diop – 6

In all honesty, he looks very nervy with the ball and his footwork didn’t pan out well today. He got caught up in a bad tackle which led to the penalty as today wasn’t his day.

Ogbonna – 6

Angelo Ogbonna looked well against both Firmino and Salah as he was able to leave them feeding and wanting for more. Solid match in an unfair scoreline.

Cresswell – 6

Cresswell wasn’t bad but he wasn’t great either. The best way to put his performance today was vanilla and he didn’t screw up, job complete.

Masuaku – 5

After a fairly decent first 45 minutes but had a hand in both of the goals and his lack of ambition led to a rough second half with nothing to show.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Mark Noble of West Ham United confronts match referee Jonathan Moss during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Rice – 7

You could tell the Declan Rice was on it for today but his over-aggressiveness led to a lot of sloppiness in the midfield. His second half was much better as he made the Red’s keeper work.

Noble – 5

To be honest, he was very lucky to not get a red card on a horrible call. It wasn’t the tackle but his reaction that worried many fans. The second goal was all on him as his misplace led to the second goal.

Snodgrass – 6

As per usual, Robert Snodgrass was very much there and ready for the ball but his poor pace failed him time and time again. He has a great shot but Allisson put it out leaving the Hammers blanked.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lanzini – 4

He looked lively and he played a few good passes in, however, he made more horrific passes than good ones. Once again, he hasn’t lived up to the hype.

Fornals Subbed on for Lanzini – 5

In another match that he should’ve started, he didn’t and by the time he came on it was over. He put himself out there but was missed on more than one occasion.

Haller – 5

As the lone man up top, he was pretty uninvolved… sound like a familiar story? His hold up play was good and his headers were as well but it does no good when you’re alone or can’t get past the line.

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Overall, the Hammers looked poor in doing the basic things and could never really got by Liverpool. They were able to keep the match close and not drop in the relegation zone but they are still just riding that fence. In just a few weeks time they will face off again and get another shot to knockoff the soon to be champs.

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