Sep 20, 2014 at 5.30pm UK at ​London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
3-1
Liverpool
Reid (2'), Sakho (7'), Amalfitano (88')
Reid (4'), Adrian (17'), Kouyate (28'), Jenkinson (66')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Sterling (26')
Balotelli (17')

Player Ratings: West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool

Sports Mole takes a closer look at the individual performances during Liverpool's 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Liverpool suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-1 loss at West Ham United.

Early goals from Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho put the hosts 2-0 up before Raheem Sterling pulled a goal back for the visitors by half time.

However, the Hammers made sure of the points during the final five minutes when Morgan Amalfitano came off the bench to find the net.

Here, Sports Mole assesses the individual performances of the players involved at Upton Park.


Diafra Sakho #15 of West Ham is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on September 20, 2014© Getty Images

WEST HAM

Goal

Adrian: West Ham's goalkeeper was a solid presence at the back throughout, helping his defence to soak up the Liverpool pressure late on. (7/10)

Defence

Aaron Cresswell: The young full-back defended doggedly while also pushing forward and giving the hosts a useful attacking outlet down the left, particularly in the first half. (7/10)

Winston Reid: A rock at the back for the Hammers, Reid defended with bags of pride, passion and commitment for the duration of the contest. (8/10)

James Tomkins: Like Reid, Tomkins put it all on the line. The defender was part of an overall West Ham defence that remained organised from start to finish. (8/10)

Guy Demel: The former Ivory Coast international gave no quarter against Liverpool, making it hard for the visitors to penetrate the West Ham backline. (7/10)

Midfield

Stewart Downing With a point to prove against his former club, Downing caused the away side plenty of trouble down the left with his trademark runs and precision passing. (7/10)

Mark Noble: In a game where the midfield battle was key, Noble fought impressively for the West Ham cause. (7/10)

Alex Song: The loan signing from Barcelona showed just why he is considered a real coup for West Ham as he put in a classy showing in midfield before he was withdrawn on 69 minutes. (8/10)

Cheikhou Kouyate: Offered little to his side in central areas, often looking slightly out of his depth as the game moved at a frantic pace. (6/10)

Diafra Sakho: The Senegalese international looked threatening down the right flank. Played a big part in the match by scoring West Ham's important second goal. The question is: did he mean it? (7/10)

Attack

Enner Valencia: West Ham's marquee summer signing proved once again why he is rated so highly thanks to a performance that was full of running, energy and enthusiasm. Not only that, but he was also not afraid to mix it up with Liverpool's burly centre-backs. (9/10)

Substitutes

Carl Jenkinson: Picked up a needless booking soon after coming on by raking his studs down the back of Alberto Moreno. (6/10)

Morgan Amalfitano: Made a superb contribution when he came off the bench on 69 minutes, beefing up West Ham's midfield and scoring the game's decisive goal. (7/10)

James Collins: Slotted in seamlessly to the West Ham defence during the final 15 minutes of the game. (6/10)


Mario Balotelli of Liverpool and Adrian of West Ham clash following a heavy tackle by Balotelli on Adrian during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on September 20, 2014© Getty Images

LIVERPOOL

Goal

Simon Mignolet: The Belgian looked shaky once or twice during the match, providing a nervousness that rubbed off on his defence. (6/10)

Defence

Javier Manquillo: The Spaniard struggled early on and was taken off with just 22 minutes played. It was unclear whether it was a tactical switch or due to injury, but you would not have blamed Brendan Rodgers for getting the youngster off the pitch in order to give the team some stability. (6/10)

Martin Skrtel: Skrtel's return to the Liverpool starting XI should have given the visitors a boost, but he did little to suggest that he will cure the team's woes at the back. (7/10)

Dejan Lovren: The Croatian suffered a nasty blow to the head during the first half, but he was able to continue. Not that it made a difference: he was ineffective for much of the match. (6/10)

Alberto Moreno: Looked to give the visitors some assistance in attack by making a few marauding runs down the flanks, though his influence was also limited. (7/10)

Midfield

Raheem Sterling: Probably Liverpool's brightest player on an otherwise disappointing evening. Took his goal well, smashing the ball past Adrian. (7/10)

Steven Gerrard: This was one of the Liverpool captain's most underwhelming displays as he struggled to get involved from deep. (6/10)

Jordan Henderson: With Gerrard almost a passenger, Henderson should have stepped up to the plate. Instead, the England international failed to make an impact. (6/10)

Lucas: The Brazilian was arguably Liverpool's biggest culprit when it came to their poor collective showing in midfield, adding nothing to the Merseysiders. (6/10)

Attack

Mario Balotelli: Tried to cause the West Ham defence problems, but a lack of service saw him stifled. Did well to set up Sterling for Liverpool's goal though. (7/10)

Fabio Borini: Having made it clear that he wants to succeed at Liverpool, the Italian will have to do a lot better than this if he wants to remain in Rodgers's plans. (6/10)

Substitutes

Mamadou Sakho: Needed to give the visitors some stability when he came on midway through the second half, but didn't. His main contribution was gifting West Ham the ball for their third goal. (6/10)

Adam Lallana: The former Southampton midfielder was unable to get involved as his manager would have hoped. Like the rest of is teammates, he did not have the answer. (6/10)

Rickie Lambert: Lambert threw himself about when he came off the bench late on, though the West Ham defence were not troubled by him. (6/10)


Diafra Sakho #15 of West Ham is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on September 20, 2014
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