Liverpool FC v West Ham, Matchweek #28 Review

There were no guarantees for Liverpool FC when West Ham came to Anfield in Premier League Match Week 28.

The Hammers, buoyed by a resurgence under Moyes, set up with a back four, knowing we struggle against teams who park the bus. And we all remember what happened in this fixture earlier in the season.

Leicester City and West Ham remain the only two teams to defeat Liverpool this season.

For their part, Liverpool, despite coming off a high from the Carabao Cup win, was facing a resurgence of injuries.  So yeah, anything could happen here.

Fans were out in droves at the pub, and the nerves were there, even among the most positive supporters. Knowing that a win over the Hammers would put us 3 points behind Man City ahead of the Manchester Derby only heightened the tension in the air.

 


MATCH WEEK #28
LIVERPOOL FC 1 - WEST HAM 0

 Sadio Mane '27


SAM'S MATCH NOTES

As with any of Liverpool's Heavy Metal football matches, there are lots of talking points: Robbo causing havoc on the left flank like a proper Scotsman on a Friday night pub crawl; Mo Salah looking tired (or jaded?) and certainly not at his best right now; Sane continued his inspired off- and on-the-ball play since returning from AFCON, or Konate proving he belongs in the starting XI.

But for me, there are four main takeaways:

Alexander[-Arnold], The Great

Or is it Alexander-Arnold, THE DEFENDER?

While arguably the best player in this position, um, like ever...his most ardent of fans still criticize his defending. Next time you hear such rubbish, reference this match.

Case in point, that goal-line clearance in the 38th minute was as good as any defending - if not better than - Ibu or VVD did today (who, by the way, were caught ball-watching to create the opposition's goal-scoring opportunity in the first place).  TAA was the only one to read what was happening and make the appropriate run.

The defensive high line that I argued was LFC's 'weak underbelly' last week was exposed by West Ham once again. A simple dink over Alisson and we'd be 5 points behind City, not 3. But the defensive awareness, speed, and skill of our young Scouser-on-the-team keep us in the lead.

Let this sink in: TAA is only nine assists away from the Premier League record of 53 for a defender. And he's only 23. That's mind-blowing.

Diaz, The Unpredictable

I swear Diaz is minutes away from a goal of the season strike. He continued to grow into his role at Liverpool but what that might end up being is still so open!  There's so much he can become, and this match only showed the promise of what's to come.

He juggles the ball like a veteran circus performer and creates the most unexpected opportunities.

Standing at the top of the box or running the length of the pitch, he's simply unpredictable. Unlike Hendo's predictable thunderbolts from outside the box, Robbo's overlapping runs to cross balls into the box, or Salah's right side run-turn-left-foot-strike combos; you never know what Diaz is going to pull off.

We lost a magician when Couts left for apparent greener pastures (which turned out to be burned turf), but we gained Magician 2.0 in Diaz.

Can We Give Keita A Break? 

Keita was a surprise name in the starting XI. Everyone expected Elliott to start alongside Hendo and Fabs.

Klopp continued to show his faith in Keita, however, despite the fact he's a lightning rod of disagreement among fans. And our #8 rewarded that faith today.

Much can be made of Alexader-Arnold's pass to Mane for the decisive goal. Still, it was Keita's equally accurate pass across the top of the box, through a congested midfield to find TAA that is deserving of recognition.

And if not for Naby Lad's sprint back to stop Antonio from likely scoring, this might have been a 1-point match instead of a 3-pointer.

Virgil Back To His Awesome Best

Many post-match pundits and fans lamented how "quiet" he was in this match. Big Virg is so calm and good that we almost don't realize he's doing his job. If it's not some spectacular header or cheeky lookback after scoring a penalty kick, he's not at his best. Are we taking him for granted?

Think about this: Liverpool had not lost in 60 Premier Matches at Anfield (8 Draws, 52 Wins) when VVD was our CB. That's a new club record.

Can we all agree that he's back to his bad-ass self?

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BACK IN THE PUB...

A great crowd made their way back to our home pub, The Madison, for the 12;30 kick-off. Holding court at this week's match was everyone's favourite LFC Toronto Yvi Laramee who guided the event to another amazing experience.

 

AND THE WINNER IS...

Well, as many of you noted in our last matchweek recap, I screwed up the member half-time draw (I was drunk) so Yvi and Regan took matters into their own hands (I'm in rehab) this week, and held 2 member draws to make up for said screw-up (doing it right).

This week's winners are Gavin O’Driscoll and Salil Gokarn who have both won a pair of Official LFC socks! Wear them with pride next match!

Watch the draw below.

 

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Next match is the 2nd leg of our Champions League showdown against Inter Milan. We'll be gathering at The Madison Avenue Pub and because it's a midweek game, those working in the downtown core will also be gathering at our affiliate pub, The Elephant & Castle. Remember that this is the last match where you can win our awesome custom Liverpool FC bar fridge! Raffle tickets will ONLY be available at Elephant & Castle during this match.

Please make a reservation at the pub you plan to attend. It's a courtesy to our pubs so they can best plan staffing.

UP THE REDS!!

Sam Fiorella
You’ll Never Walk Alone.


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2 thoughts on “Liverpool FC v West Ham, Matchweek #28 Review”

  1. That was a hard fought 3 points, but a result is a result. some nervy moments but the boys did good. Great day at the Maddie as usual and some out of towners from the lovely Wirral (where im from .. ha). Up the Reds!

    1. Can we handle more Yvi’s from Wirral in one pub?!! I’m scared, very scared.

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