West Ham 3 Liverpool 1: Player ratings as Stewart Downing impresses

West Ham 3 Liverpool 1: Player ratings as Stewart Downing impresses against his former side

By Callum Orr
West Ham
3
Liverpool
1

West Ham United

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Adrian Yellow carded for an altercation with Balotelli, and could do little about Liverpool’s opener. Was his usual mixture of nervous yet effective. 5/10

Aaron Cresswell Tested Mignolet with a long-range effort and gave the Liverpool attackers no time or space on his left-hand side. The former Ipswich left-back looks more than comfortable at this level. 6

Winston Reid The Kiwi put West Ham ahead with an opportunistic header inside the second minute, and was subsequently booked in the third for a rash challenge on Borini. Was at his consistently decent best. 7

James Tomkins Rose well to provide the assist for Reid’s opener, and dealt reasonably well with Balotelli and Borini throughout. 6

Guy Demel Had a solid first half, but as the second wore on, he became increasingly susceptible to the threat of Liverpool’s front three. Replaced by Jenkinson in the 60th minute. 5

Cheikou Kouyate Worked well throughout the match and was relentless in his tracking back. A very understatedly solid performance in the midfield three. 6

Mark Noble Looks to have formed a real understanding with Song at the heart of the West Ham midfield, and produced an unspectacular yet impressive performance to keep his opposite numbers quiet. 7

Alex Song A fine addition to the Hammers’s midfield. Strong in defence, and managed to keep Henderson and Gerrard virtually anonymous for the majority. 7

Stewart Downing (man of the match) Drifting from the left-hand side to a more central position throughout, the former Liverpool man caused the nervous central-halves problems for the duration, capping his performance with an excellent assist to secure victory for his side. Looks to be a different player from the much-maligned version of himself from last season. 8

Diafra Sakho Continued his impressive start to life at the Boleyn by putting his side 2-0 up with an extravagantly chipped cross-come-shot, but his decision-making and impact waned as the match went on. 6

Enner Valencia Full of running, and gives his opponents a constant headache with his relentless movement. But he perhaps should have done better with a first half shot from the edge of the box, and he seems to be blind to his team-mates when he gets near the goal. 7

Substitutes

Carl Jenkinson Replaced Demel in the 60th minute. Yellow carded for a rash challenge into the back of Moreno. 5

Morgan Amalfitano Replaced Song in the 69th minute and secured victory with a well taken goal. 6

James Collins Replaced Valencia in the 76th minute. N/a

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Again, looked very suspect under the high ball, but produced a few decent saves from distance. The jury is still out on whether he is of the standard that Liverpool require. 5

Javi Manquillo Replaced by Sakho after a shaky 21 minutes. 3

Alberto Moreno Was given the run around by Valencia and Downing, but held his own after an uncomfortable opening 20 minutes. 5

Dejan Lovren His head must still have been hurting in the dressing room after allowing Reid to head home unchallenged in the opening minutes, and it was nearly knocked clean off midway through the first half. A nervous outing from the Croat. 4

Martin Skrtel Allowed Tomkins to muscle him out of the way for the opener, and never look comfortable at the heart of the Reds defence. Continues his worrying patch of form. 3

Steven Gerrard Had about as much impact for Liverpool tonight as he did for England last week, in the sense that he might as well have not been playing. A really poor showing from the Reds captain. 3

Jordan Henderson Again, he outplayed and out-passed his captain and midfield partner, but he didn’t manage to get a hold of the game from the off. 4

Lucas Leiva His wayward passing and lack of concentration proved to be too much for his manager to take. Hauled off at half-time for a less than impressive 45 minutes. 3

Raheem Sterling Had little luck against Cresswell on the right-hand side, but showed his class through the middle with a drilled half volley, and his third goal of the season, to edge his side back into the game. Got stronger and stronger as the match progressed. 7

Fabio Borini Was barely noticeable on his return to the first team. A quiet first half was followed by a second filled with poor decision-making and lacklustre finishing. 2

Mario Balotelli Earned himself a yellow card for a familiar show of petulance, but his great close control teed up Sterling for Liverpool’s first. Let his frustrations get the better of him on a mixed afternoon. 5

Substitutes

Mamadou Sakho Replaced Manquillo after 21 minutes. Sured up the defence with his physical presence, but was unable to prevent his side from shipping a third and decisive goal. 5

Adam Lallana Replaced Lucas at half-time. Had relatively little impact on the game. 5

Rickie Lambert Replaced Borini in the 75th minute. N/a

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