Liverpool 2 West Ham 1
Saturday 31 October 2020
Another chance for West Ham fans to get excited after we took a 10th minute lead in this match, only for Liverpool to come back and score two goals to take a slightly undeserved victory. A draw would have been fairer. Even though we only had 28% possession.
The Hammers took an early lead through Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals' smart finish, which clipped the post on its way in after a poor headed clearance by Joe Gomez.
That was the 15th goal Liverpool have conceded in seven games this season - as many as Chelsea let in all season on their way to the title in 2004-05.
Jurgen Klopp's side were level shortly before half-time, Arthur Masuaku's foul on Mohamed Salah allowing the Egypt forward to equalise from the penalty spot with Liverpool's first attempt on target.
But the Reds, who gave a league debut to central defender Nathaniel Phillips in the absence of injured trio Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho, found it tough going.
Jota, a £41m signing from Wolves in September, netted in the 85th minute after a smart pass by fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri - moments after already seeing a goal disallowed for a foul.
West Ham arrived at Anfield unbeaten in their previous four games against sides who finished in the top seven last season.
However, they were without key forward Michail Antonio, who scored a superb goal against City before suffering a hamstring injury.
After being restricted to 50 minutes of Premier League football this season, Sebastien Haller was handed his first top-flight start of the season in place of Antonio.
But it was midfielder Fornals who produced a lovely finish to put his side ahead.
After Salah equalised, the former Villarreal player was denied a second goal by Andrew Robertson's important block, yet West Ham were unable to secure a point their hard work deserved as they were undone at the end by Jota.
- Since David Moyes' first game back in charge of West Ham in January, the Hammers have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League (16).
- Since the start of last season, West Ham's Pablo Fornals is the only visiting player to score two Premier League goals away to Liverpool, also netting in this exact fixture for the Hammers in 2019-20.