A predictable whimper at Anfield once again

Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

It was another afternoon to forget at Merseyside for West Ham as the Irons fell to a 2-0 defeat in a match that simply never got going, and one that tactics must be questioned.

It was always going to be a big ask with the fact key players were missing, namely Jenkinson, Kouyate and Sakho. However what was puzzling was Noble being dropped to the bench, and Kevin Nolan starting – who once again put in a performance that questions why he is picked.

It was a relatively decent first half performance, and the open play nature of the game gave hope that this could be the year we end our terrible winless record at Anfield.

The home side finished the half strongly, but there was belief that West Ham would regroup and go all out the in second – however what happened was the opposite.

It was a whimper of a performance, and once Liverpool went ahead six minutes into the half the writing was on the wall.

Liverpool went on to comfortably win 2-0, and when Daniel Sturidge make his long awaited return, it was obvious to all us West Ham fans he would score – which he did, on 80 minutes.

So another visit to Liverpool, and another defeat. Maybe one day. But with Kevin Nolan picked ahead of Mark Noble, and playing in Stewart Downings attacking midfield role, you wonder if we ever stood a chance.

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