Liverpool’s hunt for the Premier League title suffered it’s first Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday and it was pretty clear who the fans felt deserved to take most of the blame.
The in form Hammers who are also after the premier league title leapfrogged Liverpool into third and denied Jurgen Klopp’s side a piece of club history with a stunning 3-2 victory.
The Brazilian Goalkeeper Alisson Becker could have certainly done pretty well on all three goals and he would probably do well to ignore social media for the time being.
Most of the Liverpool fans were writing that Alisson spent the game sleeping,’ wrote one, while another said the ‘whole result is on Alisson’.
Another fan of the Merseyside added that it was one of his worst games for the club while another simply wrote that he was ‘god awful and disappointed with his performance’.
The Merseyside Red arrived at the London Stadium knowing that if they avoided defeat they would extend their unbeaten run to 26 matches and setting a new club record, beating the club’s all-time record set by Bob Paisley’s team in 1982.
They Red looked on course to do just that following a wonderful free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold which equalize the own goal scored by their goalkeeper Alisson.
But the ambitious Hammers meant business as well this season and proved it when Pablo Fornals, whose corner had been palmed in by Reds keeper Alisson for the opening goal, broke away to score the second which was not really what Liverpool expected.
Kurt Zouma the former Chelsea player then headed a third and although Divock Origi pulled one back with seven minutes remaining, the Hammers held on for a famous victory.
The London club West Ham took the lead in the fourth minute when Alisson, under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna as he leapt for the ball, touched Fornals’ corner into the net.
After a lengthy VAR review that took some of the minutes of the encounter, for a possible foul and then handball, the goal was awarded, much to Klopp’s dismay he was disappointed.
Diogo Jota the Portuguese player and former Wolves player, starting in place of the injured Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino, could have equalised on the half hour but sent his header from Jordan Henderson’s cross over the crossbar, while Alexander-Arnold’s volley was also too high.
But it was not the first-half performance of a side who had scored at least three goals in their last six away matches in the league.
However, with five minutes of the first half remaining the reds were awarded a contentious free-kick on the edge of the area when Mohamed Salah went down under Declan Rice’s challenge.
West Ham lined-up an eight-man wall, complete with Fornals as the ‘draught excluder’, but Alexander-Arnold bypassed it with a simple one-yard pass to Salah to his right.
It left the English right-back with the simpler and easy task of lifting the ball over the average height of Jarrod Bowen on the end of the wall, rather than the imposing Rice, Dawson and Tomas Soucek, and he curled a superb effort up and over while leaving Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski totally wrong-footed.
Michail Antonio the Jamaican passed up a glorious chance to put West Ham back ahead when he was sent clean through by Said Benrahma the Algerian, only for his ball control to badly let him down at the wrong time, and Bowen was thwarted by a perfectly-timed Virgil Van Dijk challenge in the area in stoppage time.
At the beginning of the second half Dawson’s header from another corner came back off the crossbar, while at the other end Sadio Mane’s volley was kept out by the retired polish goalkeeper Fabianski.
It was Bowen, a player which the Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp readily admits he admires, who unlocked the Liverpool defence in the 67th minute after Dawson and Rice smuggled the ball away for West Ham from inside their own half.
The forward ran at the back-pedalling Liverpool rearguard, drawing defenders in, before slipping the ball to Fornals who ran through to fire past Alisson.
There was a lot more to come. Antonio and Fornals were denied by Alisson before Bowen floated in a 75th-minute corner and the unmarked defender Kurt Zouma nodded it in at the far post.
Origi turned and fired home from 18 yards to set up a grandstand finish but Liverpool could not find an equaliser to level the game and take home at least one point apiece- Mane coming closest when he headed wide in stoppage time – and Hammers boss David Moyes celebrated a place in the top three and a first win over Klopp in eight attempts.