West Ham turned their recent bad form around with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Liverpool, although they were unlucky not to come away with all three points.
West Ham dominated much of the first half, but it was Liverpool who took the lead through Sadio Mane after a clear offside in the build-up was missed.
Liverpool were leading for six minutes before Michail Antonio got on to the end of Felipe Anderson’s clever set-piece to level the game at 1-1.
Anderson continued to trouble the Liverpool defence with his free-kicks, with one finding Declan Rice, who could have made it 2-1, but he missed the target with a free header.
Divock Origi had an opportunity with the last kick of the game for Liverpool, who otherwise didn’t manage to create much due to the resolute defending from the Hammers, with Angelo Ogbonna and Declan Rice the stand out performers defensively.
West Ham will come out of this game proud of their performance, yet frustrated that they didn’t get the victory their efforts deserved.
Here are our ratings for the Hammers.
Lukasz Fabianski - 7
Fabianski had a strong game. He made a couple of decent stops and was seemingly on the end of every cross. Was not at fault for the goal.
Ryan Fredericks - 5
Fredericks was all over the place in the first half, it was a panicked performance at best. Improved in second half, showing more maturity.
Issa Diop - 7
A good performance from Diop, was solid throughout.
Angelo Ogbonna - 8
Ogbonna was superb, joint Man of the Match for me. He was commanding and strong throughout. He was a brick wall. He also brought the ball out from the back to start attacks.
Aaron Cresswell - 6
Cresswell offered plenty going forward as he usually does, but was caught out a couple of times at the back which created danger for West Ham.
Mark Noble - 7
It was a solid captain’s performance from Noble. From the off, he was full of energy and determined to get stuck in at every possibility. Also showed a high range of passing.
Declan Rice - 8
Rice put in an incredible performance, he’s a future captain for sure. His awareness, passing, tackling and interception skills were more like someone in the prime of their career. If only he had put away that chance in the first half, he would have been even more of a hero.
Robert Snodgrass - 6
Snodgrass battled well and put a shift in defensively, but lost the ball on a few occasions. His main attributes are crossing and cutting inside for a long shot, but couldn’t get those opportunities with his central role.
Michail Antonio - 8
Antonio was up and down the pitch all game, often covering the area vacated by the unstable Fredericks. His goal was also the difference between a draw and a loss. A very strong game.
Felipe Anderson - 7
Anderson was the betWay Man of the Match, and don’t get me wrong, his creativity created the goal and several first-half opportunities, but he did quieten down in the second half. However, Liverpool did struggle to deal with his passing ability.
Javier Hernández - 6
Hernández fought hard in an unfamiliar role. The ‘Little Pea’ played as the big target man, so he was never going to impact the game drastically. However, he did threaten a couple of times and did well holding the ball up against Virgil van Dijk.