WELL blimey O’Reilly, might have finished 4-0 but for the most part it was on the sharpest of knife edges.
Up the smashing London FC out of their new stadium CAPITAL R Reds.
Simon Mignolet: B+
Was taking notes on the hugely improved Liverpool goalkeeper, three occasions he takes the ball under significant pressure, either catching or clearing his lines with minimum fuss.
Does really well with the Andre Ayew incident not to push it into his own net.
Nathaniel Clyne: B
Better for the England international, still a frustrating lack of awareness going forward but coped admirably with the constant early targeting from the Hammers.
Joel Matip: B+
Desperately unlucky not to open the scoring when he does everything right, almost too right, and ends up hitting the bar from point-blank range.
Coped with absolutely everything lashed at him and was happy to make up an extra body in midfield.
Dejan Lovren: A-
Him and Matip are sound when together, won some massive headers at 1-0.
Get the feeling the entire team is much calmer when they’re paired together.
James Milner: B-
Recovered from last week’s penalty miss well, had a couple of scuffed efforts that he might have done better with, but was a constant outlet.
Emre Can: B+
Recycle, recycle, recycle.
Hold and gave, and did it at the right time.
Another impressive outing for the constantly growing in stature German international.
Georginio Wijnaldum: B
Absolutely cunted it against the bar which eventually leads to Coutinho scoring his first.
Industrious, maybe holds on to the ball a little too long on occasion, but a vital cog.
Adam Lallana: B+
Doesn’t quite look 100 per cent and make a couple of iffy decisions first half, but looked sharper as the game went on.
With Phil Coutinho he offered a calmness and helped keep West Ham at arms length.
Philippe Coutinho: A+
Like Daniel Sturridge, enjoyed arguably his best performance of the season in a position where he can influence the game far more than on the periphery of the left-hand side.
A performance of absolute substance from El Magico, was calm personified when it mattered to score the goal that took the game away from West Ham.
Followed that with the maddest PlayStation goal of his career.
Divock Origi: C+
Scores his goal, could have had a second or an assist, but up until that point stood out only because of how much he was struggling.
The difference between him and Sturridge in and around the box is telling.
It’s a given that he’s more suited to breaking from deep and holding it up but wasn’t working for him, but then could walk off with a brace.
Improves second period but it would’ve been hard not to.
Daniel Sturridge: A
Get’s THE goal that releases all the pressure, calms all the nerves.
Not just the goal, excellent link-up play and gets involved in Origi’s goal.
Would have had a second to his name but, y’know, Belgian’s are famously needy lovers.
Has an awareness and conviction in and around the area that no one else has in the squad, also benefits playing with someone within 15 yards of him.
Best performance of the season.
Lucas Leiva: N/A
Ben Woodburn: N/A
Marko Grujic: N/A
Jürgen Klopp: A
Get the impression he got the lads in at half-time and told them to go for it and fuck the consequences, that he’d cop for that if it didn’t work.
Head Boy: Philippe Coutinho