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Alisson has a nightmare & 4 things we learned as West Ham hand Liverpool first loss of the season

Alisson has a nightmare & 4 things we learned as West Ham hand Liverpool first loss of the season

West Ham vs Liverpool

Liverpool and West Ham would go head-to-head at the London Stadium a short time ago.

The Reds headed into the game looking to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign in all competitions.

They were also aware that, after Chelsea dropped points on Saturday, they could close the gap on the league leaders with a win against the Hammers.

But when all was said and done in London, the Merseysiders actually fell to a shock defeat.

West Ham took the lead after just over three minutes when Alisson failed to clear or catch the ball from a corner.

Liverpool were able to hit back shortly before the break, though, went Trent Alexander-Arnold bent a superb free-kick past Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham then hit back 66 minutes in, with a fine counter attack that was finished by Pablo Fornals.

And the Londoners killed the game off less than 10 minutes later by scoring from another corner. Divock Origi did come off the bench to pull one back, but it was too little, too late, as West Ham handed Liverpool their very first loss of the season.

Here are four things 101 learned from the match.

West Ham’s secret weapon

West Ham may not, on paper, have the most star-studded squad. However, they are a very well-coached side and this allows them to continually challenge for European places under their current boss.

One of the biggest improvements which David Moyes has overseen with the Hammers since he returned for a second stint in the dugout has been set-pieces.

The Londoners once again found the net by way of a set-piece on Sunday, giving rise to a hugely impressive statistic:

This tally has actually since been taken to 32, as Kurt Zouma went on to score from a corner 15 minutes from time.

Andy Robertson continues to struggle

Andy Robertson has been one of the best left-backs in the world over the last couple of years, and has been instrumental in Liverpool’s success.

However, the Scotsman has endured something of a rough patch of late, which saw some fans question if he should be dropped following the Reds’ draw with Brighton last weekend.

And Jurgen Klopp would indeed bench Robertson in midweek, when Liverpool faced off with Atletico Madrid.

However, he was back in the starting line-up on Sunday. And despite his rest in midweek, Robertson again looked some way off the pace.

The full-back was particularly poor going forward, even managing to completely miskick an attempted cross during the first-half.

Alexander-Arnold is superb

But whilst Robertson had something of a subpar showing against West Ham, his full-back counterpart on the right experienced quite the opposite.

As already mentioned, Alexander-Arnold scored a superb goal to level things up during the first 45.

And now, despite only turning 23 last month, it has been revealed that TAA has 45 direct goal involvements to his name for Liverpool, the joint-most of any defender in the club’s history.

Alexander-Arnold also enjoyed a fairly impressive defensive display against the Hammers, putting in some crucial tackles.

Alisson had a nightmare

It is fair to say that Alisson was nowhere near his best across the 90 minutes on Sunday.

The Brazilian’s attempt to come for the ball for the Hammers’ first goal was very, very weak.

Then, though it was not his fault that Liverpool gave the ball away too easily for West Ham’s second, the goalkeeper should have done much better when attempting to stop Fornals’ strike.

Alisson also did not cover himself in glory for Zouma’s late 3rd, either. An evening to forget for the Brazilian international, and Liverpool as a whole.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 14 27 33
2 Manchester City 14 21 32
3 Liverpool FC 14 31 31
4 West Ham United 14 8 24
5 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 -2 19
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford FC 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Everton FC 14 -7 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 14 -7 13
18 Burnley FC 13 -6 10
19 Norwich City 14 -20 10
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 5
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 4