Confident Liverpool Hammer the Hammers in Their Own Den
Confidence is a funny word.
When you are full of it, it’s the best feeling, almost like the world is at your feet. When there is lack of it though, the burden of the world comes crushing down on your shoulders.
Well, Liverpool have been privy to both these emotions.
Only a couple of weeks back, with complete lack of confidence, victory or for that matter goal scoring was not even a part of this galaxy, let alone this planet for the Merseyside Club. Now with back-to-back victories against Spurs and West Ham, such is their confidence that no one can stop them from scoring and winning.
Yes, that’s exactly right!
Liverpool further cemented their title hopes with a 3-1 thrashing of West Ham to end the Hammers’ eight-game unbeaten streak at the London Stadium yesterday, moving to third on the League table.
What’s more, the Reds’ have won more games against West Ham, than they have against any other Premier League side standing at a whopping 31. A record to instil pride among each Kopite.
So, without much ado, lets dissect yesterday’s game as testament to the ever-improving performance of the Reds:
A sombre first half
The first half at best was a sombre affair with both the sides not being able to fashion much in the way of clear-cut chances.
With not too much to speak about West Ham’s scoring chances, the Reds’ came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 45th minute. Divock Origi had a good opportunity to put the ball in the net, albeit missing the target after an eye-of- the-needle pass the Belgian forward received from the Spanish great, Thiago.
The game was locked at 0-0 as time was called on the first 45.
Magnificent ‘Mo’ weaves his magic yet again
The Hammers had a beautiful chance to score as the second half began with their striker Michail Antonio missing Alisson’s goal by mere inches.
Liverpool were lucky to have escaped and their luck would soar further in a matter of moments as their Egyptian stalwart, Mohamed Salah put them in front through his left foot strike which found the far corner of Fabianski’s net.
Magnificent Mo would soon take Liverpool two to the good when through a brilliant counterattack against the run of play. He scored the most sumptuous end to end goal after receiving a mouth-watering lofted pass from Xherdan Shaqiri, who was ably given the ball by Trent Alexander Arnold just outside Liverpool’s D.
Truth be told, this goal was quite immaculate and breath-taking putting West Ham all but out of the game.
The Merseyside Club wouldn’t rest at two, when in the 84th minute through Wijnaldum they managed a treble with the Dutchman being sweetly served by a brilliant interplay between Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Hammers before the final whistle did manage to get one back, but in truth, the second half was a complete masterclass from the Reds, a champion like performance that we have been so accustomed to seeing.
With confidence galore, the title hopes could be a reality
The second half yesterday more than showed what Liverpool are capable of and now being within touching distance of table toppers, Manchester City trailing by just 4 points, anything is possible.
The title at the moment is a three-way race between the two Manchester sides and Liverpool. A saga of who makes the best play to win it.
I certainly feel, the Reds have more than a realistic chance of retaining this coveted title, provided they keep churning performances as we witnessed yesterday.
So, ‘Walk on Walk on with Hope in your Heart and You’ll Never Walk Alone!’