West Ham United walked away with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday in the English Premier League, moving the Hammers into the top five. The Reds started brighter at the start of the match, but West Ham dominated not long afterwards. The home side took a 1-0 lead early on, after a full field counter-attack saw Michail Antonio’s header open the scoring in the 10th minute.
The match tempo from the visitors was slow, looking as though their focus was somewhere else, and their fire even further. The defence from Juergen Klopp’s men become overwhelmed each time their rivals pushed forward, and their attack could not break past to get a solid shot at goal. At the end of the first 45, Slaven Bilic’s boys were in the lead 1-0.
As the second stanza started, the Merseysiders dominated possession but were unable to push into the final third of the pitch and make anything of it. With control of the ball, the hosts put themselves in a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute, after Andy Carroll headed the ball into the corner of the net. Bilic’s men showed more desire, and much higher intensity than their rivals, with their focus being on the pitch and on extending their lead even further.
Their opponents did not show a similar mentality, but rather an apathetic approach to the game, almost as if it was a chore. Liverpool’s passing was misguided, their attack was sluggish, and their defence was missing. The final 15 minutes saw the men from Anfield apply more pressure on their hosts, spending more time on Adrian’s doorstep.
At the end of the 90, it was the hosts who came out victorious 2-0.