How we rated the Irons against Liverpool



Niall McDonald hands out the marks on aย horrible afternoon

Adrian: Like going back in time four months – half a dozen superb saves but still let in 4! 6

Byram: Would have been different if he’d hit the target in the first five minutes. Maybe. 4

Reid: Not even sure I can credit Winston with being our best defender today 4

Collins: Booked for his furious reaction to the ref letting Liverpool make us look silly on the break. Poor 4

Fonte: Sacrificed as we chased the game or made an example of? Really poor 3adrian-west-ham

Cresswell: Struggling. Let’s hope the summer and a good pre-season brings back the Cresswell of previous years 4

Nordtveit: One half of what I calculated to be about our 10th choice central-midfield partnership; a yard off the pace at best 4

Lanzini: Looked our most capable/likely until the break. Scale of the task was beyond him after the 2nd went in 6

Ayew: “He’s hit the beans on toast!”, an incredulous voice behind me said after Ayew’s crucial miss (TWICE) 4

Calleri: Bade his likely farewell to the London Stadium with an all too typical display 3

Fernandes:ย  Clutching at positives I know but there was a run and a shot in the first half from young Edmilson 4


Fletcher: Again, showed he wants the ball played in behind, early. He should mention that to the other players 4
Feghouli: A surprisingly lively introduction in the second half 5
Snodgrass: One sweet volley would have been goal of the month material had it been on target. It wasn’t 3

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammer64 says:

    10 points from the last 12 games. That is relegation form. A couple of what Bilic calls ‘signings that make a difference’ will not be enough to put this right. Still, most fans love Super Slav & the owners will not want to upset them so those who don’t rate him will just have to go along with it. Miracles needed please!

    • T Man says:

      Make your mind up!!!
      Earlier in the week you said it isnt a bad squad it just needs a few tweaks!!
      Your words not mine…

  • Wembley1980 says:

    No rating for Fergouli who came on and run his b@lls off for 30 mins ? ! They said last week you don’t have to get the players up for Spurs well you do for every other game a Slav is no fkn good at it!! ..**** poor effort and I’m only asking for effort!

  • Hammer64 says:

    No change in my take on it T Man. There is a core of good players. With a few obvious additions we could be OK. My point is that adding those players won’t be enough if the manager stays.

  • Stan The Man says:

    I have said for months now i have no problem with fans who want the manager gone.That is your wish but mark my words you will be the same ones who will be slicing and dicing the new manager next season even if for different reasons lol

  • Hammer64 says:

    nit necessarily. Probably likeyourself

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Beer thats all you need.Win or lose beer is the way to go ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Bloody ref if he had given us that penalty then 2-1 instead of 3-0,the scousers would have shat themselves like they normally do & we would have done ’em ๐Ÿ˜

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Hard to disagree with the scores although I would disagree with Callieri’s the easy thing to say is he did nothing but he actually closed from the front put himself about and had zero support for his efforts, the ball was frequently lumped long to him from cb’s or Adrian but he was on his own with 2 or 3 Liverpool players in attendance, that shouldn’t be a surprise it is a hallmark of Klopp teams. Slav knew it he said before the match the 60000 fans should expect to get the same effort and intensity as the Spurs match but the players don’t respect him enough to produce that effort.

    • John Mc says:

      Attendance reads as 56,985 with 9,015 empty seats. When all seats are full only Man Utd will have bigger. There was nothing to play for in this game. HT should’ve been 1-1, and why is it only when the opponent is West Ham that the game isn’t stopped for a head injury? The only positive out of this result is it’ll finish Wenger & Arsenal in 5th. Thank F that season is finished & if they want to sell 66,000 per game then a complete clear-out is needed!

    • niall_mcdonald says:

      I know what you mean re Calleri. And he’s not the first player we’ve played up front has either looked awful or been awful with no support or decent service.
      Calleri looks strong but a bit too short and too slow for me. Our league rewards pace or size and he has neither.
      There were glimmers second half against spurs and he tries but up front in premier league trying isn’t enough.
      Seen worse through the doors but again, being better than Emenike isn’t enough.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Start again! Not necessarily. Probably like yourself I was around when we went down under JL for three seasons. But those were different days completely. As you’ll remember class players like Bonzo, Sir Trev & others stayed & fought their way back.

    As it happens I totally respect what seems to be the majority view in favour of keepng Bilic & I do not call for managers to go as soon as we lose a few games.I have not put forward my preference for replacing Bilic for some time because it seemed a bit pointless when all the signs were he would be retained next year. But I did think it was just worth making the point that a decent squad has massively under performed & the manager should carry the can for that. Some obviously think he can turn it around next season & I hope they/ you are right.

  • ReggieHammer says:

    Tbh for next season out of the 11 that started today, Only Reid, Creswell (maybe), Fernandes (maybe) and Lanzini would get into the team next year.

    Start from scratch please.

    Want to see some youth, pace and fluidity in the team next year. Don’t think “super Slav” is the man, but looks like he’s staying unfortunately. Big transfer window ahead.

    • Roman says:

      Agree Reggie.Reality should have hit home for the owners and the board after that performance.Not bloody good enough.

  • Michael Miller says:

    Callieri – yes he’s still hopeless – I’ve got nothing personal against the guy but he’s just not good enough!

    I thought it was a particularly pathetic display from our team – Liverpool are an ordinary team with some neat players but they made us look like a non-League side – I think Bilic is out of his depth, his comments are bland and uninspiring – his tactics are bewildering – his substitutions are baffling – I just don’t get what he’s trying to do.

    A massive rebuilding job is required, I hope the Dave’s get someone in who’s up to the enormous task required!

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      Lol upbeat as ever Michael ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Now even Bilics comments are uninspiring & bland.You have dug a new one out of the locker this week ๐Ÿ˜

  • Chedylan says:

    next game, can we at least drop as many players as possible who clearly are not going to be here next season, and replace with younger players that will be,

    Starting with Callieri.

    Why even waste a precious minute of game time on this guy?

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