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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham: Post-match analysis as Reds click on Sturridge’s return

ThisIsAnfield.com - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 23:48

Liverpool hit form in Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to West Ham United, with Daniel Sturridge arriving at the right time, writes Jack Lusby.

 Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Welcoming West Ham United to Anfield on the back of the League Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea, Liverpool returned to winning ways in inspired fashion with a 2-0 victory over Sam Allardyce’s side.

Brendan Rodgers kept his successful 3-4-2-1 formation, with Adam Lallana replacing Steven Gerrard as one of the Reds’ No. 10s behind lone striker Raheem Sterling.

Sterling scored shortly after half time, before a returning Daniel Sturridge sealed the three points with a clinical strike.

Resolute Defence

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Much was made prior to the tie of Andy Carroll’s return to Anfield as a Hammers striker, and the former £35 million man made himself a Merseyside villain after some disgraceful pre-match media work.

The focal point of Allardyce’s attack was always going to be Carroll.

Continuing their physical approach to the game, balls were angled high and Carroll was charged with winning aerial duels, with his faithful deputy Kevin Nolan deployed in the No. 10 role in order to latch onto any knock-downs.

Carroll made his presence felt early on with an elbow into the face of right centre-back Emre Can, and the Reds’ back line would have been expected to shrink against such a bold, direct approach.

Happily however, Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho responded with a resolute physicality, with the latter pair in shining through in particular, while goalkeeper Simon Mignolet continued his rise in form with a confident aerial dominance.

Emre Can, Martin Skrtel & Mamadou Sakho made 32 clearances between them today v #WHUFC. That's one way to deal with a direct approach. #LFC

— Jack Lusby (@LusbyLatest) January 31, 2015

Sakho, after a poor showing against Chelsea on Tuesday night, was back to his bullish best, and kept Carroll under wraps for the majority of the game while also helping to marginalise a particularly off-colour Enner Valencia.

Mamadou Sakho completed 100% of his passes and won 100% of his tackles in the first half for Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/6U6JYKQ3Nq

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 31, 2015

Furthermore Sakho’s passing proved, once again, the foundation to Liverpool’s build-up in creative areas, as he fed the likes of Philippe Coutinho on the left flank.

Majestic Attack

 Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers has enjoyed success recently with a fluid front line of Sterling, Coutinho and Lallana supported by wing-backs Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic, and its restoration against West Ham continued this run.

With the Hammers only generally threatening with direct play and set-pieces, much of Liverpool’s attacking play came on the counter.

West Ham stand-in right-back Joey O’Brien truly struggled with the occasion, and Liverpool duly overloaded their left flank.

Leading the charge was Coutinho, who operated just to the left of Sterling at centre-forward.

Two years on from his £8.5 million signing, Coutinho is finding remarkable consistency in a central role for Liverpool, and this continued at Anfield on Saturday.

Coutinho and Sterling https://t.co/ZZuTfhWJqN

— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) January 31, 2015

Confident collecting the ball and direct in running at West Ham’s shaky defence, Coutinho made everything happen for Liverpool.

Coutinho made three dribbles and three key passes, including a pair of assists, and made a great claim for man of the match.

Sterling, however, arguably topped this performance in another mature display.

The 20-year-old’s predilection for dropping deep and drifting wide can often be to the detriment of Liverpool’s attack when he is utilised as a centre-forward, but against West Ham Sterling married this ghostly quality with persistence in the 18-yard-box.

Raheem Sterling's game by numbers: 91% pass accuracy 7 take-ons 3 shots 3 chances created 1 goal Great display. pic.twitter.com/22pxHkks2x

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 31, 2015

Sterling’s goal was the result of sheer persistence from both the striker and Coutinho, and Liverpool were sailing before the introduction of Sturridge lifted Rodgers’ side to a higher plateau.

The Return of Daniel Sturridge

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the second goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Coutinho and Sterling flying and the support of Moreno and Markovic as effective as ever, Rodgers could hardly have envisaged a better opportunity to bring Sturridge, who has been on the sidelines for such a long time, back into the fold.

The England man has been lauded by most as the final piece to the Liverpool attacking puzzle during his absence, and expectations could have been damaging if the Reds were behind.

Instead Sturridge slotted in perfectly, replacing Markovic on 68 minutes.

Football - FA Premier League - Liverpool FC v West Ham United FC

Looking lively from the off, Sturridge was immediately fouled by a lazy Alex Song after some good work holding the ball up—an underrated quality of the striker’s, Sturridge can bring an added stature and physicality to the Liverpool attack that Sterling could not provide.

With Sterling dropping into the No. 10 role behind Sturridge, Liverpool’s attacking focus shifted to the right flank—now Coutinho cut in from the left-hand side to supply and Lallana, now playing right wing-back, could drift in with supporting decoy runs.

This worked to devastating effect as Coutinho fed Sturridge for his goal on 80 minutes.

@theliverpoolway http://t.co/DkcUfRyMBp

— Pride of Merseyside (@LFC_Squad) January 31, 2015

Sturridge had consigned West Ham to defeat within 12 minutes of his introduction, and Liverpool look to be back to their best.

Rodgers can now plan for a testing league run against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Manchester City in the next month to come, and now has a wealth of attacking options.

Returning with such effect, Sturridge has underlined his intention to make up for lost time.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge celebrate after the 2-0 victory over West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Supporting him, the majestic Coutinho, Sterling, Moreno and Markovic should provide an overwhelming attacking might.

Furthermore in Jordon Ibe, who replaced Coutinho on 81 minutes, Rodgers has recalled a ready-made direct attacking option capable of stretching defences in the closing stages of games.

We all hoped it would unfold this way, and the return of Daniel Sturridge in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday now represents a timely injection of quality just as Brendan Rodgers finds his side hitting incisive attacking form.

Statistics via WhoScored.

Should Daniel Sturridge start Liverpool’s next game, or continue a substitutes’ role? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Brendan Rodgers pleased to have Daniel Sturridge back in West Ham victory

ThisIsAnfield.com - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 23:43

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists expectations still need to be handled carefully regarding Daniel Sturridge but he was delighted that the fit-again striker is back and scoring.

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The England international ended a five-month injury absence by coming off the bench to score the Reds’ second in a 2-0 win against West Ham after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring early in the second half.

Sturridge’s return has been long-awaited with the side struggling for a cutting edge and while Rodgers is keen for the 25-year-old to be held up as a solution to all their problems he admits it is a relief to see him scoring again.

“It was nice for him. He has been out for a long time and worked very hard,” he said. “When he is in that area of the pitch he has shown he is lethal and it was a great first touch and then he has great power off both sides and it was a wonderful finish. I am delighted for him.

“He has come back into the fold but it is just managing that integration into the team but I know he is excited about coming back.

“But it was better him scoring than not scoring because if he doesn’t everyone is looking at him wondering when he will get his first goal.”

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the second goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers rested captain Steven Gerrard as a precaution after he reported a tight hamstring after 120 minutes against Chelsea in their midweek Capital One Cup semi-final defeat but said the midfielder would be available for the FA Cup replay at Bolton on Wednesday.

The team coped comfortably in his absence, even withstanding a physical barrage from Hammers striker Andy Carroll which saw Emre Can and Lazar Markovic caught in the face by forearms.

“The first one looked like the centre-forward was jumping up and he has got ahead of Emre. That is Andy’s game, physicality is a big part, but I thought out players were great in how they dealt with it,” added the Reds boss.

“The team stood up to the aerial duels very well, pressed the game well and they got their rewards for that.”

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Фотоотчёт о матче Ливерпуль — Вест Хэм

Liverbird.ru - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 23:23
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Liverpool FC 2 West Ham 0 - Ian Doyle's Match Verdict: Sturridge is back...now Reds can get a wriggle on

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:51
MATCH VERDICT: Ian Doyle thinks Sturridge's return can really change Liverpool's season
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Liverpool FC players react on social media as Daniel Sturridge returns with a goal as the Reds see off West Ham United

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:49
Sturridge, in his first appearance since August, and Sterling both scored in a routine 2-0 win
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Sturridge: Great to be back

Sky Sports - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:45
Daniel Sturridge praised Liverpool’s team performance after they continued their impressive run of form to beat West Ham 2-0 at Anfield.
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Brendan Rodgers salutes "lethal" Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool FC win

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:39
MANAGER REACTION: "When he is in that area, he has shown for us over the last two years that he is lethal," says Rodgers
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Defensive 'crisis' for Allardyce

Sky Sports - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:38
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he is facing a defensive crisis after losing two players during the defeat at Liverpool.
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Liverpool 2-0 West Ham: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:27

Liverpool brushed aside West Ham 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday, and we assess each Reds player on a victorious afternoon for Brendan Rodgers‘ men.

 Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET (out of 10)- 6.5

The Belgian had a largely untroubled afternoon, but whenever he was called upon he was solid. There are signs that his form is improving, which he deserves great credit for after a tough time of things.

Collected crosses and corners comfortably on more than one occasion. Another cleansheet, huge for his confidence.

EMRE CAN- 7

The imposing youngster continues to look a class act at the back for Liverpool, and his use of the ball and reading of the game was impressive all afternoon. He also dealt well with the physicality of former Red Andy Carroll.

Moved to centre of the three in the second half and looked assured.

MARTIN SKRTEL- 7

The 30-year-old continued his good run of form. He handled the pace of Enner Valencia well on the whole, and generally looks far more steady in a back three.

MAMADOU SAKHO- 8

Football - FA Premier League - Liverpool FC v West Ham United FC

Sakho was colossal from start to finish, and continues to show what a brilliant centre-back he is. He was excellent in all aspects of his defending, and is a hugely important player for Liverpool now.

Credit to for him playing through the pain barrier with his back injury. Played out of the back and was praised by Brendan Rodgers post-match.

LAZAR MARKOVIC- 6

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a terrific time of things in his wing-back role, but he was far from his best against the Hammers. His influence was minimal, and he missed a glorious chance to make it 1-0 just before half-time.

LUCAS LEIVA- 7

The Brazilian was not as noticeable and influential as he has been in recent weeks, but he was still quietly effective. He used the ball intelligently, and provided good defensive cover in front of the defence.

JORDAN HENDERSON- 7

Like Lucas, Henderson wasn’t at his best, but he didn’t need to be. His passing was effective and his energy levels were as impressive as ever. Needs to improve his set pieces though.

ALBERTO MORENO- 7

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against West Ham United's Alex Song during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The young Spaniard was a constant outlet on the left, making endless runs down the flank to support the attack. Defensively he was largely troubled, but was solid in that area nonetheless.

ADAM LALLANA- 6

After a disappointing showing on his last Anfield outing against Bolton, Lallana was once again on the periphery of things. He is still far from his best though, and will come good.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 8.5

The 22-year-old produced yet another virtuoso display, outlining why he is such a vital player for Liverpool now. He created both goals, and his assist for Raheem Sterling‘s effort was a joy to watch. Man of the Match.

RAHEEM STERLING- 7.5

 Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sterling was a pest to West Ham all afternoon, and his link-up play with Coutinho was mesmerising at times. He took his goal expertly, and looked a class act from start to finish. Eight goals for the season for the 20-year-old now.

Substitutes

DANIEL STURRIDGE (on for Markovic 68)- 7

The 25-year-old has missed five months of action, but scored within 12 minutes of coming on. His return is enormous for the Reds; we finally have a finisher in the team again. Gave Liverpool a completely new edge in the final third, which is long overdue and hugely welcomed.

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the second goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JORDON IBE (on for Coutinho 81)- n/a

Produced one good shot to test Adrian, but wasn’t on the pitch long enough to assess properly. Good to see him back and adding another option in attack.

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Boss' dual delight for Daniel and the Reds

LiverpoolFC TV - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:23
There was dual delight for Brendan Rodgers on Saturday as he watched Daniel Sturridge make a goalscoring return from injury and his young stars thrive to down West Ham United 2-0.
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Liverpool FC 2 West Ham 0: Coutinho to Sterling is a thing of beauty, and four other things we learned

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 22:17
WHAT WE LEARNED: The five big talking points after a good win at Anfield
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Liverpool FC 2 West Ham 0: What the fans are saying about Daniel Sturridge's return

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:54
WHAT THE FANS SAY: Liverpool supporters have been celebrating Sturridge back in the Reds side
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Rodgers explains Gerrard absence

LiverpoolFC TV - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:53
Brendan Rodgers explained the reason behind Steven Gerrard's absence from Liverpool's 2-0 win over West Ham United – and confirmed he will return to the squad for the midweek trip to Bolton Wanderers.
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Rodgers: We've missed Sturridge

Sky Sports - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:39
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side have been missing Daniel Sturridge’s pace and finishing after the striker scored on his return.
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Liverpool fans react to West Ham win and Daniel Sturridge’s return

ThisIsAnfield.com - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:22

Liverpool won 2-0 against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, and we look at how those associated with the Reds reacted on social media both during and after the game.

 Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Much of the pre-match hype was about the return of Daniel Sturridge, having missed five months of action because of injury.

It was the 25-year-old who made the headlines, ultimately, scoring clinically just 12 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.

In truth, there have been more memorable afternoons at Anfield, and the freezing cold conditions certainly didn’t help the crowd or the players, but it was solid victory against a West Ham side with Champions League aspirations of their own.

Raheem Sterling‘s expertly taken effort gave Liverpool the lead five minutes after half-time, after a wondrous Philippe Coutinho pass, and Sturridge put the game to bed midway through the second-half. It’s now seven Premier League games unbeaten for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

Here is how social media reacted to the victory, and Sturridge’s triumphant return.

Daniel Sturridge can't keep the smile off his face. Marks his return with a goal and has come through 22mins injury free.

— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) January 31, 2015

Cool finish from Sterling but the brilliance of Coutinho made it. Perfectly weighted pass.

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 31, 2015

Two of football's notorious hardmen Downing and Markovic go head to head. #LFC

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 31, 2015

#LFC league form since switching to 3-4-3: W5 D2 L1 F14 A8. 4 clean sheets and failed to score once.

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) January 31, 2015

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge celebrate after the 2-0 victory over West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

‘hoosierred’ on the forum:

Sturridge showed exactly what this team has be missing all season. And why none of the other three strikers are starting even though no one else on the team can shoot.

Solid performance all around. Controlled the midfield, created chance after chance and finally finished a couple. Outside of swinging elbows West Ham created very little trouble for our defense.

Between Coutinho, Sakho or Sterling for man of the match for me, very difficult to choose but Sakho was an absolute colossus. #LFC

— Jack Lusby (@LusbyLatest) January 31, 2015

Lots of good performances today, but to me, it looks like we have a different keeper in recent games. Migs has really stepped up game. #LFC.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) January 31, 2015

Remember when Liverpool looked like they had a cutting edge. It’s back. At last.

— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) January 31, 2015

‘Hope in your heart’ on the forum:

Pretty much a walk in the park, at least during the second half. Excellent element of control in midfield, great chances created (Coutinho… what a player!) and obviously, a genuine striker coming back into the team makes all the difference in the fluidity of our game in front of goal.

That was Liverpool's third Premier League clean sheet in a row. pic.twitter.com/9UF5k5gMNE

— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) January 31, 2015

Stewart Downing looking unhappy on his return to Anfield. Perhaps because he still can't find the bottle he lost there when he joined #LFC.

— Not Brian Kettle (@briankettle) January 31, 2015

Massive 3 points great to see my boy dstudge bag on his return ???? http://t.co/WZFWU4ajoh

— Raheem Sterling (@sterling31) January 31, 2015

Difficult game but we got the 3 points and kept the clean sheet. Big game on Wednesday. YNWA

— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) January 31, 2015

Get in! What an assist from Coutinho for Sterling to finish.

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 31, 2015

The dance is back! Lfc win & another clean sheet in the league.

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 31, 2015

Let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments section below.

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Liverpool 2 West Ham 0 talking point: Oh, how the Kop has missed Daniel Sturridge

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:20
TALKING POINT: Liverpool FC editor Andy Kelly ruminates on a day an Anfield hero returned
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Ливерпуль – Вест Хэм 2:0

LiverpoolFC.ru - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:09

Возвращение Дэниела Старриджа на поле ознаменовалось уверенной победой Ливерпуля и голом самого форварда.

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LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:08
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Кто стал лучшим игроком матча с «Вест Хэмом»?

Liverbird.ru - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 21:00

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Live: Liverpool FC v West Ham

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 31/01/2015 - 20:54
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