Liverpool v West Ham Report & Analysis- Reds complete “4-1” league double over Hammers

A dire second half performance saw West Ham slump to defeat at Anfield to Liverpool, who ended up beating the Hammers by the same 4-1 scoreline they had won by when the two teams met at the London Stadium earlier this season.

Given West Ham’s poor record at Anfield and Liverpool’s attacking prowess, few would’ve given the Hammers a chance before the game, but a two week break and the club’s encouraging performances against the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea earlier in the season had several fans hopeful.

West Ham boss David Moyes, who had never won at Anfield as manager, made two changes, bringing in Patrice Evra for his club debut for Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini back from injury at the expense of Javier Hernandez. [Read more…]

James Milner Adrian obstruction?- Emre Can goal v West Ham 2018

Was Liverpool’s James Milner guilty of obstructing West Ham goalkeeper Adrian during the Reds’ first goal in their 4-1 win at Anfield?

West Ham had survived for nearly half an hour before Emre Can got the better of debutant Patrice Evra at a corner and headed home. But should this goal, Can’s sixth & Liverpool’s 100th of the season across all competitions, been allowed to stand? Was Milner obstructing Adrian? Clever play because the medio doesn’t move that much. Would it have been called if Adrian had made more of an effort to get past him? Perhaps yes. [Read more…]

West Ham Andre Frank Anguissa | Hammers among clubs interested in Cameroon international

West Ham are reportedly among a host of Premier League clubs interested in Marseille’s young defensive midfielder Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa. The 22 year old Cameroonian was part of the Indomitable Lions squad that took part in the Confederations Cup in Russia last year and was also Man of the Match in their draw against the Socceroos.

The Hammers apparently face competition from Newcastle, Watford and West Bromwich Albion, the last of whom have already had a 15 million euro bid rejected by Marseille. Albion moving for Anguissa would also perhaps mean the end of Grzegorz Krychowiak’s stint at the Hawthorns. [Read more…]

Jose Fonte leaves West Ham to join Dalian Yifang in £5m deal

A little over a year after signing him from Southampton, West Ham have agreed to let Portuguese defender Jose Fonte leave the club, with the 34 year old set to move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang for £5m.

Veteran Fonte, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, reportedly had his eyes on one last hurrah with the Portuguese national team at Russia 2018, and felt that regular football would stand him in good stead ahead of the quadrennial extravaganza.

Fonte last played for the Hammers in October against Crystal Palace and his departure effectively leaves West Ham with five options for 3 CB spots- Angelo Ogbonna, James Collins, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell and young Declan Rice. It is, one would say, a slight gamble for an injury hit squad that is fighting to stay up, but manager David Moyes reckons he has enough cover at the back. [Read more…]

Adrian nominated for Best Goalkeeper at London Football Awards

Goalkeeper Adrian is the only West Ham player to be nominated for the 2018 London Football Awards. LFA 2018 will raise money for the Willow Foundation, founded by Bob Wilson back in 1999.

Adrian is up against Thibault Courtois, Hugo Lloris, Dan Bentley and Heurelho Gomes in his category.

The LFA’s take performances from 13 London clubs- AFC Wimbledon, Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea,
Crystal Palace, Fulham, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Ham, into account. [Read more…]

Liverpool (A)- Hammers return to league action after break

After a fortnight’s break, West Ham United will return to Premier League action when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dismantled the Hammers 4-1 at the London Stadium earlier in the season- a result that cost Slaven Bilic his job. Current boss David Moyes is in no such danger, but points at Anfield will certainly help the visitors take a step closer to survival, which was his task when he took over the reins from the Croat in November. [Read more…]