Liverpool drop points at London Stadium as West Ham rescue late draw

Liverpool drop points at London Stadium as West Ham rescue late draw

Liverpool drop points at London Stadium as West Ham rescue late draw

Jurgen Klopp was a frustrated figure once again, as Liverpool dropped more points in the Premier League title race, despite dominating a poor West Ham side at the London Stadium.

  • Jurgen Klopp makes five changes from the team that lost the Merseyside Derby
  • Elliott, Quansah, Endo, Gravenberch, and Gakpo all return to the Starting XI
  • The game is played at a very slow tempo, with both sides lacking confidence or rhythm
  • Liverpool have penalty overturned by VAR for offside before Luis Diaz hits the post
  • Jared Bowen gives West Ham the lead with a header just before halftime

HALF-TIME - West Ham 1 - 0 Liverpool

  • Liverpool start the second half positively, with Andy Robertson bringing the Reds level, with his second goal of the season
  • Liverpool takes the lead after a Cody Gakpo shot is deflected into the net of three West Ham players
  • Despite dominating, Liverpool rue missed chances as Antonio fires the Hammers level with 10 minutes left

FULL-TIME - West Ham 2 - 2 Liverpool

Match Summary

Liverpool's poor form continued at the London Stadium, as the Reds conceded the lead for the 16th time in the Premier League this season.  Jurgen Klopp's side did improve in the second half, and looked on course for a morale-boosting victory, only for defensive frailties to re-appear, with Michel Antonio equalising for the Hammers near the end of the game.

Both teams have been on a poor run of form lately, and it clearly showed, as the match started at a very slow tempo, with no passion or desire from either team.   And this lethargy was matched by the fans, who failed to create any kind of atmosphere inside the London Stadium.

As the first half wore on, both teams did eventually create chances, with Luis Diaz hitting the post for Liverpool, as well as the Reds having a penalty overturned for offside, but it was West Ham who took the lead just before half-time, as Jared Bowen was given far to much space in the box to head in from a corner.  As the West Ham players celebrated, Virgil Van Dijk threw his hands in the air in frustration, as Liverpool's defence was once again breached far too easily.

Surprisingly, Jurgen Klopp did not make any changes at half-time, but his team-talk certainly inspired the Reds, who started much more positively, and duly equalised through Andy Robertson just three minutes after the break.  The goal really lifted Liverpool's spirits, and it was not surprising to see them take the lead 15 minutes later when Cody Gakpo's shot hit three Hammers players on the way into the goal.  That should have been enough for Liverpool to secure the victory, but after wasting a number of other chances, the Reds were left wondering what might have been, as Michel Antonio scored with ten minutes remaining.

In the end both teams had to settle for a draw and a single point - which helps neither side in the respective pursuits, although it was probably a far result given how poor both sides were for large parts of the match.

West Ham vs Liverpool match stats (Premier League)

Possession
West Ham 29% - 71% Liverpool

Total Shots
West Ham 11 - 28 Liverpool

Shots on Target
West Ham 8 - 8 Liverpool

Corners
West Ham 5 - 8 Liverpool

Fouls
West Ham 8 - 10 Liverpool

Man of the Match

Alexis Mac Allister - 7/10 - Not his best showing in a red shirt, but much more composed and positive than recent performances.

What's Next

Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday 5th May.  Kick-off is 16:30.  The game will be shown live on Sky Sports.  Kick-off is 12:30 GMT.

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