Arnautovic Impresses As Defenders Rack Up Low Scores In Anfield Outing To Forget For Hammers

Player Ratings Moore than just a Club

Let’s take an in-depth look at West Ham United player performance from their Saturday afternoon Premier League thrashing by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield, as David Moyes’ misery against the Reds away from home continued at his newest club.

Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10

Having kept a clean sheet last time out at home to Watford at London Stadium, the Spanish shot-stopper would endure an afternoon to forget in a hurry on Merseyside.

Though Adrian was not visibly at fault for three of the home side’s four goals and did make some impressive saves to keep the score down, for many, he did have a negative role to play in the third, charging out and allowing Roberto Firmino an empty net, he will be hoping to bounce back next weekend in Wales.

Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10

Featuring at right wing-back in a back five with a combined age of 140, the Argentine veteran followed one of his better performances in Claret & Blue with one of his lesser ones.

Zabaleta struggled to contain the pace of the likes of full-back Andy Robertson and forward Mo Salah, seeing his side exposed time and time again, but aside from his defensive display, the 34-year-old still managed to offer something going forward, though a rare poor day at the office for him.

James Collins: 5/10

Speaking of bad days at the office, the Welshman was another to surprise many with the low quality of his showing, as speculation about his future continues to bounce around.

Collins was far from his dominant self both in the air and when the ball was on the ground, allowing names such as Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane to get in behind him so easily on numerous occasions, the veteran’s place in the starting Xl will now very well be under threat.

Angelo Ogbonna: 5/10

Another example of a player not at the races in a disappointing all-around defensive performance was the former Juventus man and Hammer of the Year contender.

Ogbonna was sloppy in possession, losing the ball on multiple occasions in dangerous areas and was fortunate not to be punished for this even more than he already was, much like Collins, his usual aerial dominance also appeared to be missing, his concentration levels may have suffered as a result of two weeks of rest.

Aaron Cresswell: 5/10

Returning to the left-sided centre-back role within the five in defence, the boyhood Liverpool fan was always going to find it hard against the quality of the home side in the final third, adapting back to that role.

Klopp’s attackers were able to glide past the England International with ease more than once, the Reds’ second goal summing this up perfectly, when he wasn’t quick enough to react to a Salah shot that went through his legs on its way to the bottom corner.

Patrice Evra: 6/10

In the continued absence of suspended Arthur Masuaku, the 36-year-old Frenchman came in for his debut in a Hammers shirt and endured a tricky outing, receiving a nasty reception from the home supporters throughout the 90 minutes.

This considered and the fact that it was Evra’s first PL outing since May 2014, the former Manchester United man can be happy with his efforts, his lack of recent game time showing up at stages, but his quality also appearing, he can be proud of a battling effort.

Mark Noble: 6/10

Playing in his usual position in central midfield, protecting the back five, the skipper displayed a usual, gutsy, gritty and solid performance and led by example as one of West Ham’s better stars.

Though Noble was guilty of losing possession and letting opposition players get the better of him on occasion, his tackling and defensive work was of a high-class, seen by example in his tackle of James Milner in the first-half, he will be keen to get going again next weekend.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 6/10

Partnering Noble in the centre of the field, the Senegal captain showed signs that his impressive run of form may be coming to an end, but was far from being the worst Claret & Blue performer.

Unlike many of his teammates, Kouyate left Liverpool with something of note to his name, a clever assist for Michail Antonio’s consolation with a neatly-angled through ball, though his overall level of performance did drop, and he will know that.

Joao Mario: 5/10

Featuring alongside Manuel Lanzini in a two supporting lone striker Marko Arnautovic, the 2016 European Championship winner would have been disappointed by the departure of his national teammate earlier in the week.

But, not many will see this as an excuse for Mario’s disappointing display, the Inter Milan loanee wasted many an attacking opening with poor decision making and was slow to react to many situations, including giving the ball away for the home side’s third, the first signs of him struggling to adapt to English football.

Manuel Lanzini: 6/10

Returning from over a month out with a hamstring injury and only lasting 58 minutes on the field, the Argentina International was a passenger for the majority of his time on the pitch.

Lanzini only saw a very limited amount of time on the ball and could contribute little going forward, slightly off the pace of the affair, and looking a little like he wasn’t quite ready yet, another week of rest should bring him back to match fitness.

Marko Arnautovic: 8/10

Starting out in his new role of lone forward, the Austrian picked up right where he left off before the two weeks off and was the only real threat to goal that the visitors posed in the first-half.

In actual fact, Arnautovic came within inches of scoring twice inside the first 45, the first of them being a curling lob from distance that Karius but just managed to tip onto the bar and out and the second a fabulous strike which was again denied by the shot-stopper, it was very nearly eight and nine for the campaign for him.

Michail Antonio: 7/10

Replacing Lanzini just prior to the hour mark, the Three Lions international showed his manager exactly why he should have started the match with an almost instantaneous impact on it.

Antonio hadn’t been on the pitch for two minutes when he received a through ball from Kouyate and ran free of the defenders to convert past Karius excellently, giving the travelling supporters something to cheer about, at last, his second of an injury-hit season.

Javier Hernandez: 6/10

Another man who would have been very surprised to not have featured from the start would have been Mexico’s all-time leading goal-scorer, given his form of three in four in the league.

When Hernandez was introduced, at last, in the 83rd minute to take the place of Arnautovic, the race had already very much been run and he couldn’t have the desired impact, many will predict him to get back in the Xl next time out.

Declan Rice: 7/10

Entering the field at the same time as Chicharito to replace Mario instead, the young Irish prodigy kept up his eye-catching run of PL appearances at the tender age of 18.

Rice was composed in midfield, making some neat passes and breaking up attacks from the entertainers, although much like the man he came on with, the game was already over and rather fizzling out.

So, now that each and every featuring West Ham United squad member has been rated out of ten from one of the more disappointing team performances of the season, will the Claret & Blue stars get back to racking up high numbers next Saturday afternoon? When they pay Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City a trip in the league at the Liberty Stadium?

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.