West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Liverpool’s second goal was the killer after a 4-0 horror show at Anfield.
Despite arriving full of optimism with nine new signings, Pellegrini’s men succumbed to a hammering against Jurgen Klopp’s side today.
Many fans weren’t happy with the display, with a lot of ire aimed at the Mark Noble/Jack Wilshere partnership.
However, Pellegrini didn’t point the finger at any of his players, instead stating that allowing bad goals at key times is what cost them against last season’s Champions League finalists.
Speaking to the official club website, Pellegrini continued to remain positive despite the defeat:
We knew before the game that it was going to be a tough start. Liverpool are a sold team with good players. I recognise that Liverpool were the better team today, but when the score was 1-0, we had two or three opportunities to level, but in the last seconds of the first half they score and at the end of a half where it could have been 1-1, it was 2-0. The second goal was a blow psychologically for us. It’s such a difference to come in at half-time 1-0 down instead of 2-0. Then at the start of the second half it’s a clear offside goal and that decides it. But I must be clear we need to improve. Liverpool played better than us and deserved the win.
It was a disappointingly lacklustre display by the Hammers, with five of their nine summer signings making starts.
Pellegrini’s task now is to pick the squad up quickly ahead of a match against a buzzing Bournemouth side who won on opening day against Cardiff City.
And the West Ham manager will surely now change things after a dire display against one of the potential favourites for the title.