West Ham v Liverpool: Title-chasers slow up at worst possible moment


Fans will certainly be hoping that's the case as the youngster was in superb form this season having formed an excellent partnership with Virgil van Dijk before his injury.

The focus will be on Liverpool's loss of nerve, but West Ham deserve so much praise. That is great. For me, they [Tottenham] are 100 percent in the race.

"There were different moments when we thought we could do this or that". Could we have played better?

The West Ham captain and his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, both said that the home side had deserved to win the game ahead of Liverpool, whose first-half goal should have been disallowed for offside. I didn't see a good game from us, a couple didn't perform at the highest level but that has happened before and it will happen in the future.

Mane's goal should have been ruled out, West Ham missed several big chances and Origi was clearly offside (although the linesman didn't flag) as he missed a huge chance to win the game in stoppage time. 100%. But the games are hard.

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But I know why [Manuel Pellegrini] thinks that, because our goal was offside, I didn't know that in the game and at half-time, nobody told me and I didn't ask.

Pellegrini added that he had done another of his former employers a favour. "The preparation for the game is far from being ideal but we still got a point".

The Reds boss feared the 21-year-old would need to have surgery again and Liverpool have now confirmed that Gomez will undergo an operation to help facilitate his return to full fitness as soon as possible.

Pellegrini was the manager in charge of City when they took advantage of Liverpool's late season collapse in 2013-14, winning the club's second Premier League title in the process. We could have played better tonight. The referee must know that at half-time, it explains the second half because I think the referee knew and you saw there were a lot of unusual situations, not decisive, just rhythm breakers.