West Ham were edged out by Liverpool on Wednesday night with Declan Rice hailing his side’s performance as Jurgen Klopp also argued his team were good value for the three points.
Jurgen Klopp and Declan Rice clearly had differing opinions after Liverpool narrowly beat West Ham at Anfield.
Darwin Nunez’s first-half strike was enough for the Reds to secure their second win in a matter of days following their victory over Manchester City. The Hammers, who have not hit the heights of recent years so far this season, grew into the game, especially in the second-half.
Jarrod Bowen missed from the spot in front of the Kop when the visitors were trailing whilst Tomas Soucek missed a chance in the second 45 from just yards out. Klopp’s assessed after the three points that Liverpool were “really good” as he gave his verdict on the contest.
The German said: “I am delighted. A lot of the parts were really good. As long as we played football we were outstanding and caused West Ham a lot of problems but the only problem was we didn’t play this football for the whole 95 minutes and we opened it up for West Ham. They increased the risk by bringing on Michail Antonio and other players and they were a real threat with the long balls, all of a sudden we had to defend.
“We knew that, I don’t stand here thinking it should be an easy game for us, but we got the result and I think we deserved the result. In the end it wasn’t that luck has always been on our side but maybe today we had it, or Ali, however you want to look at it. It is three points more, massive.”
That said, Hammers midfield Rice, who was named Man of the Match, clearly felt his side were deserving of at least a point on Merseyside. West Ham were narrowly beaten at Anfield last term, spurning several chances and the England star insists the London outfit can mix it with the top six.
He said: “I feel sick, I honestly feel sick. We know it is tough place to come, you have to show grit, heart and desire. There was enough in the second half to nick something from the game. We are showing signs we can compete with the big boys. To show the courage we did in the second half, dominating the ball and creating chances, I’m proud of everyone. I’m just gutted we couldn’t get something from the game like we should have.”
David Moyes added to the BBC : “We came really close to getting something, it is difficult to say sometimes if you deserve more than you’ve got but I think we did tonight. We put Liverpool under pressure and created chances. We missed a penalty and didn’t score what looked like a tap-in. If we play like that we will win more than we will lose.
“Nobody comes to Anfield and thinks it is an easy place to get a result – I know that more than anyone. But I think we ran Liverpool close.”