Klopp’s young Liverpool side took it to West Ham in the 4th round of the FA Cup and almost knocked them out but failed to take their chances meaning that Liverpool, who are already packed with a lot of fixtures will play a replay of this round at the Upton Park.
There were a number of impressive performances from the Liverpool youngsters who have now made a name for themselves and deserve more first team opportunities. Here are the player ratings for the teams for this game:
Simon Mignolet (2.5):
Given an extended run in the team to build up confidence, Mignolet was hardly tested in the game but looked nervous and shaky dealing with crosses when under pressure.
Nathaniel Clyne (3.5):
Coming back from injury, Clyne gave the Hammers no space or time down his flank and also made a number of marauding runs forward to provide some width in attack.
Dejan Lovren (3):
Started the game confidently but lost his cool after picking up the yellow card and was a bit nervy and rash at the back for the last quarter of the game.
Steven Caulker (3):
Hardly put a foot wrong in defense alongside Lovren but misplaced some passes that saw his team lose possession. But fully deserved the clean sheet for his first game at the back for Liverpool.
Brad Smith (2.5):
Was full of energy and drive down the flank but was often caught out of position and also gave away the ball with some wayward passing in the final third.
Cameroon Brannagan (3.5): (MOTM)
One of the best players on the pitch in Red, Brannagan showed a great zeal going forward in attack and also made life difficult for the Hammer’s mid-field as he was constantly on his toes winning the ball back. He was superb with his set-pieces and almost got his team the lead with a scorcher from outside the box that that had Randolph diving to his left. A complete performance from the youngster.
Kevin Stewart (3):
Was caught out defensively at times but was generally a big presence in the mid-field for Liverpool as he had no trouble controlling the tempo of the game in the middle.
Joe Allen (3):
Found loads of space and time on the ball as he tried his best to set his team up with a goal and also came close to scoring late in the second half.
Jordan Ibe (2.5):
Found it difficult to get into the game on either flanks as he saw very little of the ball but did well to provide some passes to his team mates in good positions every time he could.
Joao Carlos Teixeira (3):
Constantly got himself into good positions and troubled the West Ham defense time and again as he almost helped Liverpool get over the line at Anfield.
Christian Benteke (2):
Had some chances to put the game to bed but was largely a spectator in the final third as his lack of movement often hampered Liverpool’s attacking moves in the final third.
Jose Enrique (1.5)
Sheyi Ojo (2.5)
Jerome Sinclair (2.5)
West Ham United:
Randoplh (3.5) ; A Cresswell (3), J Tomkins (2.5), W Reid (3), A Ogbonna (2.5); A Song (2.5), P Obiang (2.5), C Kouyate (3); V Moses (2.5), D Payet (3); E Valencia (2).