Jurgen Klopp’s young guns impressed on Liverpool’s last trip to the Upton Park but a cruel winner by Ogbonna in injury time after 30 minutes of extra time saw West Ham dump Liverpool out of the FA Cup. West Ham will now face Blackburn in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Here are the player ratings in the 2-1 victory for West Ham over Liverpool:
West Ham United:
The West Ham shot stopper made a number of saves specially from Benteke to keep the home side in the tie till the dying moments of extra time.
J O’Brien (2.5):
Did well to peel off and hit the bar in the first half but was tested by the young Liverpool wingers all night long.
A Cresswell (2.5):
Was not at his usual best from the left flank as his crossing let him down even as he occupied some dangerous positions in the final third.
W Reid (2.5):
Came off due to a hamstring injury but put in a good shift to keep out the likes of Benteke and Coutinho for most of the game.
Was strong and solid at the back for most of the game and also put his side in the 5th round with a marauding header late in the game.
D Payet (3):
Hit the post in the first half and provided the ball for the winner from a free kick as the summer signing showed good attacking intent all throughout the game.
Almost put one past Mignolet’s right post but other than that, stayed strong and solid defensively.
Cushioned in a good volley late in the first half to give the Hammers the lead and was also good later in the game playing as a left back.
Was purposeful in his attacking runs in the first half but had to be subbed off after suffering a concussion.
M Noble (3):
Did his bit in the middle of the park and also took on some long range shots as he helped drag his team past the finish line in extra time.
E Valencia (2.5):
The most silent of the West Ham players, Valencia did well in the build up to the first goal but was often isolated up front.
J Collins (3):
Did extremely well after coming on as a sub and put in a great shift denying the likes of Sturridge and Benteke.
V Moses (3):
His fresh legs poured some energy into the home side late in the second half as he took West Ham up th field with his energy.
A Carroll (2.5):
Tried to make a nuisance of himself in the final third but could not really effect the game.
Showed some grit to come out for most crosses as the Belgian commanded his area well and could not do much to prevent either goals.
J Flanagan (3):
Threw himself around as he put his body on the line every time the ball was near his flank. A strong confident performance from the right back.
Tiago Ilori (2.5):
Was lucky to get away with a tug on Valencia earlier in the game but was generally good in the air and on the pitch.
Lucas Leiva (3.5):
The Liverpool captain on the night made some superb blocks as he kept the home side at bay only to give away a late free-kick that ended up in the back of the net.
Brad Smith (3):
Was the only attacking outlet in the first half but faded away as the game went on. Was caught out of position more often than his manager’s liking.
Pedro Chirivella (3):
Showed no signs of nerves as the youngest player in the pitch showed composure on the ball and kept the Liverpool mid-field rolling throughout the game.
Kevin Stewart (3):
Was superb in breaking up play in the middle of park and also played in some good forward balls to set his team on the attack on the night.
Jordan Ibe (2.5):
Hardly found a chance to show his pace as he tried to cut in from the right side but failed to create any chances of note.
Joao Teixeira (3):
Came close in the first half to opening the scoring but was often backing away from the physical challenge in the final third.
Phillipe Coutinho (3):
Showed what Liverpool were missing as he played a number of cute passes up front to open the West Ham defense. Also scored the only goal for the visitors with a well thought out free kick.
Christian Benteke (2.5):
The big Belgian showed some energy on the night for the whole of 120 minutes but failed to take any of the number of chances that fell his way in the two hours of football at the Upton Park.
Daniel Sturridge (3):
Looked sharp coming back from injury and linked up well with his strike partner. But was rusty coming back into the game and lacked the cutting edge.
Divock Origi (2.5):
Was played as a winger in the final third as the Belgian hardly had a chance to showcase his talents as a goal scoring striker.
James Milner (2.5):
The England international came late on in extra time but could not use his fresh legs to take his side through to the next round.