Liverpool’s impressive start of the season has been hit hard by Slevan Bilic’s West Ham United as the Reds lost 0-3 at home to West Ham United.
The Hammers cruised to victory at Anfield but saw captain Mark Noble sent off for violent conduct in the 78th minute of the match.
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho saw red as Brendan Rodgers side fell to a 3-0 defeat to West Ham United.
The Reds suffered their first defeat of the season as first half goals from Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble gave the Hammers a half-time lead.
Both center halves for Liverpool, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren gave poor performances for the team as they were the gulty parties for the first two goals respectively.
The Anfield side came close to pinching a first-half goal as Roberto Firmino struck the woodwork, but could not present a constant offensive challenge to Slaven Bilic’s side.
Diafra Sakho wrapped up the win in second half stoppage time, following a red card apiece as Coutinho was dismissed for a second bookable offence on 52 minutes and West Ham captain Noble saw red after 78 minutes.
Danny Ings made his Liverpool debut from the bench and made a good diagonal run but could not get past the West Ham defense.
A committed and disciplined back four was protected superbly by the energetic trio of Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate and Noble, allowing Dimitri Payet and Lanzini in particular the freedom to do damage in the Liverpool half.
The midfielder’s debut showcased a willingness to pick up the ball deep and drive forward at pace and also an eagerness to work for the team by closing down opponents to force mistakes – something he did to optimum effect for the second goal.
In contrast, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, brought in from £29m in the summer, was a peripheral figure and was substituted after an hour.