West Ham United’s Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals became Liverpool’s nightmare this Sunday, defeating it by forcing an own goal from Alisson on a corner kick and culminating a counterattack in the second half (3-2).
Fornals was the figure in the victory of West Ham United and stood out from the beginning of the duel. In minute 4, a corner kick was poisoned and Alisson hit just enough and put the ball into his goal.
The VAR reviewed the play for a possible hand by Ogbonna in the jump with the Brazilian goalkeeper, but did not appreciate anything and West Ham took the lead very early against the ‘Reds’.
Forced to come back, Jürgen Klopp’s men put the game one more gear and achieved the equalizer in the 41st minute, when Trent Alexander-Arnold, who gave two assists in the Champions League against Atlético de Madrid, launched a free-kick over the the barrier and beat Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.
There were 45 minutes left at the London Olympics and Craig Dawson opened the second half with a header off the crossbar, quickly answered with a Fabianski save to Sadio Mané from point-blank range.
While Mohamed Salah was desperate not to find a gap between the central ‘Hammers’, Fornals made blood against him.
The Spanish culminated in a heads-up against Alisson a very good transition from Jarrod Bowen, which left him alone against the Brazilian goalkeeper. Fornals, with a bitten shot, made it 2-1 and West Ham took advantage of Liverpool’s confusion to sentence.
Bowen hit a corner kick at the far post and Kurt Zouma appeared alone and headed into the net.
Divock Origi closed the gap to 10 minutes to go with a shot from the turn and Mané had a very clear chance in added time to have tied, but in the end Liverpool left London without a prize.
The defeat is a step back from Liverpool, which falls to fourth place with 22 points, four behind the leader, Chelsea, while West Ham reaffirms itself in the ‘Champions’ zone and rises to third place with 23 points, the same as Manchester City.