Anfield faithful show resilience as the players follow the encouragement
Liverpool’s matchup against West Ham United this past Monday was certainly a barn burner to watch live. Although there was a lot of screaming and nail-biting, by the end of the game LFC has shown the rest of the EPL something paramount to a team that is ever more surprising as the Matchdays continue. From all of the things that LFC has accomplished this year the win against West Ham at Anfield showed Liverpool’s squad have something that you can’t teach, resilience and a will to not accept defeat. The club showed such tenacity and determination that it could not be ignored, and after the equalizer was scored there was an instant feeling that this game would end with a Liverpool victory.
Jurgen Klopp’s team has done so much already this season, but like all of us know any team can win or lose on any given day in the EPL. Liverpool struck first in the game, giving the fans at Anfield a recognizable feeling of, “We got this.” Wijnaldum scored quickly in the 9th minute with a deft header sent in by the ever-present Alexander-Arnold, who is fast becoming one of the best right-backs in the world. Just four minutes later Diop scored to even the game. Most clubs fans would start getting agitated, and not encouraging their players, this was not the case at Anfield. Within a few seconds of the goal being scored the Liverpool faithful could be heard erupting with their trademark chant, “Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool!” Not enough can be said of the 12th man the fans played in this hard-fought game.
After halftime had passed yet another painful shot to the LFC fans came when in the 54th minute Pablo Fornais scored to take the lead against Liverpool on their patch. Still, the chants came from the stands. There was not a single time on the field where fear, doubt, or panic set in on the faces of the Liverpool players. It seemed like even they knew that they would not only draw the game, but win, and win it they did. The brilliant move to put Oxlade-Chamberlain in the game after halftime proved to be at least a factor in the shift in momentum.
In the 68th Minute, the Egyptian Pharaoh Mo Salah shot the ball directly at the legs, and hands of Fabianski. It was brutal to watch as that save should have been made, but fortune favors the bold, and LFC tied the game at 2-2. The game progressed seemingly quickly from that point on, with LFC on the attack nearly all the time, and West Ham backing up into their 3rd simply to preserve the draw. That simply was not going to happen to a team with no losses and only one draw all season. In the 81st minute, it was yet again Alexander-Arnold’s never-ending motor that saved a ball from going out of bounds. As Fabianski came out to try to block a cross, the young Englishmen put it over his head, and the head of Firmino, only to find the Senegalese Sensation Sadio Mane wide open to tap the ball into the net.
The last few minutes of the game were also tense moments, as West Ham had opportunities inside of the LFC 3rd. Alisson had a phenomenal game in keeper, largely helping his club to the win. Haller and Antonio played well for West Ham, but it seemed the result was inevitable. Time and again I have stated that LFC’s team this year is the best to play in the EPL. They added another weapon to their arsenal during the West Ham Game that showed they may be down but they are never out. The resilience and poise from this LFC side showed more about the character of the team and the coach who has instilled in all of his players. Yet again Liverpool has yet to be stopped, and they are still walking alone, far, far away from the rest at the top of the English Premier League.