Liverpool narrowly beat West Ham after Nunez’s first goal in Anfield

(Football news) Darwin Nunez scored a superb header which subsequently broke his Anfield goal drought as he helped earn Liverpool a narrow 1-0 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League. The mood at Anfield was buoyant after Liverpool's win over defending champions Manchester City at the weekend and were given more to celebrate as in the 22nd minute when Nunez beautifully met a cross by Kostas Tsimikas to put Jurgen Klopp's side in front. Nunez, who joined Liverpool in June, was probably having his best match as he was close to a second goal when he rattled the post with a piledriver of a shot.

West Ham had a great chance to level the score from the penalty spot at the stroke of half-time when last match’s hero Joe Gomez brought down Jarrod Bowen, but the England International saw his attempt superbly saved by Alisson. Liverpool were lacking the intensity they showed against City as they struggled to contain a lively West Ham side after the break, who would have taken a point home had either Said Benrahma or Tomas Soucek taken their chances. Victory has now lifted Liverpool into seventh place with 16 points from 10 games and as for West Ham they suffered their first defeat in four league games leaving them in 13th place with 11 points.

Klopp after the final whistle looked relieved and gave a special hug to goalkeeper Alisson whose penalty save proved the difference in the end. Liverpool then appeared to run out of steam in the second half as West Ham began to dominate the match. Substitute Benrahma should have converted his chance when a high ball caught out Liverpool's defence but he tamely volleyed the shot at Alisson. In the 87th minute, West Ham manager David Moyes was left to be disappointed when Soucek looked certain to score but James Milner deflected the Czech's effort wide of the post. 

"It was an outstanding penalty save. It was a really well-taken penalty, right in the corner, and I had no idea how Ali did that," Klopp said. “We were really good in the first 35 minutes and played everywhere where West Ham couldn't defend against us. We scored a wonderful goal and with a bit more luck Darwin could have had a hat trick."

"I feel sick, I honestly feel sick," West Ham's Declan Rice said of his side's frustration. "There was enough in the second half to nick something from the game."

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