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LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM RECAP: Coutinho, Noble sent off as Hammers upset Reds

West Ham United produced a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on the weekend.

The Hammers won for the first time in 52 years at the Merseyside venue thanks to goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho in a match which saw both sides end with 10 men.

Lanzini, opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, when turning in Aaron Cresswell's low cross from the left to open his account for his new club before embarrassing Dejan Lovren on the byline and playing in the ball that fell to Mark Noble for the Hammers' second before the half-hour mark.

Liverpool's job was made even more difficult when star playmaker Philippe Coutinho was sent off for a second bookable offence early in the second half before Noble was sent packing for a challenge on Danny Ings which brought about his second yellow.

West Ham wrapped it up in injury-time when Sakho slotted beyond Simon Mignolet to inflict the Reds' first loss of the season, which sees them fall to seventh, with the East Londoners moving up to eighth.


MATCH OVERVIEW

Liverpool: 0 (red card: Philippe Coutinho 52')
West Ham United: 3 (Manuel Lanzini 3', Mark Noble 29', Diafra Sakho 90+2', red card: Noble 78')
Anfield, Liverpool - 43,680


TALKING POINTS

- Liverpool's defending was woeful after three clean sheets. Will they quickly bounce back?

- Can the Reds start scoring with all their summer spending?

- West Ham have mixed their form but look dangerous against the bigger clubs. Can they be a force if they can find some consistency?



WHAT'S NEXT?

Liverpool will be desperate to recoil quickly when they rake on arch rivals Man Utd at Old Trafford on September 13 as the Hammers look to take the scalp of Newcastle at home on Monday night, September 14.



TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

West Ham boss Bilic on a monumental win:

"Fifty-two years without winning here at a special stadium and we did it in style, we didn't nick it. It was a great performance in 90 per cent aspects of the modern game, so it is more than three points."

Liverpool's Rodgers admits to a below par performance:

"We were disappointing today. We went in with confidence high but when you give away a goal so early it gave West Ham a boost I think it was the overall performance with and without the ball. We disappointed right from the off."


STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta


TEAM LEADERS

LIVERPOOL
Goals - Philippe Coutinho, Christian Benteke 1
Assists - Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson 1
Clean sheets - Simon Mignolet 3
Yellow cards - Philippe Coutinho 2
Red cards - Philippe Coutinho 1


WEST HAM
Goals - Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble 2
Assists - Aaron Cresswell 2
Clean sheets - Adrian, Darren, Randolph 1
Yellow cards - Mark Noble 3
Red cards - Adrian, Carl Jenkinson, Mark Noble 1

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