Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United

FA Premiership
Wednesday 5th March 2008 @ 8 pm
Anfield

Fernando Torres scored his third, and Liverpool’s sixth hat-trick since the summer to ensure the reds won the ‘game in hand’ that has been at the back of our minds since August.  (It’s been 56 years since the reds managed 6 hat-tricks in a season – 1961/62 with Roger Hunt scoring 5 and Ian St John grabbing the other)

Liverpool move back in to 4th place above Everton with a superior goal difference of 8 goals. Considering Liverpool’s title challenge has faltered at Anfield – the reds have now scored more goals at home than any other Premiership side. The word of the season, like so many others, is ‘inconsistency’.

As the reds continued their recent revival they looked like they were in a different league to West Ham United. How the Hammers fans must struggle to believe they only handed Javier Mascherano 3 games, and here he is, Liverpool’s newest signing weighing in at £18 million and helping the reds to a 4-0 trouncing.

Let’s not blow too much smoke up Javier’s backside though – this game wasn’t about the reds second most expensive signing at all. It was all about the man the Americans bought <insert controversial gasp here!>. Fernando Torres proved yet again that he is Liverpool’s new messiah. A second hat-trick in as many weeks, every goal taken with the coolness and style of a young man who clearly doesn’t care about the price tag around his neck, or the fact that he should still be ‘adapting’ to the game.

That’s right. If anybody ever tells me a player is ‘adapting’ again then I will just point to Fernando Torres about what a lot of balls that is. You’re either class or you’re not. Everything about Fernando proves that the likes of Kuyt will never be great Liverpool players.

Benitez continued his theme of ‘continuity’ with only minor tinkering around the edges. Even with games coming thick and fast a core of players is rapidly developing, as well as a core formation. In the first 25 minutes Liverpool looked as good as they have at any point this season.

Torres set the reds on their way before doubling the advantage early in the second half. Benitez was pacing the touchline. Torn between his natural desire to rest the player for the weekend and allowing the player a chance to grab another hat-trick. When he snatched the hat-trick, by walking around the West Ham defence, Benitez hauled him off to a standing ovation. Job done.

Torres first goal against West Ham

Torres second against West Ham

And before everyone went home dreaming of Fernando, that man Gerrard had to get in on the act by scoring. A cracker as well. Typical!

Well done Liverpool. (Don’t get excited Tom and George – we still want you out)

Post Match Reaction

Rafael Benitez:

“At the end I was really pleased with the performance of the team.

“Torres is on fire and that is good for him and fantastic for the team.

“We now have a really important game game against Newcastle and we have to make sure we get three points.”

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley:

“We made no impression on Liverpool at all.

“It’s the second time in four days we’ve played a top side and we knew it would be a tough game but we did not expect this. We have let ourselves down.”

Team Line Ups:

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Riise, Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso, Babel (Pennant 76), Kuyt (Benayoun 63), Torres (Crouch 82).

Subs Not Used: Itandje, Hyypia.

Goals: Torres 8, 61, 81, Gerrard 83.

West Ham: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson (Spector 63), McCartney, Solano (Ashton 69), Noble, Mullins, Ljungberg, Boa Morte, Cole (Zamora 69).

Subs Not Used: Wright, Pantsil.

Booked: Cole, Neill, Noble.

Att: 42,954

Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).

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6 comments on
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United

  1. take a reality check,west ham are leaking goals like a drain and are not the opposition to put top class players to the test,the likes of kuyt and voronin are made to look inadequate when the opposition is of the class and level that liverpool should be playing at

  2. You’re either class or you’re not. Everything about Fernando proves that the likes of Kuyt will never be great Liverpool players.

    I take exception to that statement in as much that Kuyt created 2 goals. He may not be the best striker in the world but his work rate is 2nd to none and he is a great team player. I would love to see him score more goals for sure but to compare him to Torres when they are both playing with the same aim, Liverpool winning, is disrespectful. Torres scored 3 but Kuyt set 2 of them up, not one without the other. How would you feel if Kuyt scored a hat trick and Torres set the goals up?
    Liverpool FC is about more than 2 players – Torres and Gerrard and when we cruise to victory in future credit where due. Kuyt needs more goals but works his arse off 100% and I admire him for that.

  3. Well done Fernnando but everybody says Kuyt is not worth his salt but lets see his involvement in Fernando’s goals.On a couple of occasions Kuyt has created only for no one to take the credit.

  4. the reception fernando got when he was brought off was up there with the one fowler got on his return against birmingham. Says it all really! he was frightening.

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