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Jurgen Klopp says one West Ham ace 'surprised' Liverpool players
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Jurgen Klopp says one West Ham ace 'surprised' Liverpool players

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters after his side narrowly beat West Ham United at Anfield yesterday.

The game began just how we all expected, with Liverpool dominating and looking dangerous every single time they went forward.

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The Reds finally broke the deadlock on 27 minutes through a Sadio Mane strike, and it was a really soft goal to concede from a Hammers point of view. Craig Dawson and Lukasz Fabianski both pulled out of the challenge, allowing Mane to slot home.

For the remainder of the game, however, West Ham were more than competitive and probably deserved to leave Anfield with something.

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The Hammers missed a couple of gilt-edged chances, and that’s becoming a common theme for us now. We seem to be one of the most wasteful teams in the Premier League.

Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini both missed great chances for West Ham and Klopp spoke about the former during his post-match presser last night…

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says West Ham ace surprised his players

The German was obviously happy with the three points after the match but not entirely pleased with the way in which his team defended.

Jurgen Klopp suggested that West Ham ace Pablo Fornals surprised his Liverpool players, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo:

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“The first goal they nearly scored when Trent cleared the situation with his long leg, that was really bad defending – no pressure on ball in midfield, no close last line and too high. Both centre-halves were surprised by Fornals’ run and Trent wasn’t close enough.”

Fornals has been in superb form of late and he is one of the most important players David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.

Fornals finishing school needed

The 26-year-old is already somewhat of a cult hero in the East End, and he has so many impressive facets to his game.

Fornals really has to improve his finishing though. Yesterday was further evidence of his lack of composure in front of goal. He should have just smashed it past Alisson and perhaps we would have taken something from Liverpool.

Alas, that didn’t happen and we lost the game.

Fornals and co should be proud of how we pushed Liverpool all the way at Anfield last night though. Jurgen Klopp wasn’t comfortable on the touchline and that is testament to how we played, especially in the second-half.

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