Let’s take a more in-depth look at player performance from Saturday’s dreadful London Stadium defeat to a boisterous Liverpool side, as Slaven Bilic’s men took fierce criticism from all angles after an absent showing.

Joe Hart: 6/10

Having put in such an impressive performance at Selhurst Park last Saturday afternoon, the England shot-stopper was put to shame by a rampant Reds attack as he conceded four.

One could very much argue that Hart was scarcely to blame for the defeat as a whole but there is no doubt that he could have kept Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second shot out, another day to forget for the heavily scrutinised keeper.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 5/10

Yet another scrappy showing from the Senegal Skipper, who is continuing to be played out of position in the heart of the back three, when he should be in the centre of midfield.

Despite this, Kouyate looked as though he would have been uncomfortable anywhere and had very little input on the game, only rising to make a handful of clearances and tackles.

Winston Reid: 5/10

Making his return from the injury that had kept him out last weekend, Reid was very much part of a very poor showing from the defence and struggled with the pace of the game.

Although this is acceptable in his first game back, both he and his Manager would have expected a lot more as Reid was slow to react to many an opposing attack including for all four goals.

Angelo Ogbonna: 6/10

Despite being put to shame by many just like the other centre-backs, the Italian rarely put a foot wrong and at times, was the only player daring to bring the ball out of his own half.

But much like Reid, Ogbonna could have been quicker in certain instances and improved little from last Saturday’s horror show, it may be some time before he adapts back to regular Football.

Edimilson Fernandes: 6/10

Filling in for suspended Pablo Zabaleta as a makeshift wing-back on the right side and despite featuring there before under Bilic, Fernandes struggled in both attacking and defensive departments.

Losing the ball on several occasions and offering very little in the way of coming forward, the Swiss International also looked out of place in the position and should return to the middle next time out.

Mark Noble: 6/10

A typical gutsy showing from the Skipper in his second League game since resuming his place in the starting Xl, as he looked like one of the few who actually wanted to be on the pitch.

However, Noble did manage to play an unfortunate role in the away side doubling their lead as Mo Salah’s corner managed to flick off his shin and leave Joel Matip to tap in via the hand of Hart, an off day for the Captain.

Pedro Obiang: 6/10

Making his own return to the first-team in what has been a very uncertain start to the season for the Spaniard, Obiang struggled and had a very little impact on the game going forward.

Giving the ball away in dangerous areas on more than one occasion, the midfielder was no better when it came to defending and will do well if he manages to keep his place after The International Break.


Aaron Cresswell: 6/10

Having to adapt to yet another role that was a wing-back and left midfielder position, the England man continued his struggle for form after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest Three Lions Squad.

Although he did manage to put a small number of dangerous deliveries into the box, these were few and far between, as pressure from Arthur Masuaku on the bench mounts on the defender yet again.

Manuel Lanzini: 7/10

A positive display from the Argentine saw him earn Man of the Match from a Hammers point of view, as he was lively and proactive, proving the shining light in a very dismal team performance.

Lanzini was on hand to set up Andre Ayew to hit the past in the first period and receive an Ayew cross in the second to control and finish perfectly past Simon Mignolet, giving us a very short-lived hope of getting fully back into the game.

Andre Ayew: 7/10

After making it three goals in two matches in South London last weekend, the Ghanaian International carried on his impressive firm to the extent any player could in such a loss.

Playing a key part in both of the aforementioned moves, our best two moments of the affair, Ayew will hope that he can go back to troubling the scorers when we travel to Vicarage Road in just under two weeks.

Javier Hernandez: 7/10

In his third match back in the central striker role that he so very much prefers, Chicharito showed what he was capable of in a few flashes but just couldn’t create anything clear cut for himself or any others.

This would have come as a monumental disappointment to him after getting back to scoring ways in Game Week Ten, although he was more isolated than ever before up-front with Ayew.

Andy Carroll: 6/10

Replacing a depleted Fernandes at the break, Carroll’s cameo scarcely achieved what the Manager would have hoped it would, as he was largely ineffective both in the air and on the ground.

However, this was his first Premier League appearance since his sending off away at Turf Moor last month and a little rustiness can probably be blamed for his showing.

Marko Arnautovic: 6/10

After being dropped in favour of in-form Ayew in recent weeks, the Austrian replaced Noble on 62 minutes and suffered the same fate as Carroll in that he couldn’t really impact the game.

Despite making a few runs of note and delivery some promising balls from the left side Arnautovic’s attitude of not perhaps playing as much as he would have liked recently shone through and affected his performance.

Diafra Sakho: 6/10

Making his return from a back injury that has sidelined him since the start of last month, the Senegalese International was the third substitute of the game from Bilic that failed to make an impact.

Although he did manage to get into several threatening positions, he was isolated just like the man he replaced in Hernandez and will be hoping for a fit return to form in two weeks.

So, now that the players have been well and truly rated from a team performance to forget on an evening to forget at The London Stadium, can they rack up higher numbers after the dreaded International Break? With an away trip to Hertfordshire first up.

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