West Ham captain Mark Noble believes his side struck fear into Liverpool in their 1-1 draw. The midfielder, who was excellent on Monday night, was speaking after the game at the London Stadium.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Noble was happy to discuss the mental side to the game. He said: “We scared them. You have to do that against the top teams. I am just gutted we didn’t come away with the three points.”
The result was a welcome return to form for Noble and his teammates. It came after a run of three consecutive losses and without scoring in their last two Premier League games. West Ham were obviously much more up for this game than their previous encounters with Wolves and Bournemouth.
The 31-year-old went on to praise the defensive performance of his team and gave a small insight into their tactical approach. He was also reflective and argued that West Ham should have won on the night.
“We defended fantastically well and probably deserved to win tonight,” said Noble.
“You can’t play man to man against Liverpool and out-pass them. You have to keep your shape and stop them.”
Jurgen Klopp didn’t agree with Noble and retaliated with a quip of his own. The German told The Telegraph: “I wish for West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team would scare more teams and not only us tonight.”
It appears Klopp is alluding to the fact that West Ham would have raised their game solely due to playing the league leaders. Klopp’s need to return the comment shows that West Ham may have got under the Liverpool manager’s skin.
Klopp also added that coming to West Ham was no different than anywhere else. He stated: “They did not scare us – it’s a normal away game.”
However, West Ham’s excellent performance neutralised Liverpool and frustrated Klopp in his chase for the title.