Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United; Reds Storm Past Hammers Despite An Injured Steven Gerrard
Liverpool is still coping with the loss of their captain, Steven Gerrard, after England's friendly clash against France in midweek international action.
In the 85th minute of play, the Captain, limped off the field with a hamstring strain and ruled out of action for a month.
Liverpool officials lashed out in anger at this terrible blow. The Football Association tried to ease tensions between club and country by agreeing to compensate the club for Gerrard's injury and absence. But no amount could replace the invaluable presences of the Captain on the pitch.
Lucky for the Reds, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, and Maxi Rodriguez stepped up in Gerrard's absence.
Liverpool barely edged out West Ham in possession with 54 percent, but managed to pepper the net 28 times with shots, eight of them on target. Hammers only tallied eight shots with one on target.
The first half was all Red as Liverpool scored all three goals in the first 45. Glen Johnson blasted his way onto the scoreboard in the 18th minute, scoring on his former team. Dirk Kuyt was given the honors of taking the PK in the 38th, and Maxi Rodriguez sealed it with his shot in minute 38.
The rest of the match was a breeze for Liverpool. The latter 45 was all conservative play, but everyone so often they tried for a forth.
Liverpool will face their ultimate challenge (while Gerrard is out) next week when they take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane.