Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp has blasted West Ham manager David Moyes for the tactics he used in his side’s 3-1 loss against Liverpool on Sunday.
“When you look at that Liverpool side – no (Sadio) Mane, no (Roberto) Firmino in the starting team – a makeshift defence,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“This was an opportunity of a lifetime, and I think West Ham give it up today – they didn’t do enough.
“Did they ever believe they were going to get a result today? I don’t think they did.
“I think the tactics from the start where maybe to sit back and soak up some pressure. This was an opportunity to get after this side.”
The loss ended a run of four consecutive wins for the Hammers and was Liverpool’s second league victory in seven games.
The home side failed to pose any threat to the Reds defence in the game, which would have been concerning.
Considering that the Reds have been in poor form since mid-December, it may have been an ideal opportunity for West Ham to continue their good run of form and secure points against the defending league champions.
The result is not a huge blow for the Hammers. They remain in fifth place and have a chance of qualifying for Europe.
However, there are plenty of lessons that Moyes and his troops can learn from the game in order to grow going forward.
They looked disorganised and did not pose much of a threat to Liverpool’s makeshift centre-back pairing of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips.