Liverpool may not have come away from their clash with three points had it not been for a vital James Milner block that left David Moyes on his knees.
The Reds gained a first-half lead through Darwin Nunez‘s first goal for the club at Anfield, but deep into the second half found themselves holding on.
Moyes responded by throwing five players up front, with Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma coming on and Tomas Soucek pushed further forward to join Jarrod Bowen and Gianluca Scamacca in attack.
It almost led to a late equaliser through Soucek, only for Milner to block him off on his blindside to divert a goalbound effort wide of Alisson‘s post.
Milner, who had replaced Roberto Firmino minutes previous, showed his value again in a consolidatory role, and the reaction of Moyes on the touchline said it all:
What. A. Challenge.
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The West Ham manager crumbled to his knees in despair, before lifting himself back up to ask: “How the f*** did he miss that?!”
During his post-match press conference, Klopp hailed those two priceless interventions.
“If you don’t control it, West Ham are there, then the long balls flying in and great set-pieces,” he told reporters.
“In the end, we needed Ali, we needed Milly’s big toe and we needed a couple of things.
“Overall, I think it is a deserved three points.
“It is a very important, tough period for all teams so you have to grind results out and now in three days’ time the next fight is waiting already.
“That’s the situation and, for the moment, all good.”