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LIverpool player ratings vs West Ham United

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Daniel Sturridge marked his five month absence from the Liverpool team with a goal as Liverpool beat West Ham United at Anfield to go seventh in the Premier League table.

The Reds dominated the first-half but it took until the 50th minute for Raheem Sterling to make the break through when he latched on to Philippe Coutinho's superb through ball.

Sturridge impact

Sturridge replaced Lazar Markovic on the 68th minute and showed Liverpool what they have been missing in the final third of the pitch when he slotted his effort home from a difficult angle with 10 minutes remaining.

There were a number of good performances in victory, as well as a few disappointment, so be sure to let us know who you think should have done better in the comments below...

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Liverpool player ratings vs West Ham United:

Starting XI

Simon Mignolet 7

Troubled little throughout the game, however did make a couple of decent stops. Dealt with West Ham's aerial threat excellently, not phased by the challenging Andy Carroll and co.

Emre Can 7

Carroll tried to impose his physicality on Emre Can, but the German came out on top in all of their battles and made several key blocks that cut out any danger.

Martin Skrtel 7

Surprisingly it was Enner Valencia and not Carroll who Martin Skrtel had to mark. The Slovakian matched the Ecuador international on all but one occasion when he was beaten for pace, but apart from that he was solid.

Mamadou Sakho 7

Little threat in the first-period but became needed when Carlton Cole made his arrival. However, Mamadou Sakho looked more than comfortable when dealing with the West Ham striker.

Lazar Markovic 6.5

Missed a glorious chance in the first-half that should have been buried and wasted the ball on occasions. The ball was more on the left than his side.

Jordan Henderson 7

Surprisingly quieter than usual in the first 45 when Liverpool needed an extra body going forward. Stamped his authority on the game after the break, winning the ball for his side and charging forward to create attacks.

Lucas 7.5

Neat and tidy when on the ball and stopped Alex Song from playing which gave the Hammers' strikers little service. Another top performance from the Brazilian.

Alberto Moreno 7

Saw plenty of the ball before the interval and missed a decent chance. Continued his pressing role in the second-period and really tested the West Ham defence on the left-wing.

Adam Lallana 6.5

A little disappointing from Adam Lallana, who is still searching to reach his peak. Some neat touches but they were few and far between in truth.

Philippe Coutinho 8.5

A wonderful performance from Philippe Coutinho who was at his very best. Menaced the West Ham back-four with his quick feet and his two assists helped wrap the three points up for his side. 

Raheem Sterling 8

His pace troubled Winston Reid who was dragged all over the place by Raheem Sterling. Brought down in the box in the first-half and was not awarded a penalty, but made amends for that when expertly latching on to Coutinho's through ball and finishing accurately.

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge 7.5

Hungry after his absence and showed what his side have been missing. His finish for his first goal since August was sublime.

Jordan Ibe 7

Lively when he came on with a short time left and almost grabbed himself a goal.

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