West Ham bounced back from last week’s home defeat by hammering a tepid Liverpool side 3-0 at Anfield overnight. The Reds were utterly toothless in attack, and Slaven Bilic’s men decimated their tentative defensive line on the counter.
Kouyate’s swinging role was vital.
The Senegalese certainly is a boisterous, leggy force to be reckoned with. Here, in a swinging role that encapsulated marking Christian Benteke during long balls, as well as leading the break by dribbling past three Liverpool defenders, Cheikhou Kouyate seemed to be everywhere in this match. His physical virtues are Viera-esque and he has arguably become West Ham’s most important player. With Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble acting diligently behind him, and Dimitri Payet ahead, Kouyate was free to join both causes when required. Lucas and Can were bypassed by his lanky muscle and Liverpool seemed only able to stop him with fouls.