In the Premier League on Wednesday night, Liverpool defeated West Ham 1-0 thanks to Darwin Nunez’s first goal at Anfield.
The Uruguayan gave the Reds a well-deserved lead during a goalless first half in which Jarrod Bowen also missed a penalty. However, as West Ham came into the game, Liverpool had to hold on at times in the second half.
Liverpool had a narrow lead early on, and Nunez created the first real chance 15 minutes in. With few other options, the summer signing unleashed a fierce dipping volley from the edge of the box, forcing an outstanding save from Lukasz Fabianski.
After an outstanding Kostas Tsimikas cross, Nunez went one better by scoring with a nice header just over five minutes later.
West Ham got off to a fast start in the second half, displaying more zeal within the first five minutes than they had in the first 45, and they continued to pose the Liverpool defense with some ambiguous questions.
Liverpool, however, was mere millimeters away from adding a second. Roberto Firmino was the recipient of a cut-back from Jordan Henderson, but Aaron Cresswell deflected the Brazilian’s shot wide.
Late in the game, Mohamed Salah—who had been relatively quiet—found himself one-on-one with Fabianski, but the Hammers goalkeeper was quick off his line to end the threat.