By Joe Ellis

20th Oct, 2022 | 7:40am

West Ham United: Micah Richards slams Tomas Soucek for missing 'absolute sitter' v Liverpool

West Ham United produced one of their best performances of the season but still came up short at Anfield as Liverpool won 1-0.

A glanced header by Darwin Nunez was the difference as Jarrod Bowen had a penalty saved and Tomas Soucek saw a last-ditch block by James Milner deny him a leveller.

Micah Richards thought the Czech Republic international should have scored on BBC Match of the Day but admitted that the Irons were unfortunate not to get at least a point.

“They were so unlucky today,” Richards said. “We’ve got to give VAR a little bit of credit because they got this decision (the penalty) right but Alisson, what a keeper.

“This one, Soucek is running into the box and at first you’re thinking ‘he’s missed an absolute sitter’ but no, it’s James Milner off the bench to save points for his team. Devastating.”

One of those days

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Even the very best teams have days like this one where they can’t find the net no matter how hard they try and that is what happened to West Ham on Merseyside.

It will be difficult for David Moyes to take much solace from the result having been so close to a draw at the very least but with a night’s sleep, he should realise that there were a lot of positives to take from the game.

It’s easy to forget that the same Liverpool side, give or take, who beat the previously undefeated Manchester City just days prior and the Hammers kept them to the same scoreline.

Playing like that will see West Ham dominate against most opposition in the Premier League and they could have even beaten Jurgen Klopp’s side on another day.

This has to be a result that gets chalked up and moved on from as one of those days and the full focus now needs to shift to the visit of Bournemouth on Monday (24 October).