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Best/Worst from yet another poor display from Liverpool.

Mike Hewitt

I'm getting pretty tired of writing these things after losses. Please Liverpool, give me a win to write about.

Best Liverpool Player: Raheem Sterling

Sterling was once again our best player. He was one of the few bright spots in another disappointing display, and his goal was very well taken. He's easily been our best and most consistent player so far.

Worst Liverpool Player: Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Simon Mignolet

None of them stands out as the worst, but all of them were bad, so they all get worst player this week. I didn't think it was possible, but the defense is  even worse this year than they were last year, and Simon Mignolet isn't looking very good either. Once again, we conceded due to awful marking on a set piece, then Mignolet got chipped, and then Sakho had a stupid, awful header that led directly to West Ham's third goal. It was an all around poor performance from the backline and the keeper.

Best Opposing Player: Stewart Downing

Downing got himself a nice bit of revenge. He was key in all three West Ham goals, and his assist on the final goal was pretty damn nice. I know I was in the minority, but I always thought Downing was much better than Liverpool fans gave him credit for, and he sure showed it in this one.

Best Goal: Diafre Sakho (7')

While if Mignolet had done better, this goal may not have happened, it was still a really nice chip shot from a long way out. It also gave West Ham a 2 goal lead, which honestly felt like enough to win from the moment it happened.

Worst Header: Mamadou Sakho (88')

Seriously, what in the hell was Sakho thinking on that header? He's on the sideline, in his own half, and he decides to head it back into the middle of the field, where there are no Liverpool players present at all? This terrible lapse in judgement led directly to the Amalfitano goal that sealed the deal. Bad Sakho. Bad.

Worst Managerial Decision: Leaving Lovren on after a blow to the head

I understand BR didn't want to have to use a second sub in  the first half, and Lovren was cleared by doctors, but I hate seeing anyone keep playing if there's even the slightest chance of a concussion. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with, and I was just really disappointed to see Rodgers let Lovren get back in the game after what looked like a pretty bad head to head collision with Sakho.

Worst Foul: Mario Balotelli on Adrian

This was such a stupid decision from Balotelli. In the position he was in, there was no chance at all he would get the ball. He was always going to end up fouling the keeper there, and it was such a rash, unnecessary foul. In the end, he was saved by Adrian's equally stupid reaction, resulting in yellows for both players. Still, a player with the reputation that Balotelli has can't be going around make stupid, unnecessary challenges like that, especially on the keeper.

Best Tweet: Anfield Asylum

The best tweet came from Dan Bernstein on AA's account.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We should buy that Downing guy.</p>&mdash; Anfield Asylum (@AnfieldAsylum) <a href="">September 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Well done Dan. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Don't forget to vote for your MOTM. Although, I won't blame you if you don't want to call anyone man of the match after that display.