Murphy said: “It was a positive performance. They play to their strengths, getting balls into the box for Andy Carroll and causing all sorts of problems. They defended well, and seeing Payet come back onto the pitch, the fans gave him a standing ovation when he came back on.”
Michail Antonio netted the opening goal with a header, before Andy Carroll clinched the win in the second half with another header of delightful quality.
Both goals came from crosses from the right wing area, and West Ham’s strength and effectiveness in the final third did much to show up Jurgen Klopp’s ailing team.
Liverpool looked lost on the field of play, with Christian Benteke doing nothing of note upfront, and their defence was once again bullied by a team who were willing to get stuck in and press high up the pitch.
For all the Reds’ struggles, nothing should be taken away from West Ham’s performance, with Slaven Bilic’s team fulfilling their game plan in impressive fashion. They knew how to defeat Liverpool and did just that to pick up three points.
They also had the added benefit of seeing Dimitri Payet return to action, coming on as a substitute in the second half to a standing ovation.
He was not on the field for long, but showed off his talent with some lovely passages of play, including a piece of skill which took him around two Liverpool players.
West Ham sit in sixth place after 20 games, just four points off the top four, and with many of their injured players slowly returning to fitness.
After a great start to the season, it appears as if the Hammers can get back to challenging for European football now that 2016 has come around.