West Ham summer signing honestly assesses his start, admits pride at Liverpool performance

Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe in action with West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit

The midfielder put in a much-improved display at Anfield on Sunday.

West Ham United midfielder Havard Nordtveit has told the club's official website that he is pleased to feel like he has finally starting showing fans his abilities after a poor start to life in East London.

The Hammers signed the Norwegian international from Borussia Moenchengladbach in the summer, but the 26-year-old has been far from convincing in many of his early-season appearances.

In the defeat to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last month, he endured a horror cameo, generally looking like a rabbit in the headlights and giving away the injury-time penalty from which Harry Kane scored with winner with a stupid challenge which incurred the wrath of both fans and pundits, including livid former Hammer Don Hutchison.

However, after being selected for just his fifth Premier League start on Sunday at Anfield, Nordtveit looked a different player, setting up his side's second goal and staying solid during Liverpool's second-half hunt for a winner.

Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe in action with West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit

Speaking to the club's website after the match, he admitted that his start to life at the London Stadium has been tough, but expressed his hope that he is finally beginning to show fans what he can do.

Nordtveit said: "There are always things you can do better – nobody is perfect – but after a hard start at West Ham, adapting from the Bundesliga to the Premier League which has been tough, I finally now want to show the fans what I’m doing in training every day.

"I said last time, I’m always positive and working hard. The group is always positive so I’m just lucky and happy to be here and hopefully now we can look forward to the next game and do the same performance at home."

He also hailed the spirit of the team in seeing out a valuable draw on Merseyside, and hopes that the result can prove to be a turning point for the club this season.

Nordtveit added: "[This result] shows what we have in this club and in this team. It shows what spirit we have in each player. After 90 minutes, you can always feel when you’ve played against a good team like Liverpool, and that shows that we don’t belong in the situation we are in in the table.

"We want to be further up and hopefully it was a turning for us. We are just looking forward to the next game and hopefully we can take more points."

West Ham now face the prospect of two winnable home games this week, as they face first Burnley and then Hull City in front of their own fans.

West Bromwich Albion's Nacer Chadli in action with West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit

 

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