West Ham supervisor David Moyes was left ruing referee Kevin Friend’s decision to award Liverpool a first half penalty within the 2-1 defeat at Anfield.
The Hammers had taken a shock lead on the Premier League champions by Pablo Fornals, and looked good worth for the lead as the first half drew to a close.
But Arthur Masuaku was adjudged to have fouled Salah simply before the interval, and the Egyptian transformed the ensuing penalty with aplomb. Liverpool went on to decide up all three points thanks to a late goal from susbtitute Diogo Jota, but Moyes felt West Ham may simply have got one thing out of the game after a spirited show.
Here’s every little thing he had to say to Sky Sports after the game, quoted by West Ham’s official web site.
“I thought tonight we looked as if we could have got something. Liverpool played well and had lot of the all, but I thought we did some really good things as well so there’s a lot of positives to take from it.
“We did have some half-chances to score more goals and we weren’t fairly scientific sufficient two or 3 times. I have to say Liverpool have been excellent with the ball and we defended rather well, but that’s what you anticipate.
“We knew the game was going to be really tough and we’d need to be disciplined, but we missed a couple of really good opportunities to get another goal, but it’s a good sign that we’re playing some really good stuff.”
“I’m amazed that a penalty kick for the action in the first half, I really am. I’m getting disappointed now, not with the decisions, but I’m getting more disappointed that we’re going to allow those sort of penalty kicks to be accepted.
“People could debate whether it is or it isn’t, but in my ebook it simply isn’t a penalty.”
Sebastien Haller was brought in for the injured Michail Antonio, but struggled to have much of an impact before he was replaced in the second half. Moyes was quick to defend the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker, insisting that it was always going to be a difficult game for the Frenchman to influence.
“I believe for Seb Haller’s first game back it was at all times going to be powerful, coming right here and never having a nice deal of the ball,” Moyes remarked.
“I believe Sebastien’s got one thing to offer us and he’s got a lot of good attributes and hopefully he will show them within the coming weeks and months to come.”
“We really feel like we are able to play and challenge our opponents in all of the games. We’ll not win all of them like tonight’s, but I believe we really feel, going into them, that we’ve got a probability. We got here right here last year and have been unfortunate to lose 3-2.
“I wouldn’t say we were unlucky tonight, but we just needed a couple of decisions to go for us, even if the VAR decision did go in our favour.
“I’m simply actually disenchanted with that decision for the penalty kick within the first half.”