West Ham bounced back from their apathetic showing against Wolves as they held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, despite the absence of Marko Arnautovic.
Hammers fans may have bemoaned their star striker’s failing of a late fitness test but were boosted by goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski passing his, meaning he continued in net.
The Poland international was reliable between the sticks and gave a hashed-together defence – Manuel Pellegrini made two changes to the back four that was battered by Wolves last time out, while the previously sketchy Angelo Ogbonna deputised again for the injured Fabian Balbuena – some much-needed assurance.
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West Ham brought the custodian to the London Stadium in the summer for just £7m after his Swansea side suffered relegation and he has hardly allowed back-up ‘keeper Adrian a look-in – the Spaniard has yet to make a start in the Premier League.
Fabianski has arguably been the Irons’ most consistent performer this season and his display against Liverpool was no exception – the 33-year-old was rarely forced to make any outstanding saves but, with the likes of Mohamed Salah buzzing around his box, it was vital that he held onto the ball or parried into a safe area, both of which he did effortlessly time after time again.
Here’s how West Ham fans reacted to the shot-stopper’s showing…
Hammer of the year for me. Although it’s close between him and Rice
— Wayne (@WayneMartin1987) February 4, 2019
Fabianski has been player of the season
— east london cule (@rich041064) February 4, 2019
Fabianski was motm material tbh
— Bill Kiely⚒ (@Bill61497098) February 4, 2019
Fabianski is a class keeper, I love him #WHULIV
— jess✨ (@jesseIias) February 4, 2019
I’ve never felt so comfortable with a goal keeper like fabianski
— Jamie (@JamieFC_) February 4, 2019
I’ll tell you what. The heart and determination shown in that game was amazing. We deserved the win. Easily. Ogbonna with his best game in a long, long time. Fredericks with his best game for us. Fabianski was solid as always. Antonio is improving more and more. So happy! #WHUFC
— Sam Wilson (@SamWilsonWhu) February 4, 2019
Name me a better west ham keeper than Fabianski im recent memory #whufc
— ⚒ Matt Bridge ⚒ (@Bridgey_Matt) February 4, 2019
Fabianski is easily top 5 keepers in the league. And imagine disagreeing.
— West Ham News (@whufc_news) February 4, 2019
Fabianski is the best goalkeeper I’ve seen at West Ham.
— ⚽️⚒TOM'S WHUFC⚒⚽️ (@aldredtj) February 4, 2019