A dissatisfied Slaven Bilic expressed his dismay at West Ham United’s home finale performance Sunday after their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at the London Stadium.
Despite being asked about a few refereeing decisions going against their way, Bilic had no desire to excuse his side’s substandard second half display.
“I’m very disappointed with the way we played,” Bilic said. “We wanted to put in the same performance we put against Spurs, or similar. But it wasn’t to be. I have to be honest about it. We want to avoid that factor of complacency.”
“And they were better than us. We were nowhere near close enough to them when they had the ball. And if you give them the time and space, to players like (Philippe) Coutinho, like (Adam) Lallana, like (Daniel) Sturridge, then sooner or later, they will kill you. That’s exactly what was happening.”
Bilic mentioned the opportunities his side had to score in the opening 45, only to fail at taking them. The Hammer’s boss also did think the buildup to Coutinho’s second goal was peculiar, as Winston Reid was knocked down in the Liverpool box by Georginio Wijnaldum. But the Croatian still did not absolve his team for a lackluster penultimate match of the season.
“We could have scored the first goal with Sam Byram’s chance, then maybe the game would be different,” Bilic said. “Then we should have equalizer (through Andre Ayew’s blink point shocking missed chance), that is all true.”
“That third goal is a very strange decision or whatever. If you put that on top of a performance that wasn’t good enough, then it usually turns out like this.”