West Ham suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats after Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
David Moyes’ men, who came into the game having lost by a similar scoreline to Manchester City at home, were at one point level before Jurgen Klopp’s side overran them in the final 30 minutes.
Despite this latest setback Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paquetá seemingly received a standing ovation from the Reds faithful as he was replaced by Danny Ings in the 87th minute – although it could have been a warm reception for the return of a former player.
BetMGM sign-up offer: Get £40 in free bets when you bet £10
Not signed up to BetMGM yet? Here's how eligible readers* can take advantage of their welcome offer:
- Open an account at BetMGM using this link.
- Select the Sports Welcome Offer.
- Get the offer from the ‘My Offers’ page.
- Deposit and place a £10 bet at odds of 1/1 (2.0) or greater.
- When it settles, unlock £40 in Free Bets
*New customer only. 3 days to claim & 7 days to place a qualifying bet to receive 4x Free Bets: 1 x £10 Horse racing, 1 x £10 Free Bet Builder, 1 x £10 Acca and 1 x £10 Football. 7 day expiry. Exclusions apply. Stake not returned. T&Cs apply. For more information, visit begambleaware.org
Whether or not Anfield rolled out the R9 treatment or not — Ronaldo was applauded at Old Trafford after scoring a hat-trick against them in the 2002/03 Champions League quarter-finals — both sets of supporters alike were in agreement about the quality of his display.
Lucas Paquetá seemed convinced the Anfield applause was for him ? #LFC
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 25, 2023
Lucas Paqueta received a standing ovation from Anfield today after he was subbed off in a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.
He was that good.
Special player??⚒ pic.twitter.com/DewVuOXcTE
— Whucentre (@whucentre) September 24, 2023
Lucas Paqueta is some player. One of the best performances I’ve seen at anfield from a opposition player
— FSG OUT (@ShaunlfcT) September 24, 2023
Lucas Paqueta just gave one of the best away player performances Ive ever seen at Anfield. 6 wins on the spin for The Reds! Signs of a very decent team forming. Here we go again… pic.twitter.com/BjRun8iLpO
— Gareth (@garethmc6) September 24, 2023
The former Milan and Lyon man has made a productive start to the 2023/24 Premier League season, ranking first in the following metrics: tackles made, through-balls attempted, through-balls completed, duels won and possession won. If he keeps this up, Anfield will not be the only stadium where Paquetá receives the ‘R9’ treatment this season.
It’s also worth noting that Declan Rice was the 2022/23 Premier League stat leader for possession won and with Paquetá following suit so far in 2023/24, a similar nine-figure transfer might follow. The Hammers rejected an £80m bid from Man City from Paquetá in the summer but they might not be able to hold out again with Moyes previously admitting he has a price.
“There’s a price on everybody’s head. We have had news on Lucas, but not anything to make our heads wobble. Lucas Paqueta is an incredibly talented player. We played him a bit deeper alongside Tomas [Soucek],” he told reporters in August.