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Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

Emre Can scores for Liverpool against West Ham
Emre Can’s sixth Liverpool goal of the season was the Reds’ 100th in 2017-18

Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth successive game as Liverpool moved above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League with an entertaining win over West Ham.

Emre Can headed Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead from a corner – the Reds’ 100th goal this season – after Salah had earlier been denied by a post.

Salah made it 2-0 to the hosts with an instinctive, low finish after a delicious pass by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before Roberto Firmino added the third after a mistake by goalkeeper Adrian.

Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

Substitute Michail Antonio’s quality, low finish gave West Ham hope – but Mane, who had hit the post moments before, completed a fine Liverpool win.

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Jurgen Klopp – An ‘unbelievably important’ win for Liverpool

Will Liverpool finish best of the rest?

On the weekend of the Carabao Cup final, Klopp is still chasing his first major trophy since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015.

But at least the latest league table makes healthy reading for the Liverpool boss, whose side have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after the 5-0 thrashing of Porto.

On 22 October, the German’s side were battling to stay in the top half after a 4-1 defeat against Tottenham at Wembley left them ninth behind the likes of Burnley, Watford and Newcastle.

Four months on, and fresh from hammering the Hammers, Liverpool lead the best of the rest pack, one point ahead of third-placed United and 15 behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

With 10 matches remaining, Liverpool are on course for their highest league finish since 2013-14. Their 10 March trip to Old Trafford will go a long way to deciding whether they can seal second spot.

Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his past two Liverpool appearances
Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his past two Liverpool appearances

Liverpool’s clinical finishing again proved the difference, although not until Firmino made it 3-0 were the hosts able to relax.

When they did, they conceded but even Antonio’s goal could not take the shine off this win.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 16 matches at home in the league. Klopp’s team are hitting excellent form at the right time of the season.

Moyes’ Anfield frustration continues

Mark Arnautovic produced an outrageous lob which was tipped onto the bar by Loris Karius, before the Liverpool keeper was tested from outside the area by West Ham’s Austria forward.

Yet positives were few and far between for Hammers boss David Moyes, who gave a debut to former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra.

His side is down to 13th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone with 10 matches remaining.

West Ham fans at Anfield displayed a banner which read 'Captain, Hero, Legend' 25 years after club legend Bobby Moore passed away
West Ham fans at Anfield displayed a banner which read ‘Captain. Hero. Legend’ 25 years after club legend Bobby Moore passed away

Fifteen years on from his first visit to the venue as a manager, Moyes has yet to taste victory at Anfield. This was his 15th game at Liverpool’s home – and his eighth defeat.

There’s plenty of fight in this West Ham side.

They came within seven minutes of a draw at Manchester City on 3 December, while they have beaten Chelsea and drawn with Tottenham and Arsenal since Moyes took charge in November.

This was a day to forget, however.

Man of the match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool against West Ham
There were candidates all over the pitch. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved in some of Liverpool’s best moves while James Milner was solid as captain. Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed at full-back too. But Mohamed Salah was again excellent and enters the business end of the season in unstoppable goalscoring form.

Four, four, four – the stats

  • Liverpool have scored four or more goals in three consecutive league games against a single opponent for the first time since doing so against Norwich between 2012-2013.
  • Moyes has failed to win at Anfield as manager of Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland and now West Ham.
  • Salah has been directly involved in 31 Premier League goals this season (23 goals, eight assists), more than any other player.
  • He has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the Premier League this season, the most by a player in a single season in the competition’s history.
  • Liverpool (103) are the second Premier League team to score 100-plus goals in all competitions this season after Manchester City (111).
  • Evra made his Premier League debut for West Ham, the 36-year-old Frenchman is the fifth-oldest outfield player to make an appearance this season.
  • Antonio has scored in four of his five appearances against Liverpool for West Ham.

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David Moyes praises side despite ‘tough’ defeat to Liverpool

What’s next?

Liverpool await former boss Rafael Benitez’s return to Anfield with Newcastle United next Saturday (17:30 GMT). On the same day, West Ham are involved in a game which could have a huge impact in the battle to stay up when they face Swansea in south Wales (15:00).

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 23Can
  • 7Milner
  • 11Salah
    Substituted forSolankeat 87′minutes
  • 9Firmino
    Substituted forLallanaat 82′minutes
  • 19Mané
    Substituted forMorenoat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lovren
  • 12Gomez
  • 14Henderson
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Mignolet
  • 29Solanke

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 19CollinsBooked at 43mins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 27Evra
  • 18João Mário
    Substituted forRiceat 83′minutes
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 47mins
  • 16Noble
  • 10Lanzini
    Substituted forAntonioat 58′minutes
  • 7Arnautovic
    Substituted forHernándezat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Reid
  • 12Hugill
  • 17Hernández
  • 22Byram
  • 25Hart
  • 30Antonio
  • 41Rice
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
53,256

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

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Match ends, Liverpool 4, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, West Ham United 1.

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Offside, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke tries a through ball, but Andrew Robertson is caught offside.

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Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

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Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Collins.

Substitution

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Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

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Substitution, Liverpool. Alberto Moreno replaces Sadio Mané.

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Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

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Substitution, West Ham United. Declan Rice replaces João Mário.

Substitution

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Substitution, West Ham United. Chicharito replaces Marko Arnautovic.

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Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

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Substitution, Liverpool. Adam Lallana replaces Roberto Firmino.

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Delay in match Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) because of an injury.

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Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

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Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

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Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Goal!

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Goal! Liverpool 4, West Ham United 1. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

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Sadio Mané (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a through ball.

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Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emre Can.

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Attempt missed. James Collins (West Ham United) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell following a set piece situation.

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Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

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Patrice Evra (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

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Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Goal!

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Goal! Liverpool 3, West Ham United 1. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté following a fast break.

Substitution

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Substitution, West Ham United. Michail Antonio replaces Manuel Lanzini.

Goal!

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Goal! Liverpool 3, West Ham United 0. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emre Can with a through ball.

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Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

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Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joel Matip.

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Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

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Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

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Goal! Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Booking

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Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).


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