West Ham United 1-Three Liverpool: Mohamed Salah double sends Reds third

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Mohamed Salah’s two targets had been his first within the Premier League since a double within the 7-Zero win at Crystal Palace

Mohamed Salah scored for the primary time in seven Premier League video games with an excellent double at West Ham United to assist Liverpool transfer as much as third within the desk.

A trademark fast shift and curling end from the Egypt striker was reward for a vibrant begin to the second half from the Reds after Jurgen Klopp’s facet had failed so as to add a innovative to their first-half possession.

Salah capped a scintillating Liverpool counter-attack to double his facet’s lead 11 minutes later, immediately controlling Xherdan Shaqiri’s looping go excessive earlier than prodding previous Lukasz Fabianski.

With out the injured Sadio Mane and with Roberto Firmino among the many substitutes, the onus was on Salah to finish his mini drought and he delivered in model.

Firmino got here off the bench to arrange Georginio Wijnaldum for a slick Liverpool third earlier than Craig Dawson steered residence a nook handy West Ham a comfort.

Liverpool’s second win in London in 4 days reduce the hole to leaders Manchester Metropolis – who’ve a recreation in hand – to 4 factors, and the 2 sides meet at Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp’s choices repay

Eyebrows had been raised on the exclusion of Firmino from Liverpool’s beginning line-up given Senegal ahead Mane was lacking with a minor muscle damage.

A toothless first-half show, by which Liverpool’s solely effort on course was a 20-yard Salah strike straight at Fabianki, advised the reigning champions had been affected by the absence of two of their famed entrance three – in addition to the injured Diogo Jota.

However Klopp’s introduction of Curtis Jones from the bench early within the second half proved a game-changer because the younger playmaker neatly performed in Salah for the opener.

His surging run by means of the centre of the pitch put West Ham on the again foot and, after exchanging passes with Trent Alexander-Arnold, he discovered Salah, who made house for himself in opposition to Aaron Cresswell earlier than curling the ball previous Fabianski.

Liverpool’s second aim was even simpler on the attention, Shaqiri receiving a cross-field diagonal ball from Alexander-Arnold earlier than selecting out Salah with a first-time go because the guests broke from a Hammers nook with devastating impact.

Their third was each bit as spectacular, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s backheeled one-two with Firmino set the Brazilian free and the substitute squared for Wijnaldum to coolly fireplace residence.

Georginio Wijnaldum.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s aim was his second within the Premier League this season for Liverpool

The targets, on the again of three at Tottenham on Thursday, recommend Liverpool have discovered their attacking verve once more after going 4 video games with out scoring – simply in time to breathe life into their faltering title defence.

The fashionable Thiago Alcantara seems to be more and more at residence in midfield and was a part of a Liverpool diamond that managed the sport all through whereas the inexperienced Nathaniel Phillips and midfielder Jordan Henderson – excelling at centre-back each bit as a lot as Fabinho has performed this season – had been strong on the coronary heart of the defence.

Liverpool’s weakened squad will face a major examination in opposition to in-form Metropolis on Sunday, however the victories over Tottenham and West Ham imply Klopp’s facet will start that recreation – and Brighton on Wednesday earlier than it – in notably higher spirits.

They appear set to be bolstered by the arrival of Preston North Finish’s Ben Davies, who’s more likely to signal on Monday for £2m and add depth to a defence lacking Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Fabinho.

Title race scaling down?

4 weeks in the past, solely seven factors separated the highest 10 in what was constructing as much as be probably the most congested title races ever however, after eight consecutive wins, leaders Metropolis now maintain a nine-point benefit and a recreation in hand over fifth-placed West Ham.

With Manchester United and Leicester dropping factors twice this week, Liverpool’s back-to-back victories in London recommend they might emerge as Metropolis’s likeliest challengers regardless of their damage issues.

West Ham briefly climbed into the Champions League locations with Tuesday’s win over Crystal Palace however this emphatic defeat is probably going to present pause to any Hammers followers dreaming of a top-four push.

David Moyes’ facet got here into the sport on the again of six straight wins in all competitions however by no means appeared like they really believed they might prolong that run in opposition to the reigning champions.

Michail Antonio pounced on a James Milner slip to curve their finest opening simply large moments earlier than Salah broke the impasse – however in fact they had been second finest all through.

This was an off-day for Moyes’ facet in comparison with their latest performances however their kind total this season will give them hope they’ll have real looking hopes of qualifying for Europe for the primary time this century.

Dawson’s comfort was a small reward for the hosts for not giving up however they’re now winless of their previous 10 video games in opposition to Liverpool.

The Hammers will definitely be glad to see the again of Salah for some time, the ahead having scored in seven of his final eight conferences in opposition to them, together with Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Anfield in October.

‘Three unbelievable targets’ – what they stated

West Ham boss David Moyes informed BBC Sport: “It was tight. We discovered it arduous in opposition to Liverpool. We had been higher within the first half however did not present sufficient composure at instances in opposition to a extremely good facet.

“We’ve been in good kind. We got here into the sport with a whole lot of confidence. That is the distinction, at this degree it exhibits. We’re making an attempt to catch a couple of groups up, not Liverpool, that is for certain.

“The gamers have been wonderful. Even in the present day, it is a lesson for them – the degrees now we have to get to. We did not do the issues we often do properly in the present day.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “We did not create sufficient within the first half. We made little changes at half-time and it paid off. We scored three unbelievable targets.

“These boys are a extremely good group. They are not completely happy at not being profitable, not successful, however they at all times have the precise angle.

“We slept one evening at residence [after Tottenham] after which we got here to London. That is two nice outcomes.”

Capital beneficial properties for Reds – the stats

  • Liverpool have received extra Premier League matches in opposition to West Ham than they’ve in opposition to every other facet within the competitors (31), whereas solely in opposition to Arsenal (32) have the Hammers misplaced extra Premier League video games than they’ve in opposition to Liverpool (31).
  • Liverpool (W4 D1) turned solely the second workforce to go unbeaten of their 5 Premier League away video games at London Stadium, following Manchester Metropolis (W4 D1).
  • Liverpool have misplaced simply one in every of their previous 16 Premier League video games in London (W11 D4), successful their previous three fixtures within the capital and scoring 13 targets throughout these wins.
  • West Ham supervisor David Moyes is winless in his final 14 Premier League matches in opposition to Liverpool (D4 L10), dropping every of the final 5 in a row (all with West Ham).
  • Mohamed Salah turned the primary participant to attain 20+ targets in all competitions in 4 consecutive seasons for Liverpool since Ian Rush did so six instances working from 1981-82 to 1986-87.
  • Salah has scored 9 Premier League targets in opposition to West Ham, his finest return in opposition to a facet within the competitors.

What’s subsequent?

West Ham go to Aston Villa within the Premier League on Wednesday (20:15 GMT) earlier than a London derby at Fulham on Saturday (17:30 GMT). Liverpool host Brighton on Wednesday (20:15 GMT) earlier than welcoming league leaders Manchester Metropolis to Anfield on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

Participant of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

West Ham United

  1. Squad quantity15Participant titleDawson

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleFabianski

  3. Squad quantity5Participant titleCoufal

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleOgbonna

  5. Squad quantity20Participant titleBowen

  6. Squad quantity28Participant titleSoucek

  7. Squad quantity3Participant titleCresswell

  8. Squad quantity9Participant titleBenrahma

  9. Squad quantity30Participant titleAntonio

  10. Squad quantity41Participant titleRice

  11. Squad quantity7Participant titleYarmolenko

  12. Squad quantity16Participant titleNoble

  13. Squad quantity24Participant titleFredericks

  14. Squad quantity18Participant titleFornals

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28SoucekBooked at 49minutes
  • 41RiceBooked at 47minutes
  • 20BowenSubstituted forFredericksat 79′minutes
  • 9Benrahma
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 62′minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forNobleat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 25Martin
  • 31Johnson
  • 45Odubeko

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 14Henderson
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forFirminoat 69′minutes
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJonesat 57′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Firmino
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 46R Williams
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams

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