Liverpool, placed third in the Premier League table, were rooting for an Anfield victory this afternoon when they hosted West Ham United, one of many relegation strugglers of the campaign. The Hammers, however, have been a bogey team for the Reds but were expecting a tough 90 minutes of football against league’s one of the most stupendous outfits.
The game, however, witnessed the obvious outcome and the ruthless Reds hammered the Hammers by 4-1 – a scoreline identical to the reverse fixture.
Liverpool had an early opportunity but Mo Salah’s strike hit the woodwork. West Ham too caught the Reds on the break and Loris Karius did extremely well to make a fingertip save as Marko Arnautovic’s smart chip hit the crossbar. It took almost half-an-hour for Liverpool to break the deadlock when Emre Can headed home from an exquisite Mohamed Salah corner. The first-half ended 1-0 in favour of the Reds.
The hammers had to hit back to snatch something from the game which, in turn, opened them up and handed Liverpool enough space to stride forward and punish them on the counter. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did extremely well to set it up for Mo Salah through West Ham defence, and the iconic Egyptian made no mistake to make it 2-0 after calmly slotting home. It was Roberto Firmino’s turn to add to his tally who picked up a sublime pass of Emre Can and finished it into the back of the net. The visitors pulled one back via substitute Michail Antonio but the Reds restored their 3-goal lead when sensational Andrew Robertson set it up for Sadio Mane to finish it from close range. Mane, who missed sitters minutes back, had a sign of relief before being taken off in the closing minutes.
The win now takes Liverpool to the second spot of the league tally ahead of Manchester United who will be hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford tomorrow in an epic Premier League battle.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah (Dominic Solanke 87′), Sadio Mane (Alberto Moreno 87′), Roberto Firmino (Adam Lallana 82′).
West Ham United: Adrian, Pablo Zabaleta, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Patrice Evra, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Mark Noble, Joao Mario (Declan Rice 83′), Manuel Lanzini (Michail Antonio 58′), Marko Arnautovic (Javier Hernandez 83′).
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