West Ham United plunged into deeper trouble as Mohamed Salah’s double gave Liverpool victory over Slaven Bilic’s side at the London Stadium.
The Hammers fielded a makeshift backline with several regulars unavailable for selection, while Liverpool were able to call on the services of Sadio Mane ahead of schedule.
West Ham’s defending for atleast three of Liverpool’s four goals was poor, and despite sending on all three of his attacking subs available, Bilic was not able to produce a repeat of their miraculous Cup comeback against Spurs at Wembley, and the home side eventually crashed to a 4-1 defeat- the second time in a row that Liverpool have scored four at the London Stadium.
Salah and Mane combined for the first on the counter after West Ham left only Aaron Cresswell behind on an attacking corner, and paid the price for it. Mark Noble was the unwitting villain for the second, while Winston Reid, just returned from injury, showed that he should perhaps not have been on the park as he was outmuscled by Firmino in the leadup to AOC’s goal, the first of his Reds career.
Salah drilled in a fourth, again on the counter, after West Ham had given the ball away cheaply.
The home side’s only goal was a moment of individual brilliance from Manuel Lanzini, although young Joe Gomez will not look back at the highlight reels too fondly for that one. But otherwise, Simon Mignolet had a relatively quiet evening, with the Hammers mustering just one shot on target.
Liverpool will be taking on Burnley this weekend, a little over six months after Jurgen Klopp’s men hosted the Clarets in the 16/17 season. On that occasion, the Reds put in a dire first performance but emerged 2-1 winners thanks to second half goals from Can and Wijnaldum. It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done.
Going into this weekend, both teams have 7 points, but Burnley are ahead of Liverpool in the league table on goal difference. LFC, of course, will be looking to recover from their poor results against Man City and Sevilla. Continue reading
It was Liverpool’s first Champions League game since 2014, and defensive frailties again came to haunt the Reds as Spanish side Sevilla, on paper their only real opponents for top spot in what otherwise seems to be an easy group, came away with a draw from Anfield.
Roberto Firmino also missed a penalty as Liverpool spurned a host of chances in the two sides’ first competitive meeting since the 2016 Europa League final, which Sevilla won 3-1 in Basel.
Sevilla could’ve even come away with all three points had Luis Muriel not fluffed his lines in stoppage time Continue reading
Remember Jose Enrique? The former Newcastle & Liverpool left back has called it a day due to persistent injuries at the age of just 31. Here is one of our favourites moments of him in a LFC jersey- his part in a great team goal against Swansea Continue reading
A sensational evening for Liverpool lad Benjamin Woodburn, who scored a beautiful strike for his first ever goal in Welsh colours. Woodburn’s goal against Austria came in the 74th minute, four minutes after he had made his international bow as a sub for Tom Lawrence Continue reading
Liverpool have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. Ox, as he is nicknamed, has put pen to paper a five year deal, and the Reds have reportedly paid somewhere around £35m (plus £5m addons) for his signature.
Chelsea were also interested in Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it is understood that he preferred not to play at right wing back, where the Blues were apparently intent on using him as a back up to Victor Moses, but in central midfield.
The Ox has also apparently taken a wage cut to join the Reds and becomes their fifth signing of this window after aby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke. He is also a former Southampton player. Continue reading
The seventh red card for Sadio Mane, and it wasn’t a happy return from international duty for the Senegalese as he got himself sent off v Liverpool with his side 1-0 down. Looking at the angles, you could perhaps sympathise with Mane a bit, but there was little Jon Moss could do but give him a red Continue reading