Liverpool went temporarily second in the Premier League as they easily saw off the challenge of West Ham at Anfield. West Ham under Moyes had proven to be no easy beats for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City, but they collapsed in the second half at Anfield, extending Moyes’ winless run as manager at the ground to 15 games (7 draws, 8 defeats)
Liverpool’s front trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino all got on the scoresheet, and many records were broken by the Reds during the game
West Ham gave a debut to Patrice Evra and Moyes’ plan seemed to revolve around playing a strong defensive five and relying on the counter attacking skills of loanee Joao Mario, the returning Manuel Lanzini and the immensely talented Marko Arnautovic, who has been in the form of his life since Moyes’ arrival Continue reading
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.
Two goals from Philippe Coutinho, the latter coming in slightly controversial circumstances after West Ham’s Winston Reid remained prone on the other end of the field, helped Liverpool seal a 4-0 win over Slaven Bilic’s side on 14 May, 2017. Sturridge and Origi with the other two goals for LFC.
Man United also dropped out of the race for the top four (they can not even mathematically make it following a 2-1 loss to Spurs) Continue reading
More frustration for Jurgen Klopp as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by struggling West Ham, adding to the points lost in last weekend’s loss to Bournemouth Continue reading