Liverpool-West Ham: Honours even at Anfield

Liverpool squandered an early lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling West Ham at Anfield on Sunday.

  • Liverpool 2 West Ham 2
  • Lallana gives hosts early lead
  • Payet free-kick restores parity
  • Antonio puts Hammers in front
  • Origi equalises soon after break

Match Summary

Jurgen Klopp's side were ahead as early as the fifth minute when Adam Lallana scored from inside the box, but the Hammers responded through Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio to lead at the break.

The Reds levelled matters just three minutes into the second half as Darren Randolph gifted Divock Origi the equaliser, and the visitors held on for the remainder of the second half to earn a share of the spoils.

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The hosts got off to a flying start as they took the lead after just five minutes through Lallana. It was Sadio Mane who created the opening goal with a low cross that the England international controlled before shooting across Darren Randolph into the bottom-right corner of the net.

A weak punch from Loris Karius moments later gave Slaven Bilic's men a chance to equalise, but Manuel Lanzini volleyed over from just outside the area.

The visitors threatened again on eight minutes when Antonio latched onto a long ball over the top from Winston Reid and forced Karius to make a save at his near post from inside the box on the right.

Still the Merseysiders were looking comfortable in the opening stages and Roberto Firmino saw his shot from the edge of the area deflected over on the quarter-hour mark following a great ball on the right from mane to pick him out.

But the east Londoners slowly got a foothold in the match and they hit back through Payet's 28th-minute free-kick, which he clipped over the wall to beat Karius at his near post.

Dejan Lovren went close to restoring the Reds' lead on 34 minutes with a header from James Milner's corner, before Firmino fired wide of the left post from 18 yards out after the Hammers failed to clear their lines.

However, it was the visitors who scored again on 39 minutes when Antonio was sent through on goal by a long pass over the top that took a deflection off a Liverpool player and he poked the ball beyond an onrushing Karius to stun the home crowd.

The home team had chances to equalise before half-time, but Firmino headed wide of the left post from Georginio Wijnaldum's cross on the right and Joel Matip was unable to keep his header down from Jordan Henderson's corner.

But they were back in the contest two minutes after the restart thanks to a mistake from Randolph, who dropped Mane's cross and allowed Origi to slot home in off the left post from close range.

Wijnaldum then wasted two chances to put the Reds back in front as he fired wide of the right post on both occasions – the first from the edge of the box and the second from inside the area on the left.

Randolph made up for his error with a fine one-handed save to tip Henderson's strike from range with 20 minutes remaining as the Reds pushed for a winner in the closing stages.

Nathaniel Clyne wasted a glorious opportunity on 82 minutes when he blazed over from just inside the area following good inter-passing on the right to set him up.