A brace from Mohamed Salah as well as goals from Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw Liverpool thrash West ham United 4-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday night.
West Ham United 1 Liverpool 4
Salah hits first and later gets brace
Matip doubles lead
Lanzini pulls one back
Oxlade-Chamberlain gets on scoresheet
After an equal opening period, Liverpool made the most of a good counter-attack from a West ham corner as Sadio Mane broke away before feeding Mohamed Salah, who opened the scoring. Joel Matip made it two not long after.
Manuel Lanzini then pulled one back for West Ham but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the two-goal lead as he beat Hart on his second attempt, and Salah finished the game with a brace as he added a fourth for Liverpool.
Liverpool dominated the match from the first kick of the ball and Mohammed Salah curled a good ball in which Roberto Firmino chested down well before taking a shot which was well saved by Joe Hart.
Jurgen Klopp’s side eventually found their opener as Sadio Mane made a good counter-attack before giving the ball to Mohamed Salah, who had no issues beating Hart to open the scoring.
Joel Matip then got himself on the scoresheet as he followed up a good save from Hart after a bad deflection from Mark Noble, but the Liverpool defender was there to finish at close range.
West Ham then had their chance as Manuel Lanzini’s ball over the defence saw Andre Ayew get a shot off towards Simon Mignolet, who didn’t get a touch as the effort rebounded off the post.
Despite West Ham having a few chances, Liverpool went into the break with a two-goal advantage after a dominant first half performance. West Ham made an attacking substitution as they brought on Andy Carroll to introduce more danger in the Liverpool box.
Lanzini then showed some great strength to control a good ball down on his chest before managing a good flick beyond Mignolet to gain a goal back for the Hammers.
Liverpool, however, hit back almost immediately as Roberto Firmino made a good break before giving the ball to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who shot towards Hart who managed to keep the initial effort out, but he finished his follow-up effort to restore the two-goal advantage.
Carroll then managed to feed Lanzini a good ball, who almost managed to reduce the deficit, but he could only blaze the ball over the bar as the game entered the final half hour.
With 15 minutes left to play, Mane once again combined well with Salah who controlled it well before drilling his shot into the bottom corner for Liverpool’s fourth.
The midfielder was almost in for his hat-trick as Oxlaide-Chamberlain picked him out in the middle of the box, but Hart was out to make the save.
The final whistle went with a roar of disapproval from the home fans, but Jurgen Klopp would have breathed a big sigh of relief as his team registered a much-needed win to keep them within the top six on the table.
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