Liverpool came into tonight’s game missing arguably their best player of the season, Sadio Mane. Klopp named the usual starting XI, with Origi coming in for Mane and Oxlade Chamberlain keeping his place in the midst of Fabinho’s recovery.
The Reds had the opportunity to make history with a win at the London Stadium tonight, a win would see them successfully defeat every other team in the league in one season for the first time in club history.
First half chance for Liverpool as Wijnaldum releases Origi down the left. His cross is cut out by Fabianski, who briefly stays down hurt.
Following a dominant spell of possession from the Reds to start, West Ham found some space on the counter. After a skirmish outside the box, Lanzini was played in, misses the chance, but was offside anyway. But the home crowd have woken up after a quiet 15 minutes.
Liverpool seem somewhat timid in the first 20 minutes of this contest at the London Stadium. Not much happening for the Reds in the early stages. Loads of possession, but nothing to show for it.
Chance for Liverpool as Firmino and Salah brilliantly set up Robertson, whose effort is cleared from the line. Inches from a Liverpool opener at the London Stadium.
Liverpool proving to be patient, yet effective in their approach. Following some patient passing, the Reds quickened their approach. Winjaldum the recipient of a beautiful pass, feeds Robertson, but his cross missed everyone. Encouraging.
In the 33’, Trent picked out a pass toward the back post and Roberto Firmino did well to keep it in play. Played a pass across the goal to Origi, who was brought down by Diop. Penalty for LFC. Mo Salah stepped up to take the ending penalty and buried into the bottom left corner. 1-0 Liverpool after 35’.
The Reds came to life following the converted penalty. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a shot go wide of West Ham’s goal after Liverpool win the ball back through Henderson and break.
Mark Noble was given a yellow card after venting his frustrations to referee Jon Moss.
The referee added two minutes of stoppage time to the end of the first half.
The halftime whistle blew with Salah’s strike from the penalty spot proving to be the difference in the first half. 1-0 Liverpool at the break.
Both teams came out for the second half unchanged.
West Ham broke decently following a Liverpool corner, and Declan Rice fired in a teasing ball to Manuel Lanzini, but Lanzini made a mess of his chance. Major let off for the Reds.
Liverpool broke from the ensuing save, almost immediately into the opposition box, Robertson crossed it into Firmino, but his effort was kept out by West Ham keeper Lucas Fabianski.
West Ham won themselves a corner, but that would ultimately be their demise. Virgil Van Dijk won a huge header off the corner to clear the ball, Henderson lobbed the ball to Salah and, with the Reds in a three on two situation, played in Oxlade Chamberlain, who dusted his marker, and finished his chance. 2-0 Liverpool after 52’.
A truly fantastic break, and class through-ball from Salah. Outside of the foot ball to Ox in stride, and a calm finish to double the Reds lead.
West Ham nearly pulled one back instantly. Robert Snodgrass was in on goal in the blink of an eye, and it took a big save from Alisson to deny the Scotsman.
West Ham won a free kick down Liverpool’s right following a careless tackle from Trent Alexander Arnold. Angelo Ogbonna header Snodgrass’s ensuing free kick over the bar.
Firmino takes on the entire defense and nearly scores it; all alone as he skins Masuaku down the line before cutting in and firing wide on his left.
Liverpool with another beautiful break, this time with Origi on the end of it. The Belgian, with his trademark left footed strike, went close as Fabianski made an impressive save.
David Moyes made his first substitution in the 69’, bringing on Pablo Fornals for Manuel Lanzini.
Jurgen Klopp then countered with his first substitution of the evening, bringing on Fabinho for Divock Origi in the 70’. This move saw Oxlade Chamberlain move out wide into Origi’s position and Fabinho move into his usual midfield role.
Alisson came up with a huge save on a Declan Rice screamer following a horrible giveaway from Fabinho, and then Trent nearly rocketed his clearance into his own goal, but somehow hit the post and Van Dijk cleared.
The Reds nearly tripled their lead. An absolute world class bit of skill and passing from Liverpool in the opposition box. Salah’s header from Trent’s cross was just a little too weak.
Klopp made his second sub in the 78’, bringing on Naby Keita for Trent Alexander-Arnold. This move saw Jordan Henderson move to right back and Keita slide into the midfield three.
Following the sub, Liverpool moved beautifully down the left from Alisson’s spot kick and Salah hit the post from a first time curler at the top of the box. Unlucky.
Alisson made an absolutely world class save from a Declan Rice header folllwing a West Ham free kick. Diving backwards to save the curling header from beating his near post. Unbelievable save.
Klopp then made his third and final substitution in the 85’, bringing on Curtis Jones for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
The referee added three minutes of stoppage time.
The full time whistle blew, Liverpool 2 West Ham 0. Brilliant performances all around tonight, specifically Gomez, Van Dijk, Alisson and Salah. Oxlade Chamberlain did well to grab his 6th goal of the season. But, Alisson takes MOTM for me. A masterclass of a performance in goal. The man has no nerves, he just simply won’t be beat.
Liverpool have now beaten every other team in the league in a single season for the first time in club history. They now go 19 points clear, 70 points overall, breaking records week in and week out; this Liverpool team are remarkable.
Next up: Southampton on Saturday.