Liverpool were given the opportunity to thrust themselves into third place this afternoon, here’s The Anfield Talk’s Sam (@sam_turnerLFC) with the match report as Liverpool ran away 4-1 winners:
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Liverpool moved into 2nd place in the Premier League as they comfortably dispatched the (not so much of a) challenge of West Ham United. In the process we leapfrog bitter rivals Manchester United…that’s always nice to see. Goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane secured the win after a Michail Antonio goal at 3-0 threatened a Hammers comeback. Such a win was (in my opinion) inevitable with the way we have been playing recently and our record at Anfield against David Moyes-lead teams.
The game started off in good fashion for the Reds as Firmino and Salah combined as they always have and the only thing standing in the way of Salah’s 31st goal of the season was the post. The first goal itself didn’t arrive until the 29th minute when Salah’s whipped corner found the head of Emre Can who fired a header past the obstructed (by Milner lol) West Ham keeper Adrian. A goal from a corner?! 1-0.
West Ham did have some good chances and but for the heroics of Loris Karius, who managed to tip a dipping shot from Marko Arnautovic onto the crossbar, the score line could have looked a bit different going in to half time. However when, 5 minutes after the break, Liverpool doubled their lead through a low shot into the bottom right corner by Mo Salah it was really a case of how many the Reds would end up getting. The goal itself was set up brilliantly by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and finished equally as well by the Egyptian superstar. It is, as mentioned, Salah’s 31st goal of the season and ties him with Harry Kane as the top scorer in the league (23 goals). Not really much more to say about him to be honest. Superlatives start to lose their meaning after so many times of saying it. A goal from Mo Salah?! 2-0.
The third goal came just 6 minutes after the second when Firmino picked up the ball, shimmied past the onrushing Adrian and no-look finished the ball into the net. It is the Brazilian’s 22nd goal in all competitions this season. Surely he must be starting striker for Brazil at the World Cup this summer? With the form he’s in at least. A mad Bobby no-look goal and an even madder Bobby celebration?! 3-0.
The West Ham goal itself came mostly out of nothing. Andy Robertson (who was fantastic for the entire game by the way) was caught on one of his runs upfield and substitute Antonio picked up the ball on the right of the box. The ball went in the net. All that needs to be said about that one really. Annoying but not really critical. A pointless goal conceded to rob an otherwise solid defence of a clean sheet?! 3-1.
Sadio Mane had already missed a sitter by the time he latched on to Robertson’s brilliant ball across the box but this time he made no mistake and buried the ball into the left side of the goal. It completed the ritual of all three front players scoring that we seem to be attempting to make a weekly occurrence these days. A Sadio Mane goal to further put behind all this “poor season” talk that had been brewing for the past few months?! 4-1. Game over.
We’re in to 2nd place and the game tomorrow between United and Chelsea has no outcome that doesn’t at least partially benefit us. Relax Redmen, we’re good. Until the Newcastle United game next Saturday, good night!