Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Liverpool v West Ham - story of the match

Liverpool v West Ham - story of the match

Liverpool took their goal tally for the season to 103 as they claimed second place in the Premier League with a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham.

Liverpool are a point clear of rivals Manchester United, who host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Liverpool's breakthrough came in the 29th minute when Salah delivered the corner for Can to head home from close range.

What they each bring to the attack is unique, but it would seem Mane's starting to steal his teammates' celebrations judging by what he did against West Ham. Despite the eventual scoreline, the West Ham keeper Adrian did plenty to try, unsuccessfully, to keep his side competitive throughout the game.

It's been said before but every time you hear that Liverpool signed Salah from Roma in the summer for a snip at just £35million, it confirms that he is without doubt the signing of the season.

Roberto Firmino made it 3-0, Sadio Mane added a late fourth, while Michail Antonio scored a consolation for West Ham.

Magpies striker Dwight Gayle looked to have earned the visitors three precious Premier League points on the south coast with two simple, first-half finishes, but they made to pay for their profligacy, which included Jonjo Shelvey missing an open goal at 2-0. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to dribble through around five Hammers players before the Egyptian marksman clinically finished to double Liverpool's lead.

"Partly before that we were well-organised, had a good shape, making it as hard as we could for Liverpool to get through while trying to do some damage ourselves when we got the chances".

But it was not all one-way traffic and Loris Karius was forced into an excellent fingertip save, deflecting Marko Arnautovic's attempted lob onto the crossbar. From a corner, Salah's whips the ball in and finds an unmarked Can three yards out to nod it in. Firmino was once again the architect as he fed Andy Robertson who fired the ball into Mane, and the attacker was able to turn it home to make the score 4-1 and end the game as a contest.

"Jurgen Klopp has put together an unbelievable side". Capping his afternoon off in true style with a no-look goal, the Brazilian is now up to 22 goals for the season while Mane netted his 13th of the campaign after a brilliant delivery from Robertson - a result that marks the 26th time Liverpool have scored 4+ goals in a game under Klopp in less than three seasons.

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