Liverpool 4-1 West Ham: Sakho, Suarez and a helping hand from two own goals

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Liverpool won for the second time this week on Saturday afternoon, running out 4-1 winners over West Ham at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2013: Liverpool's scoreboard records the 4-1 victory over West Ham United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Match Summary

Mamadou Sakho replacing Daniel Agger was the only change Brendan Rodgers made to the team that beat Norwich City 5-1 on Wednesday night

Before kick-off, there was a minute’s applause for Nelson Mandela, who passed away this week, aged 95.

Guy Demel was unfortunate to give the Reds the lead when the ball went in off him into his own net just before half-time.

Until then, the teams had been fairly evenly matched, and Liverpool had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to thank for not conceding in the opening stages.

The Reds doubled their lead shortly after half-time when Sakho scored his first goal for the club from close range.

After Martin Skrtel had put the ball into his own net, Liverpool’s third came from the head of Luis Suarez nine minutes from time, before Hammers midfielder Kevin Nolan was sent off for a studs-up tackle from behind.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the third goal against West Ham United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joey O’Brien deflected a Suarez shot into his own net to round off a miserable day for West Ham.

Another cracking result for Liverpool, who held off long periods of West Ham pressure in the second half.

There was, however, an injury for Steven Gerrard, who will now undergo tests to determine whether he will miss any action for the Reds over the Christmas period.

With Chelsea losing at Stoke City and Manchester City drawing at Southampton, Rodgers’ side return to second in the table – just four points behind Arsenal, who play at home to Everton on Sunday.

The Goals

1-0 Demel (o.g.)

Demel Own Goal vs Liverpool by LFCmostar

2-0 Sakho

Mamadou Sakho Goal vs West Ham United by LFCmostar

3-1 Suarez

Luis Suarez Goal vs West Ham by lfmostar

4-1 O’Brien (o.g.)

Luis Suarez 2nd Goal vs West Ham by lfmostar

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