West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
Premier League (21), London Stadium
January 31, 2021
Salah 57′ (assist – Jones)
Salah 68′ (assist – Shaqiri)
Wijnaldum 84′ (assist – Firmino)
Xherdan Shaqiri, in the No. 10 role, laid on an early chance for Origi, but the Belgian was unable to hit his left-footed swipe on target as he found himself off-balance.
Nat Phillips, keeping his place after a bright second-half display filling in for Joel Matip last time out, found himself in a comfortable position as West Ham played to his strengths, but the 23-year-old also showed growing nous on the ball.
There were few chances for either side in a defensive half, however, with Craig Dawson produced a strong block to keep out a powerful effort from Shaqiri.
Unsurprisingly, the half stuttered to an end with the scores poised at 0-0, but with Liverpool having dominated possession and looked the most likely to break the deadlock.
HT: West Ham 0-0 Liverpool
There were no changes for either side at the break, and the second half began with a strong challenge from Declan Rice on Jordan Henderson, with the stand-in centre-back thankfully avoiding injury.
West Ham were growing into the game as the minutes ticked by, and Michail Antonio curved a strike just wide of the post after the home side broke on the counter.
It didn’t take long for Klopp to make his first substitution, and after a frank exchange with James Milner on the touchline the veteran’s replacement, Curtis Jones, swiftly vindicated his introduction, supplying Salah for an excellent opener after a strong, head-up run.
Liverpool’s second goal was a blinder, as they devastated West Ham on the counter; Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s long ball found Shaqiri on the left, and an inch-perfect pass found Salah in the box who, despite the pace of the move, killed it and finished with world-class ease.
The third may have been even better, as a sweeping team move involving Salah, Alexander-Arnold and substitutes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino saw the Brazilian lay it on for Gini Wijnaldum to make it 3-0.
What a win that was, only tarnished by a late goal from Dawson. Now onto Brighton, as Liverpool keep putting pressure on Man City ahead of their clash next Sunday.
TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah
Referee: Jonathan Moss
West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen (Fredericks 79′), Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio (Noble 79′)
Subs not used: Martin, Diop, Johnson, Balbuena, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Odubeko
Subs not used: Kelleher, Adrian, R.Williams, N.Williams, Tsimikas, Minamino
Next Match: Brighton (H) – Premier League – Wednesday, February 3, 8.15pm (GMT)