REPORT | West Ham 0-2 Liverpool: Salah now top scorer as Reds go 19 clear

A Sadio Mané-less Liverpool side showed no signs of slowing down without the Senegalese as they continued their charge toward the Premier League title with a routine 2-0 away victory against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Jürgen Klopp made one change from the side that scraped past Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 23, with Divock Origi returning to the starting XI in place of injured Mané.

The opening 15 minutes seemed to set the tone for the rest of the match with Liverpool racking up 80% possession as West Ham looked to defend with David Moyes seemingly applying damage limitation tactics.

Throughout this time, Łukasz Fabiański remained untested with the Reds unable to penetrate the five-man West Ham back line.

Despite this lack of penetration, the Reds were able to rack up the corner count and this looked to be Liverpool’s best chance of pulling in front especially considering the fact that both Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson had netted from corners in the previous two Premier League games.

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With this being said, as the minutes ticked on, the Reds began to find some joy on the ground with the best chance of the game falling to Andrew Robertson who burst into the box following a brilliant lay off from Mohamed Salah.

Fabianski rushed out to meet the Scotland captain who attempted to sink the ball over the Polish goalkeeper only to see his effort bobble agonisingly wide.

Following the effort by Robertson the Reds continued to press the West Ham defence and finally went in front from the penalty spot following a foul on Origi by Issa Diop.

Salah stepped up and continued his 100% penalty record for the season, sending Fabiański the wrong way as he slotted the ball calmly into the bottom right corner of the net in the 35th minute.

After the goal West Ham opened up a little more as they looked to grab an equaliser but Liverpool remained unpaused and continued to comfortably dominate possession until half-time.

The start of the second half saw much of the same for the Reds with Roberto Firmino having a brilliant chance in the opening five minutes to double the lead.


Rather fortunate with how the ball landed at his feet, the Brazilian flicked the ball towards Fabiański’s far post which required a diving save from the Polish goalkeeper to deny Liverpool’s number nine.

Despite the save Liverpool did not have long to wait until they had their second goal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finishing off a deadly counter attack in the 52nd minute.

Coming as a result of a West Ham corner, Liverpool broke away at pace as Jordan Henderson fed Salah with a ball over the top. Both Firmino and Chamberlain were in support, with the Egyptian choosing to unselfishly release his English teammate who ran through on goal and netted calmly past Fabiański. 2-0.

Following the goal Liverpool had to immediately call on Alisson to ensure that their two goal lead remained intact as Robert Snodgrass almost found the bottom corner after Gini Wijnaldum gave away possession on the edge of his own area.

As the game went on Fabiański continued to show his priceless worth to West Ham as he pulled off another impressive stretching save to deny a low drive by Origi that looked destined for the bottom corner.

Unfortunately for Liverpool their injury list seemed to grow as Origi was replace shortly after by Fabinho, with the Belgian gesturing towards his hamstring as he limped off.

Following the substitution West Ham almost immediately found a way back into the match as Trent Alexander-Arnold smashed his clearance against the post following another save by Alisson. Relief all round for the Reds.

Despite this scare the Reds continued to push for a third and almost had it Salah struck the post following a brilliant bit of link up between himself, Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool continued to dominate possession for the remainder of the match but still required the brilliance of Alisson to ensure their two goal lead remained intact as their Brazilian number one was again forced into pulling off an outstanding save to deny Declan Rice.

Having denied West Ham throughout the match Alisson once again proved his worth to Liverpool as he was able to enjoy the final minutes of the game unchallenged as the Reds kept possession whilst the clock wound down.

Klopp’s men are next in action on February 1 when they welcome Danny Ings back to Anfield as they host a resurgent Southampton side .

Matthew Ramirez

Podcast regular and match reporter. Gibraltarian of many opinions and defender of Jordan Henderson.

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