After what had been a disaster of a January, Liverpool seem to have clicked back into groove with a 3-1 win against high-flying West Ham United, coming on the back of an impressive victory over Tottenham Hostpur.
Indeed, although Liverpool’s away struggles this season have been well documented, the Reds’ trips to the capital have generally been fruitful, and this win at the London Stadium made it four wins from five games in the big city for Jürgen Klopp’s side this campaign.
The German was forced into a personnel change, with Sadio Mané deemed unfit, and Roberto Firmino given a slight rest. While this led to less attacking fluency in the first half, the visitors were the better side throughout and dominated possession for the most part.
It was only after the break that Mohamed Salah found the little bit of magic needed to unlock the West Ham defence though, whipping a left-footed strike into the top corner.
Soon the Egyptian doubled the scoreline, majestically finishing off a devastating counter-attack which included brilliant passes from both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Reds appeared to have their swagger back, and this was confirmed when Gini Wijnaldum swept home a third after another sumptuous team move.
Conceding from a late set-piece may have taken a touch of the gloss off this deserved victory, but this goes down as a massive three points for Liverpool, and a very encouraging performance.
Your ratings, as the Reds sent out a statement:
Ali 7 – Liverpool splashed out for their Brazilian stopper in part due to his willingness to patrol his box and distribute with his feet. If anything, it feels like he has reached a whole new level in this respect this season, with added pressure on his role due to the constantly changing defences ahead of him.
Trent 8 – Has bounced back into form this week and superb crossfield ball was key to Salah’s second.
Natty P 8 – Performed his job on Michail Antonio so admirably that the West Ham forward was substituted late on. Some key defensive headers, too.Embed from Getty Images
Hendo 7.5 – Starting to look at home in this forced central defensive role, a couple of strange passes in the second half aside.
Robbo 7 – Continues to have less attacking influence at the moment, but the Scot did provide some important defensive work.
ThiaGOAT 7 – The Spaniard somehow escaped a clear booking for an intentional first half handball, but his brilliance almost led to a Divock Origi goal just before the break. Some nice defensive break-ups in the second half prevented West Ham counter-attacks from shaping.
Gini 8 – Brilliant display. Looks at home in this deeper role and capped things off with his second goal of the season.
Milly 6.5 – Looked to press ahead with some much needed attacking runs from midfield, but the Reds’ vice-captain looked very clumsy when Antonio nearly opened the scoring for the hosts.
Little Shaq 7 – Back in the starting line-up, Shaqiri lacked movement and intent at times but his performance culminated in the pinpoint pass which Salah turned home for number two.
Mo 8.5 – Bubbled on the edges of the game for the first forty-five but the Egyptian’s world class brace after the interval won his side the three points.Embed from Getty Images
Divvy 6.5 – Heavily criticised by some on Twitter but Divock offered some good attacking penetration at times, firing just wide from the angle twice, and almost creating an opener for Salah moments after the restart.
CJ 7 – Speed of pass injected life into the side and the youngster registered an assist within a minute of being introduced to proceedings.
Bobby 7.5 – Sparkling cameo, with the Brazilian at the heart of the move from which Wijnaldum scored.
Ox 7 – Also involved in the Gini goal and pressed very attentively.
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