With the result, Liverpool managed to open 19 points over Manchester City, second in the national competition table. Isolated leader with 70 points, the team led by Jurgen Klopp faces Southampton on Saturday, for the 25th round of the championship. On the same day, 17th place West Ham will face Brighton.
West Ham’s concern for defending itself during the match was clear. With difficulty creating plays and finding spaces, it took 23 minutes until Liverpool’s first clear goal chance. In the move, Salah left Henderson in the face of the goalkeeper, but the defender took the ball almost off the line.
The first chance of goal in the entire game, however, was West Ham. At 14 minutes of the first half, Masuaku crossed the left side of the attack and Lanzini kicked the first. The ball passed dangerously to the left of goalkeeper Alisson. And just four minutes later, the Brazilian made another important defense. After that, no scares for Alisson.
The position created by David Moyes made Liverpool’s life difficult in the first half and West Ham seemed to be playing for a counterattack ball. Until Salah started the game.
At 35, the Egyptian striker opened the scoring. Origi was brought down in the area and the referee took the penalty. VAR, despite analyzing a touch of Firmino’s hand, confirmed the mark and Salah rocked the nets for Liverpool.
Second busy time
In the sixth minute, West Ham allowed a counterattack and paid dearly. In a fatal move, Liverpool extended the advantage. In the move that led to the second goal, Salah fired Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at speed and shirt 15 invaded the area to finish on the goalkeeper’s exit. 2-0 for the team led by Jurgen Klopp.
With Liverpool dominating the game, West Ham was unable to bother opponents. But, at 26, Rice kicked hard from the middle, Alisson flattened and, on the rebound, Trent Alexander-Arnold kicked the post. The near goal scare fans at London Stadium.
While the West Ham fans left the stadium, Liverpool still tried to increase the difference on the scoreboard, but failed. And before the final whistle, Alisson made yet another great save in Ogbonna’s attempt.