Liverpool continue their winning streak, this time in Premier League action. Liverpool had recently gone up against Maribor and won keeping a clean sheet for the 2nd time in the Champions League, are currently top of Group E and unbeaten but the Premier League has seen us get some disappointing draws and defeats this season already. So, it was with great appreciation that Liverpool fans could watch the trip to London end up with a satisfying Premier League victory.
Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with some injury problems this season and yet again it would force him to change the squad appropriately, with Jordan Henderson out because of thigh injury and thankfully Sadio Mané was returning after recovering from his injury. Yep, he’s back! Welcome back.
Simon Mignolet would wear the captain’s armband while Hendo can’t. Sturridge would sit on the substitute bench and didn’t get to make an appearance on the pitch at all despite scoring twice in our last two fixtures but at least Wijnaldum had been cleared to start after recently twisting his ankle during a game. The swelling must have disappeared eventually because he had his boots on and was ready to play.
It would take only 21 minutes for Liverpool to score in this game and we’d get one more before the first 45 minutes were over. Some recent games had seen Liverpool drawing 0-0 by half time but we made sure that wouldn’t be happening again, with goals scored in both halves.
Salah put Liverpool ahead first and defender Joel Matip had the chance for doing some attacking so he didn’t waste it when he doubled Liverpool’s lead from a corner shortly afterwards. By the 24th minute, it was West Ham 0-2 Liverpool. This would remain the score until after the break.
Liverpool dominated overall and with every attack, looked dangerous and likely to score. The game wasn’t without danger from the hosts though and they’d even score first in the 2nd half when Manuel Lanzini put one past Mignolet in the 56th minute, but it wasn’t much of a “comeback” as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck back just 57 seconds later with his first Premier League goal for Liverpool, making it West Ham 1-3 Liverpool.
Liverpool had stopped any hopes of West Ham possibly claiming a point and a draw almost immediately after they had scored their first. If they’d thought they might bring the scores to 2-2 again, we’d denied them that as we got our third goal. Later on around the 75th minute, Mohamed Salah would get a 4th goal, putting the proverbial “final nail in the coffin” sealing West Ham’s defeat and Liverpool’s victory.
Man of the Match
Oxlade Chamberlain had made sure that West Ham weren’t going to claim even a single point by scoring Liverpool’s third goal but Mohamed Salah scored both the opening and closing goals of the game. He was very active and hardworking with almost 50 touches of the ball as he played an important part in the Premier League victory. His efforts were greatly appreciated.
There will be a fortnight goes by before our next fixture as the “international break” takes place over the next two weeks but we’ll host Southampton at Anfield once that’s done with. I hope to see you there, then.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s