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Salah Hits Brace, Oxlade Bags First Goal As Liverpool Hammer West Ham

05 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • West Ham team news: Bilic without number of key players for visit of Liverpool

This time it was from a Reds corner, which Noble deflected towards his own goal, which was saved by Hart, but Matip was in the right place at the right time to prod home from close range. Liverpool swatted it away easily, before racing clear in a rapid counter-attack.

And, whilst the West Ham board have been incredibly patient, losing to Liverpool may force their hand.

Sadly, for Slaven Bilic's side, that wasn't the case; instead, West Ham conceded twice in three first-half minutes from a counter-attack and a set-piece, essentially finding themselves defeated after half an hour.

Jurgen Klopp has generally deployed a 4-3-3 system at Liverpool since the start of last season but on Saturday he tweaked his formation, fielding 4-2-3-1 and handed a different role to Salah, his side's best performer so far this campaign.

"Our response to their goal was outstanding, Oxlade-Chamberlain used the chance, and then brilliant play for the fourth".

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first-half thanks to Salah and Joel Matip, the Merseysiders were pegged back by Manuel Lanzini's deft finish ten minutes into the second period. West Ham's mistakes spelled their doom well before half-time in a display that will intensify the pressure on Slaven Bilic.

"It takes time to settle in anywhere and learn the new style of play, we play a very intense game that takes time", he said in an interview with BT Sport.


However, hope for West Ham lasted just 55 seconds.

Three minutes later it got even worse for West Ham. Ayew this time crossed to Lanzini at the back post, and Lanzini controlled the ball expertly on his chest before poking a smart finish past Simon Mignolet.

Mane lasted 77 minutes despite having had only two training sessions, while Georginio Wijnaldum lasted the full game despite looking certain to miss the match with an ankle knock. Swansea City dropped into the relegation zone after slumping to a home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion.

And speaking after Liverpool's victory at the London Stadium, Oxlade-Chamberlain vowed to continue to improve.

While he isn't the most prolific front man in the Premier League, his hard-working attitude and skill on the ball makes him stand out to the Reds' supporters.

Michael Cox is the editor of zonalmarking.net and a contributor to ESPN FC.

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