Mo Salah was the star once more for Liverpool as his brace helped his side to the three points over West Ham.
The Egyptian forward had gone six video games within the Premier League with no goal, matching his longest spell of helplessness to the Reds.
However no seventh in a row was empty as Salah returned to type with two effective strikes within the second half to assist gas Liverpool as much as third within the table.
West Ham had the shape striker going into the combat and Michail Antonio will need to have been thrilled on the prospect of working in Liverpool’s newest non permanent defensive pairs of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips.
However Antonio pushed a wonderful chance to make it three goals in 4 seconds seconds earlier than Salah struck. Georginio Wijnaldum added a third to the champions earlier than Craig Dawson’s late comfort.
It wasn’t just Liverpool’s defense that was patchy. With Sadio Mane out with a muscle injury and Roberto Firmino beginning on the bench, Salaock was joined by Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
West Ham handled all three within the first half the place Liverpool had 70 per cent possession however little worth to point out for it.
Salah did well to catch the ball up within the West Ham space earlier than letting it to Shaqiri, whose drive was bravely blocked by Dawson.
As half-time drew close to Thiago discovered Origi down on goal however the forward may solely pry the ball large, earlier than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski caught Salah’s low drive from the sting of the realm – a shot Liverpool first on target.
For West Ham, Said Benrahma had an early alternative to open his account of Aaron Cresswell’s break however his shot was blocked, as was the follow-up by Pablo Fornals.
Benrahma then signed a cross in direction of the far post however Antonio may solely place his header within the arms of Reds keeper Alisson Becker.
After the break Salah appeared forward to score when Origi reached the small line and pulled the ball back, however Cresswell made a crucial block.
Henderson then discovered Salah with a protracted ball however the Egyptian header went straight to Fabianski.
Antonio’s big chance arrived within the fifty fifth minute when Jarrod Bowen crossed from the suitable, the 30-year-old player taking a contact to regular himself earlier than curling his shot an inch large.
As a substitute, Salah took the lead two minutes later after substitute Curtis Jones discovered him lurking on the suitable side of the realm.
𝐔𝐍𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄 at present, Mo 🔥
These goals 😳😱 pic.twitter.com/k3E38LPlGr
– Liverpool Football Club (@LFC) January 31, 2021
Salah wrapped his left foot across the ball, sending it looping over Fabianski and curling into the back of the net.
Within the 68th minute Liverpool relentlessly killed the sport with a lightning counter from the corner of West Ham.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 60-yard move discovered Shaqiri, who slammed the ball back to Salah’s path to land the primary time.
Liverpool grabbed a third when substitutes Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain mixed to set up Wijnaldum for a tap-in, earlier than Dawson hit from a corner with three minutes to go.