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Almost a fifth for Liverpool deep into injury time as Andy Robertson goes on yet another surging run along the left wing. His eventually shot meanders wide and that should be that.


Substitution for Liverpool: Alberto Moreno replaces Mohamed Salah.


Adam Lallana almost makes it 5-1 minutes after taking to the field. He takes possession just outside the box and rifles a powerful strike floating just over the top of the crossbar.


He didn’t need to be asked twice! Sadio Mane atones for his miss moments earlier with a simple tap-in from three yards out to make it 4-1.

Andy Robertson made a lung-busting run along the left wing from defence and he was found by Roberto Firmino with a pass to his side.

The defender squared the ball first time for Mane to easily slot the ball past Adrian. Three goal cushion again for Jurgen Klopp’s men.


CLOSE! Sadio Mane almost gets on the scoresheet.

He has been forced to watch his team-mates bag the goals today and following a clever through ball from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the forward crashed a low strike just off the post.

The Anfield crowd thought it had went in and let out a sigh of disappointment when it clattered narrowly wide. Liverpool almost restore their three goal cushion but it remains 3-1 with 15 minutes to go.


Talk about adding insult to injury: Roberto Firmino with a cheeky look-away after rounding Adrian to make it 3-0 earlier.


Well after a mad few mad minutes there, the game has caught its breath. Three goals in eight minutes has exploded this affair into life and despite not giving up entirely, West Ham still have a mountain to climb here.

Despite their tendencies throughout this season, Liverpool haven’t looked too suspect at the back today. Antonio’s goal seemed to come out of no-where and the game has once again assumed the pattern of the opening 45 minutes — Liverpool dominating possession.

The Hammers have been excellent on the break with pace, but they haven’t seen a lot of the ball of late. The next goal will be crucial.


Now, then. West Ham nick one back and have we got a game on our hands again? It’s been goals galore the last ten minutes and just when it looked like Liverpool were running away with this, the Hammers manage one of their own.

Michail Antonio had only come on and just moments after his introduction tucked a neat low finish into Karius’ far corner to make it 3-1. Will it just be a consolation or have David Moyes’ side found a way back into this?


Roberto Firmino with his 10th goal in his last 14 appearances and it looks like job done at Anfield. Shots had been reigning down on Adrian’s goal ever since Salah doubled his side’s lead.

The Brazilian finds himself one-vs-one with the West Ham goalkeeper, takes it around him and slots the ball into an empty net. Utterly ruthless.


Mohamed Salah scores his 18th goal in his last 17 games. He starts and finishes the move, laying the ball off during a lightening counter-attack before collecting it again just inside the box from Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Egyptian winger takes one touch to evade his marker, and a second to sweep the ball into Adrian’s far corner. A smart finish from a player who simply can’t stop scoring of late.


This game is not done just yet. West Ham showed more than enough inside the first 45 minutes to be able to get themselves back into this game. Marko Arnautovic has been a constant threat and if Liverpool don’t manage to double their lead, they could find themselves back level pegging.


Second-half: We’re back underway at Anfield!


A foul from behind from James Collins sees the 34-year-old centre back receive a yellow card. He isn’t one bit happy and has some words for Stuart Attwell. The referee gives the defender a warning for his troubles — that yellow could easily become a red seems to be the gist of it. But one booking is all it is.


Liverpool really asking questions of West Ham now and really the game has been entirely one-sided since Can’s opener. Were Liverpool to bag a second it could prove a long afternoon for David Moyes. Can they make it to half-time and arrange a Plan B to snatch a point?


Liverpool come close to doubling their lead. Andy Robertson with a pinpoint cross aimed towards the back post. Mohamed Salah was his target but he can’t keep it down and the chance floats over.


Liverpool take the lead! After a period which saw West Ham force a few decent chances at the other end, Emre Can nods home a routine corner towards the back post.

The marking was lax but the Germany international did well to carve out a pocket of space and pick an empty part of Adrian’s goal with a fine header.


A small scare for Liverpool there as an Aaron Cresswell free-kick curled into the box fell kindly to Manuel Lanzini. He just couldn’t keep his volley down and the effort was easy for Karius to collect at his near post.


Bodies flying left and right as West Ham fail to clear in successive attempts. The ball falls on the edge of the box to James Milner, with Mark Noble coming out with the ball following a thundering sliding challenge.

A cross is directed into the box, but the header is limp and the move peters out.



Close for West Ham! Marko Arnautovic produces a fantastic effort which causes Karius to back-peddle at speed.

The shot had power — but dip too — and it crashed off the crossbar narrowly close to dropping over the goalkeeper’s head. Karius’ touch was crucial there and a fine save it was. Out of no-where the Hammers almost snatch the lead.


87% possession in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s side so far will tell you almost everything about this game approaching the ten minute mark. Liverpool are camped inside their opponents half and I’m not sure if Loris Karius has even had a touch of the ball yet.


A very lively start from Liverpool as the sun beams down onto the pitch at Anfield. That front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino are buzzing around with intent and menace in these early stages and easily evading their markers along the West Ham backline.


Close! Mohamed Salah so very nearly grabs an opening goal inside just three minutes — he cuts inside and smashes a powerful, low effort which beats Adrian but comes back out off the bottom of the post. As smashing strike.

So, how do we see this one going then?

Liverpool could temporarily go second in the Premier League with three points this afternoon, while West Ham aim to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since December 2016.

As alluded to, ex-Everton boss David Moyes has never won at Anfield. Facing into an attack of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino could extend that winless run this afternoon.

Salah has scored an incredible 17 goals in his last 16 games and could become the first Liverpool player to score in six successive games since Daniel Sturridge four years ago if he finds the net today.

As the old cliche goes — it’s all to play for.

David Moyes doesn’t have the best of records at Anfield. Will that change today?

A Bobby Moore t-shirt has been laid out on every seat in the away section at Anfield this afternoon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the former Hammers and England captain’s passing.

Liverpool v West Ham United - Premier League - Anfield Source: Peter Byrne

For Liverpool, boss Jurgen Klopp has made three changes by bringing in Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings both out with illness.

The big news sees former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra make his West Ham debut today.

Since leaving Old Trafford the French defender has taken in stays at Juventus and Marseille — winning two Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a short stint in Ligue 1, with this afternoon representing his first appearance in the Premier League in almost four years.

Ireland international Declan Rice is on the bench for the Hammers — the 19-year-old has played over 600 minutes in the Premier League so far this season and impressed greatly along the way.

So, today’s teams are:

Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Can, Oxalde-Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Firminho.

Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Moreno, Lallana, Solanke.

West Ham: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Evra; Noble, Kouyate, Mario; Lanzini, Arnautovic.

Subs: Hart, Byram, Reid, Rice, Antonio, Chicharito, Hugill.

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