Liverpool turned on the heat in the second half to complete a 3-1 win against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum helped the defending Premier League champions emerge victorious against a tough opponent in West Ham, a side who have been in good form all throughout the season so far.
After a fairly uneventful opening 45 minutes, Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock for Liverpool in the 57th minute when he curled an attempt into the far corner of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.
The Egyptian doubled Liverpool’s advantage 10 minutes later by applying the finishing touches to a brilliantly executed passing move, as part of a lightning-quick counter-attacking manoeuvre.
Georginio Wijnaldum made it three for Liverpool in the 84th minute before central defender Craig Dawson pulled one back for the Hammers: a goal which proved to be mere consolation on the night.
Liverpool were the dominant side by and large throughout the encounter, having had the lion’s share of possession away from home with a tally of 67.2%, as well as a much larger amount of attempts, chances and big chances created.
The three points move Liverpool into third place, just a point behind Manchester United and four behind leaders Manchester City who have a game in hand.
Jürgen Klopp’s side faces Brighton next as they look to make it three wins in a row, while West Ham remains fifth on the table.
David Moyes’ side will hope to get back to winning ways when they face Aston Villa in what promises to be a tough contest midweek.
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Trent > Shaq > Mo. Incredible goal. pic.twitter.com/HZUyHTuKXS— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) January 31, 2021
Post-match embrace between Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool players
Jurgen Klopp embraces his Liverpool players at full-time 🔴 pic.twitter.com/LYzMtNqK0L— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 31, 2021
Post-match interview: Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp explains James Milner incident