Liverpool travelled down to London Stadium and produced demonstration in how to play counter attacking football as they thrashed struggling West Ham 1-4 at London Stadium as they moved up to 5th on goal difference in the Premier League.
Two goals inside five first half minutes saw the visitors develop a commanding 2-0 goal lead that they never looked like losing. Mohamed Salah continued his excellent form of late, to open the scoring in the 21st minute after West Ham had been caught short of numbers by one of Liverpool’s lightening counter attacks. Minutes later Joel Matip doubled the lead from a corner, which again was the result of another quick-fire counter attack.
West Ham thought they were back in the game when Manuel Lanzini pulled a goal back for the home team, but their joy was very short lived as within a minute of the restart Liverpool were back on the attack and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his first for the club to restore their two-goal advantage.
With Liverpool now scoring 3 goals in their past 2 fixtures, they wanted to go one better this time and when Egyptian International Salah found himself in space in the 75th minute, he coolly drove the ball into the far corner, beating Joe Hart in the West Ham goal for his second of the game and his 6th in his last 5 appearances for the club as he looks to repay the £34m Liverpool paid for him during his summer move from Roma.
On another positive note for the Red’s Sadio Mane returned from injury and lasted 77 minutes before being replaced and although he didn’t get on the score sheet he was directly involved in two of the 4 goals scored.
With another International break scheduled for this weekend Liverpool’s next game is at home to Southampton on the 18th Nov while West Ham have the short trip to Watford the following day.