Liverpool v West Ham – story of the match
The Reds took advantage of being the only top-six side in action on Saturday with a comfortable victory.
Liverpool took their goal tally for the season to 103 as they moved into second place in the Premier League with a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham.
Mohamed Salah, with his 31st of the season, again got on the scoresheet while Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also struck.
West Ham hit the bar through Marko Arnautovic in the early stages but were outplayed and managed just a consolation through substitute Michail Antonio.
Tweet of the match
20 - Mo Salah has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the Premier League this season, the most by a player in a single season in the competition's history. Phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/M6ybeBTWFF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018
Star man – Emre Can
The hosts’ front three were again all on target but Can also impressed behind them in central midfield. His six club goals are the most the 24-year-old has managed in a single season, while he brilliantly spotted Firmino for Liverpool’s third.
Stat of the match
🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 24, 2018
Emre with our 100th goal of season. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/z6nqeghJma
Can’s first-half header was the 100th goal scored by Liverpool in their 40th game all competitions this term. In bringing up the ton, they matched a feat Manchester City achieved last month in two fewer fixtures.
Salah’s sensational season
Another landmark was reached at Anfield, this one a personal one, as Salah notched his 31st goal in his debut season with Liverpool. That haul has equalled Luis Suarez’s tally from his sensational 2013-14 season, his final one on Merseyside, when the Reds nearly ended their long wait for a domestic title.
Liverpool: Loris Karius 7, Andrew Robertson 7, Virgil van Dijk 6, Joel Matip 6, Trent Alexander-Arnold 6, James Milner 6, Emre Can 8, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8, Sadio Mane 7, Roberto Firmino 8, Mohamed Salah 8. Substitutes: Adam Lallana (on for Firmino, 82) 6, Dominic Solanke (on for Salah, 87) 6, Alberto Moreno (on for Mane, 87) 6.
West Ham: Adrian 7, Pablo Zabaleta 5, James Collins 5, Angelo Ogbonna 6, Aaron Cresswell 5, Patrice Evra 5, Cheikhou Kouyate 6, Mark Noble 7, Manuel Lanzini 6, Joao Mario 5, Marko Arnautovic 6. Substitutes: Michail Antonio (on for Lanzini, 58) 7, Javier Hernandez (on for Arnautovic, 83) 6, Declan Rice (on for Joao Mario, 83) 6.
Who’s up next?
Liverpool v Newcastle (Premier League, March 3)
Swansea v West Ham (Premier League, March 3)