Monday 23 April 2018

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.

Mohamed Salah celebrates his 31st Liverpool goal of the season
Mohamed Salah celebrates his 31st Liverpool goal of the season

By Liam Blackburn, Press Association Sport

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.

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Tweet of the match

Star man – Emre Can

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Emre Can set Liverpool on their way with a first-half header (Peter Byrne/PA)

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

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

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Mohamed Salah rifles home with his left foot (Peter Byrne/PA)

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.

Player ratings

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)

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