Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League after a complete performance saw them thrash West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield. Goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane helped the Reds to a convincing win, with Michail Antonio scoring a consolation for the Hammers.
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After a 10-day break, Jurgen Klopp made three changes to Tue side that defeated Porto 5-0 in the Champions League, but the Reds were made to wait until the half-hour mark for a breakthrough, which came courtesy Can’s header off a Salah corner.
From then on, it became a one sided affair, as the hosts dominated the game, and doubled their advantage after the break through their magical Egyptian, Salah.
Klopp’s side created countless chances, but were really wasteful, before Firmino and Mane ensured an easy win at the end when they added two further goals to make it 4-0.
Mo Salah has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the #PL this season
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 24, 2018
But, Antonio ensured there won’t be a clean sheet for their hosts, when he pulled one back for David Moyes’ side, giving the travelling fans something to cheer about.
The win means Liverpool leapfrog Manchester United into second, at least for now, pending the outcome of the game between the Red Devils and champions, Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the league, Brighton and Hove Albion halted the progress Swansea City have made under new manager, Carlos Carvalhal after a 4-1 defeat of the Swans at the American Express Stadium.
Goals from Glenn Murray, who scored a brace, including a penalty, Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Lucadia handed Chris Hughton’s side very valuable three points.
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— Jürgen Locadia (@locadiaofficial) February 24, 2018
For Swansea, a disappointing day saw them lose for the first time since January, when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham.
At the Liberty stadium, Bournemouth came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United, while a Jack Butland own goal rescued a point for Leicester City at home against Stoke City.
Full PL Results
Leicester 1-1 Stoke City
B’mouth 2-2 Newcastle
Brighton 4-1 Swansea
Burnley 1-1 Soton
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
WBA 1-2 Huddersfield
Watford 1-0 Everton