West Ham 0-2 Liverpool: Routine win for Reds to put them 19 points clear at top

Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second-half effort delivered a 23rd victory in 24 matches for Liverpool as they comfortably beat us at London Stadium

While the result tightened Liverpool’s hold on this season’s title, it intensified the pressure on us at the bottom. We now sit 17th in the table, just above Bournemouth and Watford on goal difference.

We started in a determined fashion and limited Liverpool to a few chances until Issa Diop’s foul on Divock Origi allowed Salah to put the visitors ahead from a penalty and their first shot on target.

And while Manuel Lanzini’s scuffed close-range shot and Robert Snodgrass’ hurried effort represented good opportunities for us, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal ensured a comfortable conclusion to the evening for Klopp’s side, who could have scored again when Salah hit the post from 18 yards.

“They’re as good as there’s been around. It’s very difficult when you’ve been manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that but Liverpool are an excellent side.”

David Moyes

For just over 30 minutes at least, we gave manager Moyes hope that he could improve on his miserable record against Liverpool. While we fulfilled its first brief, to largely stifle their seemingly unstoppable opponents by remaining compact and deep, we honestly offered little beyond that and looked vulnerable whenever they attacked.

And we were eventually punished when Diop was caught slightly out of position to bring down Origi. From that moment it seemed unlikely Moyes would avoid a 17th top-flight defeat to the Reds – with the Scot having now won just three times in 28 attempts.

Despite Moyes’ generally concerned demeanour, there were bright spots for us with 19-year-old Jeremy Ngakia catching the eye on his debut for the club and showed that their is life beyond veteran full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

The academy product settled after displaying early nerves and played a superb pass for Lanzini to run on to during the first half as he grew into the occasion.

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