West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Salah at the double to see off Hammers

Jarrod Bowen (WHU) prepares to take a corner at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

Mohamed Salah scored for the first time in seven Premier League games with a brilliant double to help Liverpool move up to third in the table – and provide a reality check for us West Ham fans.

A trademark quick shift and curling finish from the Egypt striker was reward for a bright start to the second half from the Reds after Jurgen Klopp’s side had failed to add a cutting edge to their first-half possession.

Salah capped a scintillating Liverpool counter-attack to double his side’s lead 11 minutes later, instantly controlling Xherdan Shaqiri’s looping pass over the top before prodding past Lukasz Fabianski.

Firmino came off the bench to set up Georginio Wijnaldum for a slick Liverpool third before Craig Dawson steered home a corner to hand us a consolation.

“It was tight. We found it hard against Liverpool. We were better in the first half but didn’t show enough composure at times against a really good side. We have been in good form. We came into the game with a lot of confidence. This is the difference, at this level it shows. We’re trying to catch a few teams up, not Liverpool, that’s for sure. The players have been excellent. Even today, it’s a lesson for them – the levels we have to get to. We didn’t do the things we usually do well today.”

West Ham manager David Moyes

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