As it happened at Anfield: LFC 3-2 West Ham

Premier League
Monday 24 February 2020 - 8:00 pm
Anfield
Liverpool3
2West Ham
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⚽️ Wijnaldum9'
12'⚽️ Diop
48'↔️ Soucek off, Fornals on
52' Rice
54'⚽️ Fornals
Keïta off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on ↔️57'
65'↔️ Felipe Anderson off, Haller on
66' Diop
⚽️ Salah68'
80' Noble
⚽️ Mane81'
Mane off, Matip on ↔️90'
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Liverpool's senior players return to Anfield for the first time in over three weeks, as they aim to continue their excellent Premier League record.

The reds require five victories from their remaining 12 games to land their first English title for almost 30 years.

In fact, a win tonight would move the reds onto 79 points - the same number of points that the last title winning reds team managed in 1989/90.

Jordan Henderson is the only significant injury for tonight's game.  His hamstring injury, collected against Atletico Madrid, rules him out for the next five or so games.

The reds faced West Ham less than a month ago at the London Stadium.  That game had been rearranged from when the reds were in Qatar at the Club World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to replicate the result on that night - goals from Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain securing a 2-0 win.

As it happened...

18:42 UK
West Ham in some trouble

West Ham could do with some kind of result to try and take the relegation pressure off them.  They start tonight's game in 18th position in the table.

A point would be enough to get them out of the bottom three on goal difference but the gap to Newcastle in 14th is now 7 points, suggesting that David Moyes is going to face an intense final 12 games of the season.

18:52 UK
Reds to respond after Atletico defeat?

Liverpool's full backs and Sadio Mane had a difficult night away at Atletico Madrid last week.

The reds failed to get a shot on target in the narrow 1-0 defeat, and Sadio Mane was taken off at half time - Jurgen Klopp concerned the Atletico players were trying to get him sent off.

Will there be a better night ahead for these three?

 

18:53 UK

Team news in the next ten minutes or so. 

What will the Henderson-less midfield look like?

19:02 UK
Confirmed LFC team - van Dijk captains

Virgil van Dijk captains the reds tonight as Milner is unavailable due to a minor muscle strain.

Naby Keita comes in to replace Jordan Henderson.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip.

19:10 UK
West Ham tonight

Felipe Anderson returns for the Hammers.  He's been out since January with a back injury.

19:51 UK
League stats pre-match

Liverpool will be looking to improve this already incredible record. 

Kick off ten minutes away.

19:56 UK
Teams out...

West Ham fans release hundreds of black balloons.

Don't think they're particularly happy with the owners of their club.

20:01 UK
KICK OFF

After a period of applause for former Liverpool player, Brian Jackson, who died 10 days ago we get the game underway.

Come on redmen!

20:05 UK

4' Confident start from the reds, who have quickly settled into a period of possession.

20:10 UK
GOAL!!!

9' The reds are on their way.

The ball bounces around in the box before Trent Alexander-Arnold whips it in for Gini Wijnaldum to head in.

1-0.

20:13 UK
Goal

12' Not in the script. 

West Ham have two corners and on the second they score.

Snodgrass whips it into the near post, and Diop heads in just beating Gomez to the header.

20:16 UK
Chance

16' Salah curls a shot with his left foot - tipped over by Fabianski.

20:33 UK

30' Trent running in from the corner of the area and he hits one but it goes wide of the goal.

20:35 UK

35' Dangerous cross from Alexander-Arnold from a free kick - sweeps all the way through the Hammers defence, but Salah can't get on the end of it.

20:40 UK

39' Trent Alexander-Arnold drills another free kick and it takes a deflection off an arm and out for a corner.

From the corner TAA whips it in and van Dijk's header smashes against the bar.

20:41 UK

41' Snodgrass tries the front post corner again, but this time Liverpool clear it.

20:48 UK
HALF TIME

Liverpool 1-1 West Ham

The reds started very brightly and took the lead from a cross by Trent, headed in by Wijnaldum in the 9th minute.

But a couple of minutes later Diop equalised with a header from a corner.  Beat Alisson at the foot of the near post.

Spirited away performance, but Liverpool have created a majority of chances so far.

21:02 UK
Second half underway

Liverpool kick off - towards the Kop in this half.

21:03 UK
Chance

46' Trent Alexander-Arnold steams through again - feeds Firmino who skies that over the bar.

11 months without an Anfield goal for Bobby

21:06 UK
West Ham sub

48' On loan Soucek didn't look right at the end of the first half and he's not lasted long in the second half.

Replaced by Pablo Fornals.

21:09 UK

52' Declan Rice collects a yellow card.

21:13 UK
Goal

Well well well.

54' Declan Rice swings the ball into the box, Fornals is unmarked by the penalty spot and puts it past Alisson Becker.

Liverpool are behind at Anfield!

21:14 UK
LFC Sub

57' Naby Keita heads off - on comes Oxlade-Chamberlain.

21:20 UK
Chance

62' Firmino heads over from a Trent cross.

Not good.

21:22 UK
West Ham Sub

65' Sebastian Haller replaces Felipe Anderson.

21:24 UK

66' Diop shown a yellow card for a foul on a Liverpool breakaway.

21:26 UK
GOAL!

69' Robertson crosses it, Salah shoots from the edge of the area and it goes through Fabianski's legs.

21:33 UK

75' Not quite sure how the reds haven't scored more than the two they have.

Claim for a penalty there after another West Ham arm but VAR turns down that one.

21:37 UK

80' Mark Noble booked.  Stopping another Liverpool attack dead in its tracks.

21:39 UK
GOAL!!!

81' GOAL!!!!!!!

Liverpool slice apart West Ham, Trent flicks it over and Mane has an open goal to fire in.

Liverpool are back in the lead.

21:44 UK
GOAL - offside

86' Alexander-Arnold with an almost identical assist for Sadio Mane.

But he's about a foot offside and it's ruled out.

21:49 UK
LFC Sub

90+1' Mane replaced by Matip.

21:49 UK

There's 5 minutes of injury time.  We've had two.

21:52 UK

90+5' West Ham free kick...

21:53 UK

... and now a corner.

21:54 UK
FULL TIME

And the corner is cleared.

And it's all over.

Liverpool 3-2 West Ham

The reds move on to 79 points. 

An 18th consecutive win to match the record held by Man City.  21 consecutive home victories in the league.

21:56 UK

22:23 UK
Astonishing record

Over the last 38 games, Liverpool have collected a mindblowing 110 points from 114.

36 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats.

Unlikely to ever be bettered, although Liverpool have a good chance of doing it!

22:35 UK

Klopp:

"I liked a lot how we started. We scored a wonderful first goal. But then we weren't good in second ball situations. We have to pick them up much more often. We struggled in this situation and that gave West Ham a good feeling.

"They could win the second ball from the goal-kicks and for us that was difficult. We lost a little bit of patience in the first half in the things we did. Offensively, you could see this a little bit.

"They scored the second goal and I have to watch back how that happened. Then we were forced to stay calm and do the right stuff.

"All the goals we scored were strange. The best goal we scored didn't count because Sadio [Mane] was offside. You have to squeeze it and that's what we did tonight to get the three points and it is so special."

22:37 UK
Klopp: Equaliser rocked the stadium

Klopp spoke about equalling Man City's record of 18 straight wins.

"I never thought it would be broken or equalled. We did it and I cannot believe it happened to be honest.

I like a lot tonight that everything positive helps.

When we equalised the stadium was rocking and that helps us. Whatever will happen this season is an effort of all of us.

I could not be more thankful or appreciate the support we get. So far so good."



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