Mane’s late minute goal helped Reds beat Hammers 3-2
Liverpool vs West Ham United‘s Premier League clash ended in defeat for the Hammers. Goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum handed maximum points to the Reds.
As Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals’ strikes ended up a mere consolation for the visitors at the end of the meeting Liverpool restored their 22points gap over Manchester City on the Premier League table following their hard-earned victory over West Ham United at Anfield on Monday night.
The victory also meant that the Reds are unbeaten in the EPL so far this campaign having won 26 of their last 27 matches while the last ended in a draw. Georginio Wijnaldum opened scoring for the hosts with a sleeky header just nine minutes into the encounter.
The Dutchman was in the right place to connect with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb cross from the right flank.
Coach David Moyes’ led side gave a quick response with Issa Diop restoring parity just three minutes after conceding their first earlier in the meeting. The 23-year-old Frenchman scored from a precise corner kick from Robert Snodgrass in the 12th minute with the host hoping to get at least a point in the game. With both sides sharing the spoils at the end of the first half, both teams resumed hostilities for the remainder of the fixture and it was the visitors who got their strong foot forward.
Pablo Fornals handed West Ham the lead for the first time in the game through a clinical close-range strike in the 54th minute with Declan Rice assisting his side’s second goal. The away team managed to stay ahead in the game about 15 minutes before Mohamed Salah found the back of the net in the 68th minute.
Andy Robertson ran down the left flank and deleted one West Ham’s defenders before square-playing the ball to the Egyptian goal king who beautifully struck the ball into the back of the net. However, just when Moyes’ men thought the match would end in a draw, reigning African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane put the icing on the cake for his side. The Senegalese forward handed the Reds a crucial victory with Alexander-Arnold completing his brace of assists.