Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the goals as Liverpool moved 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at West Ham.
The Reds completed the full set of top-flight scalps – they have now beaten every team in the division this season – even though Jurgen Klopp’s side were nowhere near their best at London Stadium on Wednesday.
While they dominated possession and frustrated their hosts for long periods, the Reds still allowed Manuel Lanzini chances in either half that a forward with more confidence may well have taken.
Still, all the swagger came from Liverpool, who took the lead when Salah lashed home a penalty in the 35th minute. They then put paid to West Ham’s hopes of a second-half recovery when Oxlade-Chamberlain netted in a one-on-one situation with Lukasz Fabianski.
Manuel Lanzini fired wide with only Alisson to beat after 14 minutes and, though an offside flag was raised against the Argentina international, Liverpool looked momentarily rattled.
The visitors only began to threaten when Andrew Robertson beat Fabianski with a delicate chip, but his effort lacked accuracy and the hosts, working hard to stay on terms, cleared their lines.
However, West Ham’s game plan faltered when Issa Diop was judged to have fouled Divock Origi in the six-yard box and Salah rammed the ensuing penalty into the net, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Lanzini fluffed another golden chance to score early in the second half and his miss paved the way for Liverpool to double their lead. On a counter-attack from a West Ham corner, Salah’s pass with the outside of his left boot put Oxlade-Chamberlain through on goal and the midfielder applied a cool low finish to beat Fabianski.
Declan Rice powered through the Liverpool defence and stung Alisson’s palms with a fierce drive before Trent Alexander-Arnold inadvertently hit his own post from the rebound.
Salah shook the frame of the West Ham goal at the other end with a sweetly struck first-time shot in the closing stages but two goals were more than enough for Liverpool to continue their title charge.
Mohamed Salah looks focused (he best be, he’s my triple captain)
A night to remember for teenager Jeremy Ngakia! He’s only making his league debut against the league leaders!
Jeremy Ngakia’s story 🙌
Jordan Henderson has been unrelenting in recent weeks! Another start for the Liverpool captain!
Roberto Firmino looks chirpy as he wanders into the London Stadium!
Now for Liverpool! As expected, Origi comes in for the injured Sadio Mane!
⭐️ TEAM NEWS ⭐️
Our line-up to face @WestHam 👊
Team news! Some very good news for West Ham fans! Fabianski is back!
Fabianski returns and Ngakia makes his debut 👊
No Sadio Mane tonight! Can Roberto Firmino step up tonight?
Bobby loves an away day goal 🤩⚽️ pic.twitter.com/5r2r1Xwlfz
West Ham might be struggling, but they’ve moved quickly to get in a midfielder! Tomas Soucek has signed on, and he looks thrilled to be with the hammers!
Liverpool has arrived in East London! Confidence will be high in the camp!
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