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Liverpool 4-1 West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 24th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham were thrashed 4-1 at Liverpool on the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore's passing.

The great man would almost certainly weep for what has become of his beloved Hammers this season as they conceded four and were saved by the post twice, as a rampant Liverpool side eased to victory.

In a week when Portuguese international defender Jose Fonte was allowed to move to the Chinese Super League, West Ham's creaking and ageing defence were easily put to the sword by a Champions League-chasing Reds.

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However the first half was a fairly even affair, with Liverpool being forced to wait until both sides had hit the woodwork before opening the scoring on the half hour mark when Emre Can nodding home a corner with James Milner looking suspiciously offside (whilst also impending Adrian).

West Ham, who had created several decent chances during the opening 45 minutes were distinctly second best after the break, though and it took just five minutes of the second period for the hosts to double their lead through Salah, netting his 31st goal of the campaign.

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Firmino made it 3-0 on 57 minutes as he took advantage of Adrian's rush of blood to the head that left him rpone, outside the box whilst the Brazilian international rolled the ball into an empty net to give Liverpool an unassailable advantage.

And although Michail Antonio reduced the deficit to 3-1 shortly after replacing Manuel Lanzini, rolling the ball expertly beyond an advancing Loris Karius (who'd produced a fantastic save before the break to deny Arnautovic) from close range, it was a case of too little, too late for David Moyes side.

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The final blow was delivered 13 minutes from the end of normal time when Sadio Mane, who'd been denied by the woodwork moments earlier (when it seemed easier to score) walked through a static Hammers defence to make the final score 4-1 - the third successive match in which West Ham have conceded four against Liverpool.

The defeat results in West Ham dropping to 13th in the Premier League having been leapfrogged by Brighton & Hove Albion and leaves them just THREE points above the relegation zone once again.

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Evra, Noble, Kouyate, Mario (Rice 83), Lanzini (Antonio 57), Arnautovic (Hernandez 83).

Subs not used: Hart, Byram., Reid, Hugill.

Goals: Antonio (59).

Booked: Collins (43), Kouyate (47).

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Can, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane (Moreno 87), Salah (Solanke 87), Firmino (Lallana 82).

Subs not used: Mignolet, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson

Goals: Can (29), Salah (51), Firmino (56), Mane (77).

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Attendance: 53,256.

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