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King of Egypt: Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for the sixth straight game in Liverpool beat West Ham 4-1
Jurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield on Saturday. Klopp’s men moved up into the Premier League by edging a point ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United, who host fourth-place Chelsea on Sunday, as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.
“I do not think that you can expect a game like that, it was a joy to watch,” said Klopp. “It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. Salah also drew level with Harry Kane on Premier League goals in an outstanding debut season at Liverpool in the battle for the golden boot. How to get the best of the world How to get the best of the world How do you do it? Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead when he stepped into the corner after Alex’s breakthrough with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball. Moments later it was Firmino who beat West Ham goalkeeper to Adrian to Can’s pass before slotting into an empty net. Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool’s prolific front 3 Andrew Robertson’s cross 13 minutes from time. “West Ham boss David Moyes said,” We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we could not keep their front players quiet. “Ultimately we are playing against a team in real form.” – More West Brom woe – At the other end of the table, promoted Huddersfield and Brighton moved clear of the bottom three. West Brom are now seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table at Huddersfield scored twice in eight minutes at the start of the second period by Rajiv van La Parra and Steve Mounie at 2-1 win at the Hawthorns. Brighton moved up to 12th thanks to Glenn Murray’s double and late goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia to end Swansea’s 10-match unbeaten run in a 4-1 thrashing that drops the Welsh side back into the relegation zone. Dwight Gayle also scored twice, but Newcastle failed to get back to their impressive win over Manchester United as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth. Adam Smith and Dan Gosling struck for the hosts in the final 10 minutes. Southampton also salvaged a late point on the edge of the drop zone on goal difference. Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench in order to win a 1-1 draw at Burnley, which he continued to win. Earlier, Stoke boss Paul Lambert hailed Jack Butland as the “best goalkeeper in Britain” despite an own goal from the England international costing his side of luck to move out of the bottom three in a 1-1 draw at Leicester. The visitors, who remain 19th, led through Shaqiri’s Xherdan’s long-range strike until Marc Albrighton’s butland fumbled 20 minutes from time. Watford moved into the top half of the table as captain Troy Deeney’s strike 11 minutes from time to low-level encounter 1-0 over Everton.
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