West Ham 3-2 Liverpool: Hammers stun top-four rivals to move into third

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This was West Ham's first victory against Liverpool since 2015-16, when they won the league double.

Liverpool was stunned when West Ham won a massive victory over Liverpool that placed them third in the Premier League. This defeat also dented the Reds' hopes of winning the title.

Liverpool came into this match looking to establish a club record of 26 league games unbeaten and to win to move up to second place, within one point of leaders Chelsea.

They fell behind when Alisson, under pressure by Angelo Ogbonna flapped at Pablo Fornals’ corner and only succeeded in helping the ball into his goal.

The sides were able to remain at 10 men for the second half. Ogbonna was then caught by Aaron Cresswell, who caught Jordan Henderson with a tough challenge. Ogbonna was then hit in the face with a Diogo Jota elbow. West Ham's defender had to be replaced.

Liverpool came level just four minutes before the half-time break when a moment of excellence occurred, as Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular strike after playing a quick free-kick for Mohamed Salah.

After the break, Craig Dawson scored a header in a corner for West Ham. Lukasz Fabianski amazingly stopped Sadio Mane from scoring from close range.

West Ham took the lead in the second period when Fornals scored and Alisson couldn't stop his low shot.

The London Stadium burst into a deafening roar when that goal was achieved. Kurt Zouma stepped in a corner minutes later.

Divock Origi snatched a second on the turn to give Liverpool hope, but West Ham held firm to win the three points.

The Hammers are currently third on 23 points, equal with Manchester City in second and three points behind leaders Chelsea. Liverpool drop to fourth with 22 points.

Reds are hurt by defensive slip-ups

Trent Alexander-Arnold's goal was brilliant and brought Liverpool level with West Ham.

Liverpool fans have had mixed emotions this week, with the high of a 2-0 victory against Atletico Madrid, which secured progress to the Champions League knockout stage in midweek, sandwiched between two disappointing Premier League results.

Reds lost a 2-0 lead and drew 2-2 at Brighton last Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side had the opportunity to quickly regain their title challenge with West Ham.

They came into the match with a long unbeaten league streak and a free-scoring record away home. Prior to their trip to West Ham, they had scored at least three goals in five of their away Premier League games.

It was a bizarre game. They could have easily maintained their record with two goals of quality. Mane should have scored a third goal in the final seconds with a header that went wide.

They were however disappointing defensively. Although there was some doubt about how much Alisson was hindered by West Ham's opener, the Brazil goalkeeper could have done better with West Ham’s second. However, he allowed Fornals to score.

This led to a period when West Ham broke their lines on several occasions, while Liverpool struggled with the hosts' excellent counterattacking.

Although it was disappointing for the Reds, they will accept that they were defeated by legitimate rivals for the top 4.

West Ham is a genuine contender at home and abroad

David Moyes's remarkable work since his return to West Ham in 2002 has transformed them from relegation contenders to a side with aspirations to play Champions League football.

This was undoubtedly one of the most striking results of his tenure as Manchester United's former boss.

They displayed once again the qualities they are renowned for under the Scot: a disciplined defense coupled with an attack on the counter that is devastatingly fast and precise.

West Ham has been a formidable opponent in Liverpool in recent years. They won eight of their 10 matches and lost two, but the Reds rarely looked like they would extend that unbeaten streak in this match.

Moyes' team now has four league victories in a row. With the Hammers in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals and the knockout stages of the Europa League, fans can only dream of even more magic moments this season.

Player of the match Zouma Zouma, with an average 7.97 West Ham West Ham United West Ham United

Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool West Ham United Avg Squad number 4 Player name Zouma Average rating 7.97 Squad number 20 Player name Bowen Average rating 7.95 Squad number 8 Player name Fornals Average rating 7.95 Squad number 9 Player name Antonio Average rating 7.95 Squad number 41 Player name Rice Average rating 7.89 Squad number 15 Player name Dawson Average rating 7.71 Squad number 22 Player name Benrahma Average rating 7.68 Squad number 3 Player name Cresswell Average rating 7.68 Squad number 31 Player name Johnson Average rating 7.65 Squad number 28 Player name Soucek Average rating 7.55 Squad number 5 Player name Coufal Average rating 7.43 Squad number 21 Player name Ogbonna Average rating 7.35 Squad number 1 Player name Fabianski Average rating 7.32 Squad number 26 Player name Masuaku Average rating 7.27 Liverpool Avg Squad number 66 Player name Alexander-Arnold Average rating 5.62 Squad number 27 Player name Origi Average rating 5.52 Squad number 11 Player name Mohamed Salah Average rating 5.21 Squad number 4 Player name van Dijk Average rating 5.18 Squad number 14 Player name Henderson Average rating 5.08 Squad number 3 Player name Fabinho Average rating 4.92 Squad number 20 Player name Diogo Jota Average rating 4.92 Squad number 10 Player name Man Average rating 4.87 Squad number 26 Player name Robertson Average rating 4.75 Squad number 32 Player name Matip Average rating 4.72 Squad number 15 Player name Oxlade-Chamberlain Average rating 4.68 Squad number 18 Player name Minamino Average rating 4.15 Squad number 1 Player name Alisson Average rating 3.90 Squad number 6 Player name Thiago Alcntara Average rating 3.78


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups West Ham Formation 4-2-3-1 1 Fabianski 31 Johnson 4 Zouma 21 Ogbonna 3 Cresswell 28 Soucek 41 Rice 20 Bowen 8 Fornals 22 Benrahma 9 Antonio 1 Fabianski

31 Johnson

4 Zouma

21 Ogbonna substituted for Dawson at 22'minutes

3 Cresswell

Booked 28 Soucek at 45mins

41 Rice

20 Bowen Substituted for Coufal at 84' minutes

8 Fornals

22 Benrahma substituted for Masuaku in 86' minutes

9 Antonio Substitutes 5 Coufal

10 Lanzini

13 Areola

15 Dawson

16 Noble

23 Diop

24 Fredericks

26 Masuaku

33 Krl Liverpool Formation 4-3-3 1 Alisson 66 Alexander-Arnold 32 Matip 4 van Dijk 26 Robertson 14 Henderson 3 Fabinho 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain 11 Salah 20 Jota 10 Man 1 Alisson

Alexander-Arnold Booked in 55 Minutes

32 Matip

4 van Dijk

26 Robertson

14 Henderson

3 Fabinho Substituted at 80' for Minamino

15 Oxlade-Chamberlain substituted for Thiago alcntara at the 69' minute

11 Salah

20 Jota substituted for Origi at the 76' minute

10 Man Substitutes 5 Konat

6 Thiago Alcntara

18 Minamino

21 Tsimikas

27 Origi

47 Phillips

62 Kelleher

76 N Williams

Referee for 80 Morton: Craig Pawson. Match Stats Live text Post update. Match ends, West Ham United 3. Liverpool 2. Full Time Second half ends, West Ham United 3, Liverpool Post update. Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Liverpool), header from the middle of the box is saved in central goal Trent Alexander-Arnold assisted with a cross. Post update Foul by Takumi Mimino (Liverpool). Post update Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update Dangerous play by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). Post update Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United, wins a free kick at the defensive half. Post update Attempt missed. Header by Sadio Man (Liverpool), from very close range, misses to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold assisted. Post update Takumi Minimino (Liverpool), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Post update Foul by Tomas Soucek, West Ham United Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Sad Benrahma is replaced by Arthur Masuaku. Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Vladimir Coufal replaces Jarrod Bowen. Goal! Goal! Goal! Divock Origi (Liverpool), left footed shot, from the middle of the box to bottom right corner. Trent Alexander-Arnold assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Thiago (Liverpool), right footed shot from right side box to save the goal in the middle. Mohamed Salah assisted. Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Takumi Minamino replaces Fabinho. Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Diogo Jota. Goal! Goal! West Ham United 3, Liverpool 1. Kurt Zouma (West Ham United), header from the left side the six yard box to centre of goal. Jarrod Bowen assisted with a cross after a corner. Post-update Corner, West Ham United. Conceded to by Virgil van Dijk. Post-update: Attempt blocked Blocking of Michail Antonio's right-footed shot from West Ham United's right side box. Pablo Fornals assisted. Post update Offside, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals gets caught offside after Michail Antonio attempts a through ball. Page 1 of 4 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward