Liverpool 3-2 West Ham: Mane scores winner as Reds forced to come from behind
Liverpool survived a night of struggle to defeat West Ham United as keeper Lukasz Fabianski suffered an Anfield nightmare, and near within four wins of their Premier League name.
Victory means Liverpool equivalent the English league list of 18 successive wins, set by Manchester City in August to December 2017, together with Jurgen Klopp falling points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in October.
The Hammers – whose fans staged protests against the owners of the club during – threatened to inflict the first league defeat of Liverpool this term when they headed midway through the second half.
If Fabianski failed to take care of a Gini Wijnaldum header, liverpool took an early lead however David Moyes’ side showed good character to hit through the header, which should have been kept outside by Alisson of Issa Diop.
And when replacement Pablo Fornals sailed West Ham to the lead 2 minutes after the rest Liverpool were confronted with a fight to maintain their unbeaten 27-match team conduct.
It had been a poor screen by their criteria but their luck was in as Fabianski was the culprit again allowing Mo Salah’s chance to squirm at the 68th minute.
There was a sense of inevitability as Liverpool went to success and so it proved as Sadio Mane turned in with nine minutes left after Trent Alexander-Arnold lofted the ball.
It had been unkind on Moyes and West Ham, using Liverpool keeper Alisson needing to produce a block that is crucial from replacement Jarrod Bowen.
Liverpool have revived their lead at the very top and the Hammers are abandoned at the bottom .
This title victory that was inevitable continues to be about winning with margins short of the best although liverpool have produced months of exciting soccer.
Even the champions-elect were a long way short of this here and also the decisive second in this game was Fabianski, that has been a trusted figure for West Ham, compounded his mistake for Wijnaldum’s purpose with a horror moment as Salah’s shot slipped through his legs and into the internet in front of an exultant Kop.
Liverpool missed leadership of wounded captain Jordan Henderson and the driving force also it was no surprise when Naby Keita was substituted after a poor performance.
Make no mistake they got blessed with Fabianski’s howlers, and the great quality of the Liverpool side, is that they are driven by an along with the mistake for Salah’s goal tipped the balance firmly in their favor.
It’s really a remarkable effort to have dropped just two points after Liverpool and 27 games will gladly catch moments of good fortune when they can.
Liverpool’s parties were subdued possibly an acknowledgement of an typical display, in the final whistle – when for the first time in 30 years they’re crowned champions in due course, but this won’t matter.
Liverpool travel to Watford on Saturday, 29 February (17:30 GMT kick-off), while West Ham host Southampton to exactly the same afternoon (15:00 GMT kick-off).
More to follow .