Liverpool came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1 and make it a record-equalling 63 game unbeaten run at Anfield.
Despite an early Hammers goal, Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty meant the unbeaten record was never truly under threat.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men did have to dig deep in order to pick up the win that took them back to the top of the Premier League table.
Prior to the game, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness had suggested that David Moyes’ side could come to Merseyside full of confidence, citing a serious concern about his former side.
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He felt that beyond Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Klopp’s men lacked the kind of player that trikes fear in opposing line-ups.
” West Ham will be looking at this as a game as: there’s not a better time to play Liverpool,” he said.
“Liverpool aren’t firing on all cylinders, and have really not reached anywhere near the heights of the past two years. West Ham have shown a real mental toughness.
“I’m slightly concerned. Liverpool are heavily reliant on the front three. Go through the rest of the team and it doesn’t scare you.
“I hope l am wrong, but it might be a good time to play Liverpool.”
And with time running out, Souness’ prediction looked like it may come to a fruition, with West Ham holding on to their hard-earned parity.
However, as he has done in each of his three home appearances in the leagye, Diogo Jota found an inch of room to score what could prove to be a vital winner.
His winner, the fourth of his fledgling Liverpool career highlights the serious upgrade on Divock Origi that Klopp now at his disposal.
The Portuguese was Liverpool’s biggest transfer deal of the summer, landing him from Wolves in a deal worth over £40million.
“People may have raised eyebrows when Liverpool spent £40million on him, but it looks like another piece of really astute business by Liverpool,” Jamie Carragher said after his goal.
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Following the win, Souness described Jota as the “perfect” signing and tipped him to challenge Firmino for a starting berth in the near future.
“He’s a cute player, he’s rapid and he has an eye for a goal,” Souness told Sky Sports after the game.
“I would imagine that, pretty quickly, he will be challenging Firmino for a starting spot.
“He looks to have a fabulous attitude. He has a goal every three games – there’s not many of them around.”
The arrival of Jota not only looks like it will relieve the pressure on Liverpool’s front three to score, it may also add even more fear factor to Klopp’s squad.
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