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West Ham’s incredible win prevents Liverpool from setting new club record

West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool and moved into third in the Premier League table after sealing a 3-2 victory in a pulsating encounter at the London Stadium

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The deafening noise at the final whistle told its own story.

Another incredible win for West Ham, they stopped Liverpool from setting a new club record as Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered their first defeat in any competition for 216 days.

The 25 game run stretched all the way back to April 6, when they lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League and Liverpool had almost forgotten how to lose.

That is why this was such a remarkable scalp for West Ham as David Moyes’ sensational reign goes from strength to strength. They have made even some of the most fed-up West Ham fans fall back in love with the club again.

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West Ham moved up to third in the Premier League table




It was bubbles and a rousing chorus of Sweet Caroline as the home fans eventually filed out, the away end long since having left after watching their team’s defensive frailties get horribly exposed.

Pablo Fornals was magnificent, Jarrod Bowen never stopped running and yet it also owed a large chunk to Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker having a rare off day, at fault for the opener, let the second one go through him and stayed grounded on the third.

It was a brilliant game, blood and thunder, full of drama and turning points. Just when you think this season cannot get any better, it serves up another surprise and the title race promises to be the most open in years with all the challengers slipping up.









Meanwhile, West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool, moved up to third, level on points with Manchester City and just three points behind leaders Chelsea. What an incredible season.

They were undoubtedly hanging on at the end, Liverpool laid siege in the dying stages and will bemoan their luck and some decisions but, make no mistake, West Ham thoroughly deserved their win.

West Ham had more energy and they never gave up even when Liverpool pegged them back. It did also show up Liverpool’s weaknesses as the midfield is an issue, they have not found the right balance to offer protection for a defence which looks vulnerable when put under pressure.



Liverpool felt Alisson was fouled from the corner West Ham opened the scoring from
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They crumbled early on when West Ham took a fourth minute lead from a goal which left everyone dazed and confused. Fornals put over a curling corner, Liverpool keeper Alisson ended up punching the ball into his own net under pressure.

Liverpool players protested, it survived two VAR checks for a possible foul and handball before referee Craig Pawson eventually allowed it to stand.

Slowly, Liverpool found their rhythm and Trent Alexander-Arnold fired them level before half time with a world class free kick which only served to underline his incredible talent. And still England do not play him. It is staggering.

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Declan Rice protested his innocence – “I did not touch him” – after a free kick was given for a trip on Mo Salah. Alexander-Arnold and Salah did a short free kick routine, the Liverpool full back then whipped a shot up and over the wall before it dipped into the top corner.

What a game now. West Ham regained the lead after 67 minutes. Fabinho and Sadio Mane got into a mix-up, Bowen raced forward and then fed Fornals who smashed a low shot through Alisson.

Eight minutes later, Bowen put over a brilliant corner, Liverpool’s defence watched in horror as Kurt Zouma rose at the back post and headed home. No-one could quite believe it.



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Liverpool threw on Divock Origi who lived up to his supersub reputation and he gave them hope with a shot on the turn after 83 minutes.

Liverpool pinned West Ham back, they were chasing an equaliser and Moyes’ men were clinging on. Alexander-Arnold put over a free kick which Mane at the back post and the Liverpool forward’s diving header flew just wide.

That was the last hope and salvation gone. But West Ham deserved their win and Liverpool can only have themselves to blame.


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