Premier League, London Stadium
January 29, 2020
Goals: Salah pen 35′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 52′Origi’s audition
Divock Origi was handed the first chance to fill the void, playing from the left as he has done so often previously, but the Belgian didn’t really make the most of his opportunity.
With a start at the weekend as well as here, this could have been the night to see a sharper, more in-tune Big Div…but it sadly didn’t happen again.
Origi was involved at times: an early run down the right, a few knock-ons to his attacking team-mates, a low shot from the left in the second half and some good footwork to win the first-half penalty.
But there was very little else to point to which suggested he deserves to keep his spot once back at Anfield at the weekend.
With several midfielders back to fitness it could be that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moves left, while Takumi Minamino and late sub Curtis Jones will both also be desperate to be handed another chance to impress.Penaltypool
Mo Salah opened the scoring for the Reds after half an hour, a left-foot rocket from 12 yards after Origi was chopped down.
Origi probably would have netted anyway, but with Salah doing the business he became the Reds’ top scorer for the season, in the league and in all competitions, and he also continued a tremendous run for the Reds from the penalty spot.
Nine spot-kick scored in a row is the current run for Salah, since he missed against Huddersfield in late 2017.
Liverpool as a whole, meanwhile, have scored their last 14, with three players contributing to that haul: Salah (seven), James Milner (six) and Bobby Firmino (one).
We don’t need penalties to win games, but they sure help along the way—and as hasn’t always been the case, we can now be confident that when one is awarded, it’s a pretty sure-fire thing that the ball will hit the back of the net.Three-quarters elite
Winning is all well and good with the goals at the other end, but a moment of appreciation, too, for the players at the opposite end who once more produced top-class performances.
The Champions League games might quickly become the focus of the season now and it’s that awesome foursome we should expect to see whenever possible, with Joel Matip‘s injury allowing Gomez to reclaim his throne and Jordan Henderson likely to shift forward once more.
Three-quarters of that group are, right now, in quite ridiculous form.
Gomez has barely put a foot wrong across our many matches since mid-December, with the probable exception of Spurs, while Van Dijk just continues to motor through games, rarely looking ruffled and frequently embarrassing the small children he plays against.
Sorry, the Premier League strikers he plays against.
It’s just the returning Fabinho who needs to find rhythm after injury, with his cameo confirming that he still needs time on the ball and on the pitch to get back to his calming, impassable best.
That is a rock-solid quartet, and one which just might carry the Reds towards retaining Ol’ Big Ears.Klopp hits the 50 mark on the road
Jurgen won’t care. Jurgen never cares. It’ll be just another one to tick off, just another one to put in the rearview mirror.
And, given the lack of atmosphere, effort and quality on the part of the opposition, probably a game he’ll never think about again.
But it’s now 50 away wins in the Premier League for Klopp at Liverpool, in just 84 games.
That’s just about a 60 percent win rate on the road; some managers don’t get that ratio across the entire careers, or hit that tally of away league wins in a much longer time in the game.
What he has achieved in the job will go down in legend, no question. This game certainly won’t, but it counts for exactly the same number of points as the manic 5-4 over Norwich, which has done.19 clear…in January
So we no longer have a game in hand on the rest of the so-called title challengers.
We do, however, hold a frankly ridiculous 19-point lead. With four months of the season still to play.
There were seasons, many of them, where 70 points was the 10-month target; attaining a Champions League spot the summit of realism.
That Liverpool have hit the target already is testament to the enormous growth of the team, and indeed the club on all levels, but is even more due to the utterly relentless nature of Klopp and his coaches.
We’re at Anfield though, where—cue another remarkable statistic—we’ve yet to drop a single point all season long.
Putting the scope of this team’s achievements into perspective is becoming ever-more difficult to do, but we’ve now won more games this season than some title-winning teams, including Man United‘s 1998/99 treble winners.
Next game, next challenge, next opportunity for three points: bring it on, we just can’t get enough.
Jurgen Klopp conceded Liverpool’s performance was anything but “brilliant” but after a tough run of games the result was all that mattered.
With David Moyes’ side set up to absorb pressure and act as an 11-man wall, Liverpool required patience to break the deadlock and they did just that after the half-hour mark.
Mohammed Salah’s powerful strike from the penalty spot set another win in motion as he would then turn provider early in the second 45 with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finding the net to secure a two-goal win.
And while Liverpool were the superior side throughout, they were far from their best and while Klopp wishes his team “could have done better,” it was a result he was more than happy to take.
“It wasn’t a really brilliant performance, they made it difficult for us. We started pretty much each attack with a ball from the centre-half against nine or ten or eleven,” he told reporters.
“I wish we could have done better but I’ll take it. Wolves was a tough game and a couple of games before that United. We had to win this game and we did.
“There is no motivational problem for us. The boys were here [high level]. The difficulty tonight was to get the rhythm, keep the rhythm and stay concentrated. The biggest chances we gave them. Gini’s pass – sensational save from Ali, then Trent against the post, slapstick.
“I would give these boys my kids to look after I trust them so much, but they can still make these ridiculous mistakes. It’s about staying concentrated.”
The win saw Liverpool notch a victory over all 19 topflight sides in one season for the first time in the club’s history in what was yet another record to come the Reds’ way – but the manager’s focus remains solely at each task at hand.
He continued: “I don’t feel anything about that, it’s not about feeling satisfaction. I was in the game completely, I wanted us to win the game, our boys did.”
The Reds now have less than 64 hours to recover and prepare before Southampton‘s visit on Saturday.
Jürgen Klopp is optimistic the issue that forced Divock Origi from the field during Liverpool’s 2-0 win at West Ham United on Wednesday night is not serious.
The forward was substituted after 69 minutes at London Stadium due to a knock; however, early indications suggest it was just cramp.
Klopp told his post-match press conference: “Always when a player has to come off it’s a concern, especially when you play again three days later.
“But he told me it was cramps and let’s hope that it is like this and then he should be ready again.”
Liverpool U23s sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup thanks to a stunning fightback to draw 2-2 with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
A Joe Hardy goal and a memorable bicycle kick from Harvey Elliott saw the young Reds secure the point they needed to top a group which had also included Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Club.
Such an outcome had seemed unlikely when they trailed 2-0 five minutes into the second half but Neil Critchley’s team dominated the rest of the match and deservedly took their place in the last eight.
The game’s first goal arrived just before the quarter-hour mark and rather out of nowhere.
A cross from the right was cleared by the Reds’ backline but fell only to Portugal youth international Bruno Jordao, who drilled a low shot into the corner past Caoimhin Kelleher.
On 20 minutes the visitors created their first real opening thanks to a brilliant Leighton Clarkson pass which put Liam Millar behind the defence. The young Canadian could not control, though, and the chance was lost.
Liverpool were forced into a change shortly afterwards as Yasser Larouci took a knock and was unable to continue, with Adam Lewis arriving in his place.
Within seconds, the left-back – making just his second appearance since returning from injury – was almost on the scoresheet as Liverpool’s two full-backs combined.
Neco Williams beat his man on the right and his curling cross was met by the outside of Lewis’ boot but the effort was just wide.
Wolves were very much a back five out of possession, marshalled by the impressive Owen Otasowie, and the Reds were struggling to break them down but they created some terrific chances in the last five minutes of the half.
First, a terrific pass from Jake Cain on the left found Elliott eight yards out but the 16-year-old just failed to get enough on his strike under pressure and Andreas Sondergaard gathered for Wolves.
Williams was the creator again a couple of minutes later, his low cross turned agonisingly past the post by Millar, before Hardy swivelled on a through ball but was denied by the ‘keeper. Clarkson then warmed Sondergaard’s hands with a strong shot from distance as the Reds ended the half well on top.
Hopes of a second-half comeback were dampened within five minutes of the restart, however.
The impressive Morgan Gibbs-White carried the ball forward dangerously as Wolves broke and he played in Renat Dadashov, who fired low past Kelleher for 2-0.
But a brilliant five minutes from Liverpool turned the tie on its head.
Millar did well on the left and when his cross caused panic, Hardy was on hand to turn and hit in one motion for a real poacher’s finish, his third since arriving from Brentford earlier this month.
And with the second half not yet 10 minutes old, Elliott brought Liverpool level with a very special finish. Cain’s corner from the right saw the forward leap and deliver a memorable bicycle kick which had the crowd of almost 4,400 gasping.
The Reds were dominant now, Williams firing just over and Lewis beginning to deliver quality crosses from the left.
It took a stunning save from Sondergaard to deny the impressive Clarkson a beauty from distance, his fingertips just denying a shot which was bound for the top corner, before Dion Sanderson was forced to clear from his goalline.
Wolves needed a goal but Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg kept it solid at the back and, with Pedro Chirivella pulling strings in midfield, a winner for Critchley’s charges looked far more likely, though the last few seconds brought nerves as Jordao fired just over with the very last kick.
But Liverpool held firm to progress to the quarter-finals and will discover their opponents when the draw is made on Thursday morning.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Williams, Hoever, Van den Berg, Larouci (Lewis, 23), Clarkson, Cain, Chirivella, Elliott, Millar, Hardy.
Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Boyes, Dixon-Bonner, Gallacher, Bearne, Varesanovic.
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Mohamed Salah was the star man as Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to a huge 19 points by beating West Ham 2-0 at the London Stadium.
Salah crashed in a first-half penalty (35) to put the visitors on their way and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slotted in a second (52) as Liverpool made the most of their game in hand on their distant pursuers.
Jurgen Klopp's side may not have been at their absolute best but they have now beaten every one of their league opponents at least once this season - a feat they last achieved 124 years ago.Mohamed Salah celebrates after putting Liverpool 1-0 up
Their 23rd victory from 24 Premier League games this season leaves their latest victims 17th in the table, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Liverpool immediately took control of possession, with West Ham happy to sit off their visitors until they moved into their half, but, despite dominating the ball, Liverpool initially struggled to find a way through David Moyes' well-drilled defensive lines.Jordan Henderson celebrates with Salah
Instead, there were promising moments for West Ham on the break, with Manuel Lanzini firing wide from an offside position and 19-year-old debutant Jeremy Ngakia clipping a dangerous cross into the Liverpool area.
However, Liverpool eventually began to find their rhythm and should have gone ahead on 25 minutes when Salah played in Andy Robertson, but the left-back's chip over Lukasz Fabianski did not have enough on it and Issa Diop was able to get back to hack clear.
Robertson then fizzed a cross through the West Ham box as Liverpool stepped up the pressure before neat play from Roberto Firmino found Divock Origi in the box and some quick feet from the striker - in for the injured Sadio Mane - drew the foul from Diop.Divock Origi goes down inside the box under a challenge from Issa Diop
It appeared to be a clear penalty but Salah was forced to wait for a protracted VAR check on a potential handball against Firmino. The Egyptian was not rattled, though, and, once cleared to take the spot-kick, he fired the ball into the bottom corner to get Liverpool rolling with his 12th Premier League goal of the season.Player ratings
West Ham: Fabianski (7), Cresswell (6), Diop (5), Ogbonna (6), Rice (7), Noble (6), Masuaku (6), Snodgrass (7), Lanzini (5), Ngakia (6), Haller (5).
Subs used: Fornals (6).
Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (7), Robertson (7), Van Dijk (8), Gomez (7), Henderson (8), Wijnaldum (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (8), Salah (9), Firmino (8), Origi (8).
Subs used: Fabinho (6), Keita (6), Jones (n/a).
Man of the match: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
West Ham should have levelled shortly after half-time when Lanzini scuffed a shot from Declan Rice's cross straight at Alisson, and they were made to pay moments later.
Firmino was denied by a fine save from Fabianski but the West Ham goalkeeper could do nothing when Liverpool broke away from defending a corner and Salah sent Oxlade-Chamberlain through on goal to slot home.Salah fires in from the penalty spot during the first half
West Ham almost pulled off an immediate response of their own but Alisson, at full stretch, pushed away Robert Snodgrass' drive from the edge of the area before Fabianski traded a similar stop at the other end to keep out Origi.
The hosts were almost given a lifeline in bizarre circumstances when Trent Alexander-Arnold fired a clearance against his own post on 72 minutes after Rice had capped a superb run by firing straight at Alisson.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after scoring Liverpool's second goal
But Liverpool were in the ascendancy and, with their fans singing 'We're going to win the league', Salah hit the woodwork with a fine curling shot before Fabianski saved from sub Naby Keita.
West Ham - who had good chances throughout - nearly earned a late consolation when Rice forced Alisson into another good diving stop, but there was no stopping Liverpool as they notched up another convincing win on their march towards glory.What the managers said... 2:57 David Moyes was disappointed with the goals his side gave away in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool but saw plenty of positives in West Ham’s performance David Moyes was disappointed with the goals his side gave away in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool but saw plenty of positives in West Ham’s performance
West Ham manager David Moyes: "We didn't play well with the ball but we created chances and were tactically well disciplined. There were lots of things we did well but it's the result that counts and we didn't get that. The team organisation and the work ethic was good and we'll have to be like that over the next period against the sides around us too."3:38 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool were deserved winners against West Ham, but states that they could have played better in the 2-0 victory at the London Stadium Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool were deserved winners against West Ham, but states that they could have played better in the 2-0 victory at the London Stadium
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I'm overly happy with the three points and only one team deserved them. Of course, we could've done things a bit better, but it's not about that. If it was easy, a lot of other teams would've done it. Ali had to make too many saves but honestly who cares! Very often you have to find a way. We didn't have situations down the wings as often as we would've liked and we didn't quite have the rhythm we wanted...but in the end it's the three points that count."Opta stats
West Ham are back in action at the London Stadium on Saturday when they host Brighton in the Premier League, while Liverpool entertain Southampton at Anfield on the same day.Soccer Saturday Super 6
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Liverpool moved 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped the Reds extend their lead at the summit and make the most of their game in hand on second-place Manchester City.
Salah broke the deadlock at the London Stadium from the penalty spot in the 35th minute after Divock Origi was fouled by Issa Diop inside the 18-yard box.
The Egyptian then turned provider when he delivered a brilliant assist for Oxlade-Chamberlain's finish in minute 52.
Jürgen Klopp made a solitary change to the line-up that beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in the last league fixture, with Origi replacing the injured Sadio Mane.
The home side, meanwhile, handed a first-team debut to 19-year-old defender Jeremy Ngakia.
Liverpool appeared to be in control of the contest from the first whistle. However, it would take until the 24th minute for them to create the first goal-scoring opportunity.
Andy Robertson's lofted finish over goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was cleared by Diop in the nick of time before it trickled over the goalline.
That situation came about as the left-back's forward run into the penalty area was found by a classy first-time through ball from Salah.
Five minutes later, Robertson attempted to return the favour, but Salah and no player in white could get on the end of his drilled cross from the left.
Liverpool's pressure finally told, though. As the ball fell to Origi inside the box, he was brought down by Diop before being able to get a shot away, with referee Jon Moss duly pointing to the spot.
Salah stepped up to take responsibility from 12 yards out, firing into the bottom right corner and sending Fabianski the opposite way.
The visitors continued with their dominance following the half-time interval.
Roberto Firmino was denied by a fine low save from Fabianski until Oxlade-Chamberlain eventually made it 2-0.
Liverpool launched a breakaway from a West Ham corner as Salah's exquisite outside-of-the-boot pass put Oxlade-Chamberlain through on goal.
The No.15 proceeded to brush off a challenge before coolly finding the back of the net.
Alisson Becker denied West Ham a quick response as he palmed away Robert Snodgrass' long-range effort. The Brazilian then batted away a Declan Rice shot. Liverpool were fortunate as Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly put the rebound into his own net, only for the ball to strike the post and bounce clear.
But the framework at the other end denied Liverpool a third when Salah attempted a curler from the edge of the box that struck the base of the post.
The two-goal advantage remained intact thanks to another crucial intervention from Alisson. The Liverpool No.1 pulled off an outstretched save to turn Rice's header behind for a corner.
Klopp's men then closed the game out to record win No.23 of the top-flight campaign.
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West Ham: Fabianski; Masuaku, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Ngakia, Snodgrass, Lanzini; Haller
Subs: Randolph, Cardosa, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Fornals, Ajeti
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Klopp made 11 alterations for the trip to New Meadow in the FA Cup, and witnessed a rusty performance from the Reds as they let a two-goal lead slip.
His assertion after the game that none of Liverpool’s senior players would be available for the replay on February 4—as neither would he—underlined the manager’s intentions for the campaign.
Alisson returns in goal, behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, with neither Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren impressing on their return from injury at the weekend.
West Ham: Fabianski; Masuaku, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Ngakia, Snodgrass, Lanzini; Haller
Substitutes: Randolph, Cardosa, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Fornals, Ajeti
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Origi, Firmino
Divock Origi starts for Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
The forward comes in for the injured Sadio Mane at the London Stadium in the only change to the Reds’ starting line-up from the previous Premier League fixture at Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Lovren, Keita, Minamino, Matip, Jones.
Liverpool will meet West Ham for the first time this season in pursuit of their 15th successive league victory. Here’s how to watch on TV around the world.
A host of familiar faces will return to the lineup as they look for their 23rd win of the campaign against a West Ham side who are currently languishing in 17th place.
The Hammers put a dint into Liverpool’s title pursuit last season in what was the second draw in a run of four within the space of six games.
But with the Reds experiencing a formidable run of form and West Ham having won just two of their last eight in all competitions, fortunes certainly favour Klopp’s side.
Check This Is Anfield for the latest team news ahead of the match.
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Liverpool FC Women will play their FA Cup fifth-round tie against Chelsea Women on Sunday February 16 with a 2pm kick-off.
The Reds were the last name out of the hat in Monday’s draw and must travel south to face Emma Hayes’ side at their home ground of Kingsmeadow.
Tickets are available to buy now from the Chelsea website and will cost £9 for adults and £1 for under 20s and over 65s. Reds fans wishing to sit together at the match are recommended to choose the North Stand.
Vicky Jepson’s team booked their place in the fifth round with an impressive 8-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers Ladies last Sunday.
Liverpool's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield will kick off at 7.45pm GMT on Tuesday February 4.
The Reds will host a rematch with the League One club following last Sunday's 2-2 draw at New Meadow, with the winner to visit Chelsea in round five.
Ticket details for the replay can be found here.
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