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A Mo Salah double sent Liverpool third in the Premier League table after a statement 3-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Egyptian scored for the first time in seven Premier League games with a delightful double against David Moyes’ much improved West Ham. A trademark quick shift and curl from Salah into the far corner gave Liverpool the lead rewarding a bright start after half-time from the visitors.

Liverpool then doubled their lead with a superb counter-attacking move from a West Ham corner with Salah latching onto a looping Shaqiri pass into the box with a sublime first touch before prodding the ball past Lukasz Fabianski, scoring his 21st goal of the campaign and his 15th in the Premier League.

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Without the injured Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on the bench, the responsibility was on the Egyptian to deliver another vital three points in London for Jurgen Klopp’s men and he duly delivered, also scoring his eighth and ninth career goals against West Ham.

Liverpool got their third when Gini Wijnaldum finished off a fine flowing passing move, assisted by second-half substitute Roberto Firmino. West Ham got their consolation goal when Craig Dawson headed from a corner.

Liverpool’s second win in London in four days after a win at Tottenham cut the gap to leaders Manchester City – who have a game in hand – to four points before the two giants meet at Anfield next Sunday.

West Ham missed the chance to overtake their opponents into fourth and could lose their grip on fifth place if Tottenham beat Brighton in the evening kick-off.

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August 2022