Liverpool made light work of West Ham at the London Stadium today. It was exactly the kind of commanding performance we’ve been wanting to see from the Reds.
It took until the second half to break the deadlock, but two superb Mohamed Salah strikes completely took the game away from the Hammers. Gini Wijnaldum finished off an excellent passing move to make it three, and West Ham could only muster a consolation goal in response.
Jürgen Klopp was clearly pleased.
“It was a great game, a very professional game, very controlled against usually a flying side”, BBC Sport report the Liverpool manager as saying.
“We didn’t create enough in the first half. We made little adjustments at half-time and it paid off. We scored three unbelievable goals.
“In the first half we had three midfielders on the other side of the ball so Xherdan Shaqiri had to pass backwards. We wanted Divock Origi more in the centre. We played a double 10 then with Thiago and Shaqiri. James Milner is fine but showed signs of hamstring so we showed the right moment to bring him off.
“Shaq I thought he passed the ball too early. What Mo [Salah] made of it was incredible. The first touch was unbelievable.
“These boys are a really good group. They’re not happy at not being successful, not winning, but they always have the right attitude.”
It seems like Liverpool have probably blown the title, which is all the more frustrating since this is the kind of performance that was needed to do it. Anyway. Just keep racking up the points.