Rice can’t deny Hammers


West Ham are in fourth place as the dreaded international break kicks in until the middle of the month.

Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Anfield over Aston Villa lifted Jurgen Klopp’s outfit into third place with a goal difference one better than the Hammers.

Liverpool’s goals came from Szoboszlai (3′minutes), Cash (22′minutes og) and Salah (55′minutes) as the Reds won an expected victory over the midlands outfit.

It could have been worse with Arsenal winning 3-1 at the Emirates against Manchester United with Declan Rice scoring the second of their three goals in the 3-1 win but failing to deny the Hammer fourth place.

That came four minutes into injury time before the Gooners added a third close to the end of the eight minutes extra time.

All of that left United in eleventh place in a game which had also seen one time Hammers target Harry Maguire come on as a second half substitute.

The Hammers meet Man City at home after the break with Liverpool meeting Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal travelling to Everton.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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