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Salah magic sees off the Irons

West Ham were undone by two moments of brilliance from Mo Salah as Liverpool recorded a 3-1 win at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The two sides played out a relatively even first half but the game turned on a Michail Antonio chance on 55 minutes.

The Hammers star pounced as James Milner failed to deal with a cross from Jarrod Bowen but he couldn’t wrap his foot around it and sent it wide of the post.

Just a minute later, Salah had his first of the day, as he collected the ball from Curtis Jones, beat Aaron Cresswell and curled the ball exquisitely into the top corner.

As David Moyes told the Hammers to go for it in an attempt to get back into the game, Liverpool found space to exploit and they did so with deadly precision to make it 2-0.

A Hammers corner was cleared and the ball was worked to Xherdan Shaqiri on the left flank. The ex-Stoke man lofted a ball into Salah and he brought it down with a truly magic touch before poking it beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

Liverpool really do seem to be clicking back into gear after a run of relatively disappointing form and they made it three with six minutes left, as some excellent interplay on the edge of the box freed Roberto Firmino, who squared for Georginio Wijnaldum to tap in.

Craig Dawson did pull a goal back on 86 minutes, tapping a corner in after Andrew Robertson made a mess of dealing with the cross.

But it was simply too little, too late, and the Irons will have to dust themselves down and go again versus Aston Villa in midweek.

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10 comments on “Salah magic sees off the Irons

  1. The second goal, our undoing, was on Moyes. We have a corner kick and Dawson is in front of the midline, not the 18 yard box, instead of Benrhama and/or Fornals and/or Cresswell.
    Regardless, they were the better team.
    Have to hope that we get better refereeing/VAR against Aston Villa than Southampton did. A clear handball followed by a shirt sleeve being offside was the difference.

  2. Just think we gave them to much respect, yes they were good goals ,but we were to interested in keeping them quite rather than imposing our attacking football on them ..had no plan b when things were not going for Antonio ,hence needing another attacker!!!!!!!!!,,,but apparently we dont need one …there was no better time to get a result against liverpool with the players they had out …IMO

  3. We didn’t turn up… So disapointing…. Rices worst game and souceks worst game…we sat back with no attacking intention whatsoever… It shows that Antonio against a makeshift defence is not a centre forward… We Need a stronger squad.. When all we can bring on is noble and Fredericks 😡😡😡

  4. 2 moments of brilliance that could have easily been avoided. No way do you show Salah on to his left foot. The lesser of 2 evils as the pundits said. Cresswell should have forced him on to his right. 2nd goal, I can not work out why Fabianski did not come out and collect that ball out of the air. Salah is not going to challenge in the air. Soon as the ball left Shaqiri’s foot Fab should have been out. No fight in us today. Like they were scared to play them for some reason. Pundits were right, golden oppurtunity today and didn’t take it. Only positive was the goal to stop them having a clean sheet.

  5. Far too timid against an under strength Liverpool team.Playing twice a week with such a thin squad showed today and some tired legs out there.

  6. We are all disappointed naturally. Were we happy to defend and keep status quo? We didn’t seem to want to attack them for fear of counter – which then happened. Yes Salah brilliant but why didn’t we do the basics? Three passes from their box and it’s a goal? So sad, did we not believe? Next game = massive.

  7. Pathetic performance and Moyes is scared of having a go at any side in the traditional ‘Top Four’ – he’s built up a lot of goodwill but he’s eroded some of it today with his decision to not bother having a go at a defence had Jordan Henderson in it ffs

    Antonio has been crap in front of goal in the last two game’s, relying on him alone to score the goals to win us games will see us drop through the table soon – the Benrahma dough should’ve been spent on a striker and if we needed to free up a loan slot then it should’ve been Dawson we bought. Don’t understand signing a player that hasn’t played in the league since July, had been out of form for eighteen months and plays in a position we are probably most well stocked in. The dwarf has his dabs all over that deal so don’t expect to see him play for at least a month

    Really frustrating today and could have been so different with a more positive mindset from the start

  8. Where do you start, I suppose firstly we are having a terrific season and we must not forget that. I thought Coufal, Ogbonna and Benrahma were the only two players who performed today. I thought we went with the wrong formation, I woudl have thought that Moyes would have went back to a 3-5-2 for this game which would have protected us against the long ball and also given Cresswell some support. Cresswell unfortunately was involved for the two goals saying that Fabianski was equally at fault the second, how he allowed that ball to travel so far in the air to land inside our box was criminal. For the life of me whar has Lanzini done to deserve the treatment he is getting from Moyes, to see Fredericks and Noble come on today was an absolute disgrace. Moyes showed no imagination on the line today, was tactically destroyed by Klopp. At half time we were in big trouble, could he not have went 3-5-2 then !! He also believes that Rice and Soucek can play every minute of every game. Why not try Fornals in there who has the legs to close down. Moyes was very poor today, formation, tactical and subs. A very disappointing performance by everyone. I really hope we see some changes for the game midweek. Bring Diop in for Dawson (looked very slow today), bring Johnson in for Cresswell give him a rest, play Fornals in the middle with Rice (give Soucek a break), play Lanzini in the 10 role with Benrahma and Bowen wide and Yarmo up top, why not but he wont he is too negative and afraid of change. Finally I can understand why Moyes does not want to spend money on second rate players and I completely back him on that but he must freshen the team up against Villa. We looked very stale today.

  9. We were outmanoeuvred by Klopp today. The moment Soucek was carded he brought on Jones who has excellent close control, remember Rice was carded a few minutes prior too.
    When Jones picked up the ball and drives towards our box Klopp knew our screening midfielder cannot get to close to him, or else any type of infringement could lead to a foul or worse a sending off, it allowed him to get his players running off the ball and in turn Jones ran off the back of Rice to play in Salah. Reds goals were sublime, we held out for an hour and like many previous games we didn’t take our big opportunity to score. We tried our best but came up short, never mind onwards. COYI.

  10. Spot on remarks on here from everyone cresswell total crap how on earth after playing so well lately does he let salah on to his left peg and fire off? Poor embarrassing display and why sit back and let them have the ball in so much space what sort of tactics is Moyes telling them? That’s why his not a long term coach in modern game today and clueless against better sides. For Christ’s sake Burnley beat this mob with a better side than they put out today no centre back and we play like their the best team around the premier and actually making them look the best today.

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