Liverpool’s relentless charge to a maiden Premier League title continued with a 2-0 win over West Ham, the Reds just eight wins away from securing the crown.
Jurgen Klopp had warned of the challenge that Liverpool would face against a struggling West Ham side, though few would have actually expected the Hammers to get anything from this game against the Merseyside juggernaut, and so it would turn out.
Mohamed Salah would give Liverpool a first-half lead from the penalty spot after Divock Origi was brought down in the area before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain raced away to double their advantage early into the second period.
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West Ham did create a few decent chances throughout, and speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp admitted his side certainly weren’t at their best.
“We could have done a lot of things better but there was only one team who deserved to win,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“We could have passed better, defended better. Who cares? These players played outstanding football so often, it was a normal performance.
“We never had 100% rhythm, it is tough to play against such a defensive-orientated team.”
While it may not have been Liverpool’s finest performance of the season, that mattered precious little to their travelling fans who once again sang ‘We’re going to win the league’, though Klopp once again refused to get carried away.
“They can sing whatever they want. Singing it doesn’t mean you are it,” the German added.
The result moves Liverpool an incredible 19 points ahead of their nearest challengers Manchester City as they edge toward’s their league title in 30 years, their first in the Premier League era.