After a goal-laden weekend of Premier League football, Liverpool did what they have done in virtually every game this season, winning once again to beat relegation-threatened West Ham 3-2 in a topsy turvy game at Anfield.
Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring after just five minutes for the champions-elect, the Dutchman heading home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sumptuous delivery, though the Hammers would find themselves surprisingly level just seven minutes later, Issa Diop heading in a Robert Snodgrass corner.
If West Ham‘s equaliser had surprised the Anfield crowd, then they will have been stunned to see their so-far unbeaten side fall behind shortly after the interval, Pablo Fornals finding himself unmarked in the Liverpool penalty area, the Spaniard swivelling and firing a first-time effort past Alisson.
However, as they have done all season, Liverpool found a way to win, though they were given a massive helping hand thanks to one hell of a howler from Lukasz Fabianksi. The Polish ‘keeper allowed Mohamed Salah’s 68th minute shot to trickle tamely beneath him to restore parity before Alexander-Arnold registered his second assist of the night – his 13th of the season – to set up Sadio Mane for the winner with just nine minutes to play.
Speaking afterwards, assist king Alexander-Arnold admitted there are still ‘lots of things’ the league leaders need to improve upon having conceded twice to the struggling Irons, but discussed the team’s unerring confidence and desire to play attacking football.
“Obviously we felt like we’ve dominated the game but that’s football,” the 21-year-old told Sky Sports. “We’ve let them have two or three chances, the set-piece was probably their best chance of scoring today so we’ve got to look at that.
“We’re happy with the win, that’s the main thing, but there’s a lot of things we need to get right. The fans were massively with us, they were unbelievable, especially when we went behind. For us it’s a massive help.
“We just tried to keep going, that’s the mindset drilled into us by the manager. It paid off in the end.
“The manager gives us freedom, he understands the players’ qualities and that’s massive for us. We’re an attacking side, we want to create chances, we want to be scoring goals and hurting opponents and the best way to do that is getting players forward and creating as many chances as possible.
“We’re in a good position now but we need to keep working hard. I’d say we’re confident more than anything, we believe in our own ability. I’d say the overwhelming feeling for everyone is hungry to be as successful as possible, to win every game we go into. We want to be winning everything we can be.”
The result restores Liverpool’s 22 point advantage at the top of the Premier League, the Reds now needing just four wins from their remaining 11 matches to claim their first league title in three decades, with strugglers Watford up next for the runaway leaders.