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West Ham 1-4 Liverpool: Salah keeps shining

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  • Reds score twice in 3 first half minutes
  • Liverpool sixth with 19 points
  • West Ham now 17th

Red-hot Mohamed Salah scored two more goals as Liverpool hammered West Ham United 4-1 at the London Stadium on Saturday in what will surely lead to more calls for Irons coach Slaven Bilic‘s job.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip also scored for the Reds, while Manuel Lanzini scored West Ham’s only marker.

Liverpool finishes the day in sixth, climbing back above Burnley on 19 points.

West Ham could finish the weekend in the drop zone if Everton beats Watford on Sunday.

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Joe Hart made a fine intervention early, and it was Simon Mignolet‘s chance to feel danger when Andre Ayew beat him but not the goal in the ninth minute.

West Ham looked up for it until opening up for a counter after a misplayed corner kick. Sadio Mane dribbled the majority of the pitch before deferring to Salah to beat Hart.

Matip then tapped a rebound past Hart off a corner kick. Salah’s corner came off Mark Noble to force Hart’s parry. That fell right to Matip. 2-0, 24′.

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Lanzini bodied Joe Gomez to make it 2-1 with two slick touches, but West Ham made it 3-1 within a minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain had two cracks at Hart.

It could’ve been 3-2 through Lanzini again, but he skied his chance over the bar after a nice feed from Andy Carroll.

Javier Hernandez was pushed in the back with a chance to nod home, but Neil Swarbrick didn’t see a enough for a penalty kick.

Salah made it a three-goal cushion with his final marker of the day.

WATCH: Liverpool scores twice in 157 seconds vs. West Ham

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West Ham’s plans to topple Liverpool quickly went to the birds on Saturday at the London Stadium.

The Reds struck like lightning off a West Ham corner, and Opta tweeted that it took Mohamed Salah 13 seconds from the set piece to the back of its own net.

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Edimilson Fernandes didn’t help things by charging and missing the counter attack, and Sadio Mane dribbled long down the pitch before setting Salah up for the goal.

It took under three minutes for Liverpool to double its lead and heap misery on Slaven Bilic‘s men. Salah’s corner was almost an own goal, but Joe Hart made a solid reaction save off Mark Noble only to see the ball zip to the path of Joel Matip for a tap-in.

Hart rages after “so unprofessional” West Ham misery

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Joe Hart is not used to this, at all.

The West Ham United keeper is used to battling for the top spots in the table, and at worst was a mid-table scrapper with Torino last season.

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But his Irons tossed aside a 2-0 lead at Crystal Palace on Saturday, a silly decision from Michail Antonio allowing the Eagles to race to the other end and score a 97th minute equalizer through Wilfried Zaha.

Hart was baffled. From the BBC:

“I can’t believe we have done that. We fought all the way to the end and then we have been so unprofessional. It is two points dropped. As simple as that.”

It could cost manager Slaven Bilic dearly, with the under fire boss hoping his team’s midweek League Cup fight back at Tottenham would’ve lifted the team into a promising place.

Instead, West Ham’s snared just a single point and sit 13th instead of 10th. Those margins, frankly, are killing the Hammers.

“It feels like a defeat. We knew that the game was not over at 2-0 up at half-time. I am very disappointed with the penalty, but the way we conceded the leveler was very disappointing. We needed to keep the ball and we made the wrong decision with Michail Antonio choosing to cross the ball rather than keep it.”

Antonio was in the Palace corner deep into stoppage time, but instead dribbled toward the goal mouth before meekly giving away possession.

West Ham is one of the more infuriating sides in the Premier League, capable of sublime goals like Javier Hernandez’s opener but also just as adept at tossing aside leads in calamitous fashion. That, ultimately, feels like it will be Bilic’s undoing.

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West Ham 0-3 Brighton: Gulls fly past Irons

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Glenn Murray scored twice and Jose Izquiero also scored to lead visiting Brighton and Hove Albion past West Ham United 3-0 at London Stadium on Friday.

The loss will do nothing to ease the pressure on West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Brighton moves into 10th with 11 points, behind Newcastle United on goal differential. West Ham’s eight points keep them ahead of 16th place Everton, also on goal differential.

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Brighton took a lead in the 10th minute when Premier League veteran Murray lost Pedro Obiang and turned Pascal Gross‘ free kick across a diving Joe Hart and inside the far post.

Murray now has PL goals for Brighton and Hove Albion, Bournemouth, and Crystal Palace.

West Ham had chances from Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio, and — perhaps most dangerous, a left-footed rip from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez that nearly saw its way inside the far post.

And then… well, wow. Izquierdo darted inside from the left and hit his hard shot at Hart, who could only slap the ball inside his goal:

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Manuel Lanzini threatened with a slightly deflected 65th minute free kick, and the Irons wasted the ensuing corner.

A dizzying, creative run by Anthony Knockaert provided Murray a 1v1 with Hart, but a second touch allowed the keeper to close down the Englishman.

Murray earned Brighton a PK within a minute, unable to get past the block of Pablo Zabaleta. He took his shot well.

Man City’s Joe Hart joins West Ham on loan

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It’s officially official.

Joe Hart is a West Ham United player for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

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Hart, 30, joined the Hammers on Tuesday with the east London club announcing the signing which had long been expected as Pep Guardiola signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson and has told Hart he can find a new club and City are said to be paying a chunk of his wages too.

Spending a second-straight season on loan away from Man City — he spent the 2016-17 campaign in Italy’s top-flight with Torino — England’s No.1 goalkeeper spoke to West Ham TV about his return to the PL.

“It’s important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” Hart said. “To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m really looking forward to the season. I’ve always loved the club. I think you’ll struggle to find anyone, apart from the direct opposing fans around London, who doesn’t love the club. It’s got something about it, it’s got a lot history and I’ve always loved playing against West Ham.”

Hart will challenge Adrian and Darren Randolph for the starting spot but judging by the reported loan fee the Hammers have paid Man City (apparently around $6 million for the season) Hart will be Slaven Bilic‘s first-choice goalkeeper.

Following Pablo Zabaleta to the London Stadium from the Etihad Stadium, Hart will bring plenty of experience and has won major trophies with Man City (two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup) and been England’s top goalkeeper for almost a decade, winning the Premier League’s Golden Glove four times.

That said, Hart’s recent form for club and country had left plenty to be desired and his every move will be scrutinized know he’s back in the PL.

In a World Cup year Hart faces a strong challenge to keep his spot as the Three Lions’ starting goalkeeper with Jack Butland, Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford and Fraser Forster waiting in the wings.