Liverpool 2-2 West Ham: Reds lose ground on league leaders

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Liverpool’s chase at the top of the table as one of the Premier League’s elite took a hit on Sunday following Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham United at Anfield.

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The Reds didn’t waste any time in applying pressure in the second stanza, and the hosts got back on level terms in the 48th minute when Divock Origi was in the right place to hit home a spilled cross from goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

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The West Ham keeper failed to clear his lines after Sadio Mane put in a cross from the left wing and Origi was in front of goal to tap home.

The Hammers grabbed the lead before halftime when Michail Antonio tapped home a simple finish past Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. The goal came after a routine long ball wasn’t handled by the Red backline and Karius was hesitant coming off his line, allowing Antonio to flick his shot around the shot-stopper.

Despite suffering an early deficit, West Ham responded in a big way in the 27th minute when Dimitri Payet curled a free kick brilliantly in the Liverpool net to notch the score at 1-1.

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Adam Lallana gave the hosts the lead after five minutes when the Englishman controlled a Mane cross and blasted his ensuing effort past West Ham keeper Darren Randolph for the early lead.

Liverpool remains third in England’s top flight on 31 points, six points off the pace set my league leaders Chelsea. Meanwhile, West Ham jumps above Swansea into 17th place, moving out of the drop zone.