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Liverpool find another way to win in West Ham comeback

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Sadio Mane punched in a back-post winner as poor Liverpool found a way to keep its unbeaten Premier League season alive with a 3-2 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield.

The Reds improve their record to 26-1, leading second-place Manchester City by 22 points.

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West Ham threw away a 2-1 lead when star goalkeeper Lukasz Fabinaksi fumbled an easy save, and Mane made the most of the disorganized Irons defense late in the match.

The Irons remain a point off safety with 24 points.

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Three things we learned

1. Team of destiny Liverpool again wins while miles off its best: Liverpool center back Joe Gomez and to a lesser extent his partner Virgil Van Dijk had poor days, and Jurgen Klopp‘s attackers’ finishing touches were largely absent. Still, the defiant league leaders found their way to three points are now 11 matches from history.

When you can play way off your standard and still out-attempt a Premier League side 25-7, well, you’re pretty good.

2. Fabianski gifts Reds equalizer: Lukasz Fabianski has saved West Ham so, so many times, and he made some nice saves on the day including a wonderful stop on Trent Alexander-Arnold. But his howler of the highest variety on Salah’s tepid low shot is about as bad as it gets for a keeper short of turning and firing into your own goal.

3. Amazing Alexander-Arnold: The right back was again phenomenal an easy Man of the Match in assisting two goals. He would’ve had three if Mane stayed onside in a late lapse of judgment.


If a game had the makings of a 4-4, it was this one; Liverpool has quality players, obviously, but has been prone to lapses. There are fewer of the former and more of the latter for West Ham, but the attackers have high potential.

Liverpool took the leader when Wijnaldum turned a header inside the near post, but Issa Diop answered with a header of his own off a corner kick. The West Ham center back started in the six and darted back in front of Joe Gomez to nod home.

Chances for Sadio Mane after fooling Robert Snodgrass with a dribble and Trent Alexander-Arnold from the right led to near misses.

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Roberto Firmino was sent through by Trent Alexander-Arnold and missed a chance badly to start the second half, and Mohamed Salah soon saw a shot blocked by West Ham.

West Ham was stout at the back and looked prepared on the counter, but Liverpool can only blame itself for the second goal. Fornals hung out between Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, with Fabinho also in the vicinity of Declan Rice‘s cross.

Lukasz Fabianski made a wonderful flying save on an Alexander-Arnold knuckler outside the box, and Liverpool move into the final half-hour up one.

The keeper made a huge error to allow to Liverpool 2-2, a Salah shot squirting through the player’s hands and legs.

Michail Antonio flubbed a 72nd-minute point blank chance.

Liverpool blew chances to make it 3-2 through Van Dijk and Salah as the match reached the final quarter-hour.

Alisson collected a low drive from Sebastian Haller.

Alexander-Arnold set Mane up for a back post finish to put Liverpool ahead, and the same pair saw a fourth goal chalked offside as the Senegalese lazily lost his focus.

Substitute attacker Jarrod Bowen was saved by Alisson when Antonio played him through in the 88th minute.

West Ham had a few more big chances, Noble seeing a rip deflect wide for a final corner. It was cleared by Andy Robertson.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here and there are some familiar faces sticking around the upper echelons.

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Stars from Liverpool, Wolves and Tottenham dominate our power rankings after some impressive performances and plenty of new entries.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

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Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Up 1
2. Adama Traore (Wolves) – Up 9
3. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – New entry
4. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 3
5. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – Up 4
6. Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) – New entry
7. Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – New entry
8. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – New entry
9. Yerry Mina (Everton) – New entry
10. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) – New entry
11. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
12. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) – New entry
13. Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham) – New entry
14. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – New entry
15. Richarlison (Everton) – New entry
16. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) – New entry
17. Nick Pope (Burnley) – Up 3
18. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) – New entry
19. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – New entry
20. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – New entry

West Ham collapse, draw with Brighton

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West Ham United and Brighton drew 3-3 in a six-goal thriller at the London Stadium as David Moyes was dealt another big blow.

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Issa Diop and Robert Snodgrass put the Hammers 2-0 up but then Brighton were let back in twice via an Angelo Ogbonna own goal and a gift to Pascal Gross as Snodgrass had briefly made it 3-1. Glenn Murray then made it 3-3 with 10 minutes to go in a dramatic end-to-end encounter.

With the draw West Ham have 24 points, while Brighton have 26 points.


3 things we learned

1. West Ham’s woeful defending: Ogbonna, Diop and Fabianski were all guilty of making huge mistakes and this is why West Ham are in a relegation battle. The Hammers were their own worst enemies and it is baffling that David Moyes didn’t bring in any new defenders in the transfer window. What a mess as they are in the relegation zone.

2. Seagulls still struggling: Graham Potter‘s side showed incredible grit to fight back from 3-1 down but they were handed gifts by the Hammers. Brighton are two points above the drop zone and haven’t won any of their last six games in all competitions.

3. Bowen’s arrival fails to lift the Hammers’ mood: Jarrod Bowen didn’t play and his big-money arrival on deadline day didn’t lift the gloom around West Ham. Scoring goals has never been the problem and it seems like the Hammers owners have panicked.

Man of the Match: Robert Snodgrass: Two good goals either side of half time swung the game in West Ham’s favor and he had the assist on Diop’s goal.


The Hammers started well but Brighton were dangerous as Neal Maupay went close for the visitors.

But Diop made it 1-0 as he slid home to finish a fine cross from Snodgrass.

Right on half time Snodgrass made it 2-0 as his volley deflected past Mat Ryan to double the Hammers’ lead at London Stadium.

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After the break Brighton were handed a lifeline as Lukasz Fabianski as he flapped at a cross as Ogbonna scored an own goal.

Snodgrass grabbed his second and West Ham’s third just before the hour mark to ease West Ham’s nerves.

Brighton were handled another lifeline as Diop and Ogobonna got in a real mess as Gross nipped in to finish and make it 3-2.

There was drama late on as Murray made it 3-3 at the back post but VAR was used and the goal was good as the ball hit Murray’s side.

Fabianski then made a string of saves late on to deny Solly March and help West Ham hold on for a point.

West Ham announces prolific Championship scorer Bowen

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Hull City had sold Jarrod Bowen to West Ham United.

The prolific Championship scorer comes with a reported $24 million fee which could rise to $33 million with add-ons.

Bowen, 23, has 52 goals in three Championship seasons with the Tigers. He did not score in seven Premier League matches during the 2016/17 season.

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Primarily a winger, Bowen joins an Irons team that has in-form Robert Snodgrass on that spot but stars Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson suffering from injuries.

West Ham’s 23 points have them in 17th place, but only by goal differential. Bottom Three sides Bournemouth and Watford also have 23 points.

The Irons season has been a monumental disappointment, and David Moyes‘ appointment has changed very little. He’ll be hoping the new blood helps his cause.

Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

PL Preview: West Ham v. Liverpool

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  • Liverpool has won 30 of its last 31 Premier League fixtures
  • West Ham is winless in its last 6 PL games against Liverpool
  • The Hammers have just 11 points at home this season, joint-low in the PL

Liverpool can go an obscene 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a win over West Ham on Wednesday, with kickoff from London Stadium at 2:45 p.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

The Reds will be without Sadio Mane who pulled up in the first half of the win over Wolves. The news was positive, but still the argument could easily be made that Mane is the most important player in the Liverpool lineup, and replacing him will give Jurgen Klopp a headache. He could start Divock Origi on the wing in a direct replacement, but Origi is a striker by nature and would make things narrow on the left flank. He could also move Salah to the left and insert Xherdan Shaqiri on the right, but there’s no guarantee that the Swiss international will be fit enough to play.

Still, Liverpool will be massive favorites to build on its winning streak against a West Ham side limping into the match. The Hammers are vulnerable with a long injury list of their own, with just one win since the festive period. Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Jack Wilshere are the most significant of the injured West Ham army, but certainly not the only ones. By the most recent reports, five players will miss the match with another two to be assessed before the match.

The Hammers are only out of the relegation zone thanks to goal differential, and with a brutal upcoming fixture slate that includes another against Liverpool plus games against Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, Wolves, and Chelsea through the end of March, West Ham will have to scrap for every point available.

Injuries/suspensions

West Ham: OUT – Ryan Fredericks (hamstring), Felipe Anderson (back), Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh), Arthur Masuaku (knee), Jack Wilshere (groin). QUESTIONABLE – Robert Snodgrass (knee), Lukasz Fabianski (thigh).

Liverpool: OUT – Sadio Mane (thigh muscle), James Milner (thigh), Nathaniel Clyne (ACL). QUESTIONABLE – Xherdan Shaqiri (calf).


Probable lineups

West Ham: Randolph; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Zabaleta; Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Antonio; Lanzini, Haller.

Liverpool: Alisson; Robertson, Gomez, van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Origi, Firmino, Salah.


What they’re saying

West Ham manager on being huge underdogs: “Everybody gets the chance to throw a punch at some point along the line, and sometimes you can get a lucky one. I’ve never gone into any game not expecting to win. Quite often, you don’t always win, but I really do expect the players to go out there, put a show on, and try and win. If that’s won by a set-piece, a flukey goal, I wouldn’t be bothered. That’s been my attitude throughout my whole career: I want to win. We’ll do everything we can to get points where we can.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on how West Ham will play: “It will be a rather defensive line-up [from West Ham]. If it’s four in the back or five in the back, I don’t know, but we have to be ready for a big fight. They want to strike back, they have a tough program coming up, everybody knows that. They have no points to waste, no time to waste.”


Prediction:

Liverpool is without Sadio Mane, and that’s notable in any Premier League match, but against West Ham it shouldn’t matter. The Reds have been utterly unbeatable defensively, and against a West Ham side missing Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, and Arthur Masuaku plus a banged up Robert Snodgrass, an eighth clean sheet in the last nine matches is likely. The Reds put on a clinic in a comprehensive 3-0 victory.