Sadio Mane for the second time running clinched the winner for the Red Devils as Liverpool defeated struggling West Ham United 3-2 in the Premiere League. They now need just three more victories to lift EPL League Shield.
It was a game the Hammers thought they would use to spring out of relegation when Diop banged in the equalizer three minutes after Wijnaldum gave Liverpool the opener in the 9th minute as they occupy the 18th position on the league table.
With the first half ending one all, West Ham showed they were desperate to move out of the relegation zone as they bagged three yellows from Ref Mike Jones and conceded 10 fouls as against Liverpool’s four also clinching the leader in 54th minute before Mo Sallah’s replied second goal in the 68th minute and Sadio Mane sealed the winner 9 minutes to full time. Sadio won their last game for Liverpool with a lone goal against Norwich.
West Ham only won a match at Anfield in 46 league games since 2015 and in their last five meetings now it was the Red Devils all the way. On 24th February 2018 Liverpool won 4-1; 12th August 2018 Liverpool won 4-0; 4th February 2019 at Anfield it was 1-1 draw; in this season opener between them on the 29th of January at West Ham Liverpool scored twice and now it was a slim 3-2 victory for the Reds who again did not walk alone.
The win on Monday night football has equaled 21 games win set by Liverpool itself between January to December 1972 and are one game short of Manchester City’s all time English top flight record of 18 set between August and December of 2017.
Two African players in the Liverpool team are looking forward to upsetting former England Captain Michael Owen’s record as Mohammed Salah need just a goal to become the first Liverpool player since Owen set in 2002/2003 to score 20 goals for the Reds in three successive seasons in all competitions.
Sadio Mane’s goal Monday night reduced his target to achieve same feat as he needs just three more goals.
Monday night c=victory of the Reds without a loss now gives them 79 points to 57 of their next contender, Manchester City who are second on the table; Leicester has 50 points; Chelsea 44; Manchester United is 5th with 41 and Spur is 6th with 40. Arsenal, known as the Gunners are tucked away in the middle of the table.
Norwich is rocking the bottom with 18 points; Watford is 19th with 24 points together with West Ham who have a goals difference edge while Aston Villa is 17thwith 25 points.