Liverpool survived a rare night of struggle during this stellar season to beat West Ham United and close to inside four wins of the Premier League title as keeper Lukasz Fabiansk suffered an Anfield nightmare.
Victory suggests that Liverpool equal land league record of eighteen sequential wins, set by Manchester city from August to Dec 2017, with Jurgen Klopp’s side last dropping points in an exceedingly 1-1 draw with Manchester United in Oct.
The Hammers – whose fans staged protests against the club’s owners throughout – threatened to inflict Liverpool’s initial league defeat this term after they led midway through the half.
Liverpool took an early lead once Fabianski didn’t deal with a routine Gini Wijnaldum header however David Moyes’ side showed nice character to hit back through Issa Diop’s header, that ought to also have been kept out by Alisson.
And once substitute Pablo Fornals sweptback West Ham into the lead 9 minutes once the break Liverpool were faced with a fight to preserve their unbeaten 27-match league run.
It had been a poor show by their enthusiastically standards however their luck was in as Fabianski was the perpetrator once more, inexplicably permitting Mo Salah’s shot to squirm through his legs within the 68th minute.
There was a sense of inevitableness as Liverpool went for triumph and then it proved as Sadio Mane turned in with 9 minutes left once Trent Alexander-Arnold lofted the surprise Fabianski.
It was cruel on West Ham and Moyes, with Liverpool keeper Alisson having to provide a vital late block from substitute Jarrod Bowen.
Liverpool have rehabilitated their 22-point lead at the top and therefore the Hammers are left within the bottom 3.
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