Title blow for Liverpool

Mohamed Sala

Mohamed Sala

LIVERPOOL were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham at London Stadium, leaving their advantage over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League at three points.

Pep Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday to cut the deficit at the top of the table to just two points but an out-of-sorts Liverpool were unable to re-open the five-point advantage that they held at the start of the weekend.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the visitors with just 22 minutes gone, in rather controversial circumstances with assist-provider James Milner clearly offside, but West Ham rallied and levelled following a smart free-kick routine just minutes later, with Michail Antonio peeling off Naby Keita to slot past Alisson.

Jurgen Klopp’s side pressed for much of the second period but were unable fashion much in the way of clear-cut chances and it was West Ham, through Mark Noble, who could have taken all three points but his effort was a fraction high, with the draw moving Liverpool on to 62 points, three clear of City, with Spurs a further two points back on 57.

West Ham started the game on the front foot, and twice went close to an opener early on, before Liverpool’s luck was in, as Milner, from an offside position, set up Mane to break the deadlock, finishing well on the turn to take his Premier League tally to 11 this season.

Undeterred, the hosts kept coming at Liverpool and were level less than six minutes later, with Antonio converting a well-worked free-kick routine to score his fourth goal in five games against Liverpool – more than he has managed against any other side – before Declan Rice could have turned the match on its head just before the interval but headed over when unmarked in the box.

After the break, West Ham retreated deeper into their half, allowing Liverpool to enjoy plenty of possession, without ever really being troubled at the back, leaving Jurgen Klopp with plenty to ponder. – Eurosport

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