Reds extend PL lead to 19 points

English Premier League

Liverpool opened a 19-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night.

The runaway league leaders were without Sadio Mane, but Jurgen Klopp was still able to put out a solid line-up which saw Divock Origi replacing his Senegalese counterpart.

West Ham adopted a stubborn approach earlier on, but a challenge from Issa Diop on Origi after 33 minutes earned the visitors a penalty, which Mohamed Salah tucked away to put his side.

Liverpool closed in for a second two minutes after halftime, but West Ham shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski went down to tip Roberto Firmino’s snap-shot behind for a corner kick.

There was no denying Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who broke through to the area following a quick counter-attack to turn home Salah’s through ball on 52 minutes as the Reds doubled their advantage.

West Ham were in for a response two minutes later after a smart delivery across the area fell to Robert Snodgrass, who saw his first-time volley palmed for a corner by Alisson Becker.

The Reds could’ve had a third when Declan Rice darted into the area to get a shot in, but Alisson Becker turned him away with Trent Alexander-Arnold clearing against the post on 71 minutes.

Liverpool were denied a third eight minutes later when good work from Georginio Wijnaldum found Salah, who saw his effort strike the outside post.

The Hammers threatened a consolation with a smart header from Rice off a free-kick by Snodgrass, but Alisson was equal to the task as the Reds march to a 15th straight league win.