Salah sends resurgent Liverpool third

English Premier League

Premier League champions Liverpool continued their resurgence with a 3-1 victory away at West Ham United on Sunday evening.

The Reds made three changes from the morale-boosting win over Tottenham Hotspur, as Nathaniel Phillips took the place of the injured Joel Matip, while Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were recalled.

Jurgen Klopp's charges took the initiative to attack in the early stages but they could not penetrate the compact West Ham defence.

The Hammers came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute with a scramble inside the box that forced Andrew Robertson to head  Mohamed Benrahma's looping shot away from goal.

Michail Antonio had a chance to break the deadlock for the hosts just before the break after receiving a cross unmarked at the back post but his header lacked power and Alisson gathered.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Salah finally broke the deadlock for the Reds just before the hour-mark with a curling strike into the top corner after he was given space to cut inside into his favoured left foot inside the box.

Salah doubled Liverpool's lead in the 68th minute after receiving a first-time pass from Shaqiri, before taking one touch to lob the advancing Lukasz Fabianski.

Georginio Wijnaldum put the game to bed with Liverpool's third goal in the last six minutes after a close-range tap-in from Roberto Firmino's cut-back.

Craig Dawson pulled a goal back for West Ham three minutes later with a strike from close range after Liverpool failed to clear a corner but it was too little too late, as the Reds clinched a 3-1 win that that took them up to third on the table.

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