West Ham 1-4 Liverpool: Salah Nets Brace

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool: Salah Nets Brace

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah maintained his rich goalscoring form by netting twice as Juergen Klopp's side punished a woeful West Ham display to move sixth, level on 19 points with Chelsea who host Manchester United on Sunday, and Arsenal.

Some key wins have kept Bilic in a job, but the manner and nature of the first half collapse to Liverpool has enraged West Ham fans.

"On the other hand, the situation for West Ham is not good and as I said, two years ago, one year ago and now, the club is above every individual and that includes me".

Less than three minutes later the lead was doubled. Salah's scruffy low corner hit the hapless Mark Noble, forcing Hart into a decent save, and Matip couldn't miss with the rebound.

"We changed the system and yesterday was the first time we did it, 4-4-2, which looked maybe from the beginning like a very offensive line-up, we had a different idea - we wanted to defend deeper, more compact and using the space which we had for the counter-attacks", he said.

However, hope for West Ham lasted just 55 seconds.

Bilic at least has a ready-made Plan B. At half-time, Andy Carroll was thrown on for Fernandes in a 4-4-2 and straight from the kick-off, West Ham launched the ball towards him.

Salah took his tally to seven, one fewer than Premier League top scorer Harry Kane, and was joined on the scoresheet for Liverpool by Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

A 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool seems to have been the final straw for the club and Bilic, with the Hammers sitting just above the relegation zone heading into the global break.

"We will never know how it would have been if we don't score the first one, I think it was kind of an open game up until then". Ayew this time crossed to Lanzini at the back post, and Lanzini controlled the ball expertly on his chest before poking a smart finish past Simon Mignolet.

West Ham got back into the game 10 minutes after the break.

However, speaking to BT Sport, Klopp explained that the Dutchman had a good night and the swelling had "disappeared" by the time the players convened this morning.

"I have to talk to the chairman".

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