MOHAMED SALAH fired Liverpool to a crucial victory over Europe-chasing West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Hammers went into the match able to leapfrog their opponents into the top four with a win.
Mo Salah curled Liverpool into a stunning second-half leadCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
The Egyptian sealed the win by finishing off a blistering counterCredit: Reuters
The match started in cagey fashion, however, with clear-cut chances at a premium in the first-half.
And it took a moment of magic from the Egyptian King to breach West Ham’s defence 12 minutes into the second 45.
After being fed by substitute Curtis Jones, Salah curled a sumptuous effort past the helpless Lukasz Fabianski.
And if that was good, his second was even better.
Following a Liverpool corner, Trent Alexander-Arnold launched a blistering counter-attack, picking out Xherdan Shaqiri on the left flank with a raking diagonal pass.
The Swiss then found Salah with a sensational first time cross, with the forward simply prodding the ball past West Ham’s keeper to seal the points and close the gap on leaders Manchester City.
Gini Wijnaldum then capped off a perfect week for the Reds with five minutes to go by prodding home following Roberto Firmino’s unselfish square pass.
Craig Dawson grabbed a late consolation for the Hammers from an Adriy Yarmolenko corner.
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Gini Wijnaldum added a third for the RedsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Craig Dawson prodded home a late consolationCredit: AFP
Margins were fine during a cagey first halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Both managers looked to cajole their players from the touchlineCredit: AP:Associated Press
Jarrod Bowen tried to cause problems down the flankCredit: AP:Associated Press
James Milner, 35, was substituted moments before Liverpool’s openerCredit: AP:Associated Press