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Full-time: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool

  • Pressure increases on under-fire manager Slaven Bilic after listless West Ham are comprehensively beaten on their own patch once again
  • The returning Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah combine to devastating effect on the counter-attack after a West Ham corner is cleared
  • Joel Matip doubles the lead three minutes later, stroking home the rebound after a Salah corner is inadvertently deflected goal-bound by Mark Noble
  • Manuel Lanzini reduces the deficit 10 minutes after the break before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first Premier League start in Liverpool colours, immediately restores the two-goal cushion
  • An unmarked Salah drills home a fourth goal 15 minutes from time
  • Thousands of empty seats at the final whistle as West Ham stay 17th, just one point above the relegation zone
  • Liverpool secure back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since August and jump back above Burnley into sixth
Mohamed Salah

That is all for tonight, thanks for joining me. IBTimes UK will be back tomorrow to bring you live coverage of a potentially explosive Bonfire Night triple-header as Tottenham host Crystal Palace, Arsenal travel to Manchester City and Chelsea take on Manchester United. Everton also take on Watford at Goodison Park.

Goodbye for now.

Liverpool have turned a corner with three successive wins across all competitions since that hammering by Tottenham and reclaim sixth spot from in-form Burnley. Mane is back and in Salah they boast one of the very best signings of the summer.

They will hope the teams above them drop points tomorrow before their next game at home to Southampton on 18 November.

Another harrowing evening for West Ham, who remain 17th and just one point above the relegation zone. The last time they took only nine points from their first 11 matches, they were relegated from the Premier League.

The Hammers visit Watford after the international break, will Bilic still be in charge by then? Doubtful on that evidence.


West Ham 1-4 Liverpool

Three minutes of added time for the few West Ham fans remaining to endure.

Milner plays a nifty one-two with Salah and tries to set up Solanke, only for Reid to deflect the ball behind.

West Ham are all at sea in these closing stages. Just dreadful.

Liverpool could have seven or eight here as Firmino shoots over from a tricky angle.

A double change now for Liverpool as Lovren and Dominic Solanke replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino.

Milner, who replaced Mane a few minutes ago, pulls his shot wide after West Ham's defence are sliced apart once more.

Disgruntled home fans continue to stream out of the ground in their droves as Hart denies Salah his hat-trick following good work from Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Empty seats everywhere. Is this finally the end for Bilic?

London Stadium

The signing of the summer?


Lanzini gives the ball away cheaply in the opposition half and Liverpool pour forward on the counter-attack once again.

Mane drives through the middle and gets back on his feet after a half-hearted sliding challenge before floating a pass to Salah, who is left completely unmarked by Reid and Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Egyptian takes one touch before drilling a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Mohamed Salah

Goal: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah)

A wasteful ball from Moreno offers West Ham the chance to make their third and final change with around 18 minutes remaining.

Hernandez is replaced by Sakho.

Firmino races beyond Reid and Ogbonna and has the chance to put this game firmly to bed. However, he drags a low shot just wide of the far post and the score remains 3-1.

Mane shoots well wide after a nice flick from Firmino and Hernandez heads an enticing Arnautovic cross over the bar.

Mignolet confidently catches a looping cross and the physios are waved on after a collision between Can and Carroll.

Gomez pulls Arnautovic's shirt and Lanzini whips in a near-post free-kick that is headed over by Hernandez.

West Ham are dominating the game at the moment.

Bilic's second change sees Noble make way for Marko Arnautovic. The West Ham skipper appears to have picked up a knock as he quickly receives treatment and an ice pack in the dugout.

It's becoming difficult to keep up with an increasingly chaotic second half.

Lanzini is in again after good work from Carroll, but this time he blazes over from close range.

Bonkers stuff in east London as Liverpool restore their two-goal cushion immediately after conceding.

Oxlade-Chamberlain beats Hart at the second attempt after Lanzini had outmuscled Joe Gomez to prod beyond Mignolet.

What a sucker punch.

Manuel Lanzini
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Goal: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Goal: West Ham 1-2 Liverpool (Manuel Lanzini)

Can is the latest player to cop a Carroll elbow to the face. Purely accidental.

Salah tees up Mane on the edge of the box, but the Senegalese international's woeful shot balloons over the crossbar.

West Ham force an early corner before Reid is rightly cautioned for cynically scything down Mane.

One half-time change from Bilic, who replaces Fernandes with ex-Liverpool man Andy Carroll.

Can the towering striker make a difference?


Liverpool have barely had to shift themselves out of first gear yet still boast a two-goal lead, such has been the standard of opposition.

The importance of Mane demonstrated in that first goal. That front three is absolutely lethal when he combines with Salah.

A really awful first half from West Ham, who hit the post early on but then had the stuffing knocked out of them by two quick-fire goals. The supporters are restless and Bilic has a lot of work to do if he is to once again avoid the chop.

They cannot keep the ball or get anything going in the final third.

Slaven Bilic


West Ham 0-2 Liverpool

The boos ring out around London Stadium.

Mignolet fails to clear his lines after coming out of the box and ends up conceding a needless throw-in on the near-side.

Fernandes creates a bit of space and finds Lanzini, whose shot sails high into the stands.

Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of this first half.

The crowd make their feelings known as Noble turns on the halfway line and plays the ball all the way back to Hart. Nowhere to go.

Oxlade-Chamberlain floats an inviting ball over the top and only a poor first touch from Salah allows Reid to clear behind for a corner.

The Egyptian's subsequent delivery is claimed by Hart.


Salah somehow threads a pass between two West Ham defenders and Ogbonna is forced to block Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross.

West Ham are dawdling in possession and so slow to exact their own press on Liverpool. Not an effective combination, it's fair to say.

You can sense the home fans' frustrations.

Noble takes an obvious tumble under minimal to zero contact from Matip and is shown a yellow card for simulation.

Fernandes cannot control a pass and West Ham concede possession once more.

Carroll and Sakho are already warming up down the touchline.

Lanzini looks bright for West Ham but he just cannot quite thread the needle and work another scoring opportunity.

Per Opta, there were just 13 seconds between West Ham taking a corner and Salah scoring Liverpool's first goal. Rapid.


Two goals in three minutes and suddenly West Ham have an absolute mountain to climb.

Hart makes the save after Salah's corner is inadvertently deflected goal-bound by Noble and Matip is on hand to stroke home the rebound.

Bilic could be in big trouble here.

Joel Matip

Goal: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool (Joel Matip)

From defence to attack in the blink of an eye and Liverpool take a 22nd-minute lead.

After Lanzini's corner is headed clear, Salah and Mane speed forward on the counter. Fernandes then fails with a limp tackle in midfield and poor Cresswell has no chance of containing two of the quickest forwards in the division.

Salah eventually takes a touch to steady himself before slotting past the onrushing Hart. Clinical.

Mohamed Salah

Goal: West Ham 0-1 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah)

Can does well to slow Ayew before Edimilson Fernandes wins a corner off Moreno.

An inswinging free-kick from Lanzini is headed clear after Firmino fouls Mark Noble.

A very leisurely tempo to this game at the moment and a subdued crowd.

Hernandez receives treatment on his knee and looks OK to continue.

Joel Matip brings down Javier Hernandez after a mistake by centre-back partner Ragnar Klavan. Chicharito stays down in some discomfort, but the referee is unconvinced by the theatrical fall and waves play on.

Bilic is incensed on the touchline as Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to release Mane but considerably overcooks his pass.


Manuel Lanzini's through ball takes a big deflection into the path of Andre Ayew.

Mignolet hesitates for a split second and the Ghanaian forward clips an effort off the outside of the post and wide.

Cresswell tries to launch a West Ham attack against his boyhood idols down the left-hand flank.

No real threat from the hosts during these opening exchanges.

Obiang clatters Alberto Moreno early and Liverpool have a free-kick wide to the left.

The ball falls to Roberto Firmino at the back post, but Obiang and Joe Hart do just enough to thwart the Brazilian.

Roberto Firmino

After a poignant tribute to the fallen, we are underway in Stratford. Neil Swarbrick is your referee.

There's certainly no missing Liverpool's players in this luminous orange third kit.


A first Premier League start in Liverpool colours for this man today. Can he seize the opportunity?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Here's what Klopp has had to say on the surprise decision to deploy Mane from the first whistle...

He should be ready for more than 25 minutes. It looked so good and he has worked really hard. It was the first time training [with the team this week] but he did a lot in all of the other sessions.

He could have trained earlier - it was only because we were not there that he could not train with us. He has been in normal training for around about a week - so we let him start.

Klopp reveals that Henderson picked up a knock in training yesterday and was still set to start until being ruled out by the medical department earlier on...

Yesterday we started training with Hendo and he felt a little bit in his thigh after training.

We took him with us here and I thought he could play this morning. I talked to the medical department and - how it always is - Hendo wanted to play, but the medical department said the risk is too big.

So he's not even on he bench, that's not cool for us but we cannot change it.

In contrast, Wijnaldum looked likely to be sidelined until making great progress overnight.

Burnley's latest win at Southampton means that they temporarily leapfrog Liverpool into sixth. The two teams, now separated by three points, have an identical goal difference.

At the other end of the table, Steve Cook's dramatic stoppage-time winner for Bournemouth drops West Ham one place closer to the dreaded bottom three. They are now 17th.

Full-time scores

Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom

Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 0-1 Burnley

Swansea 0-1 Brighton

The full-time whistles are sounding across this afternoon's four 15.00 GMT kick-offs. We will have the scores for you in just a second.

In an entertaining lunchtime affair, Peter Crouch's late header salvaged a 2-2 draw for Stoke at home to Leicester.

Confirmation of that Henderson injury blow. Mignolet to captain Liverpool with vice-skipper Milner also dropping out...


Daniel Sturridge is the man benched in favour of Mane, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and contract rebel Emre Can come in for James Milner and Jordan Henderson. The latter has been ruled out with a thigh injury.

Wijnaldum is deemed fit to start and Lovren makes the bench.

Bilic replaces Fonte and Zabaleta with Reid and Pedro Obiang, while Cresswell also starts as expected.

Diafra Sakho and 18-year-old summer signing Sead Haksabanovic are promoted to the bench.


BREAKING: Sadio Mane STARTS for Liverpool this evening...

Official team news on the way in just a couple of minutes. Stay tuned...

Oft-maligned defender Dejan Lovren has reportedly been passed fit after a thigh injury, although Philippe Coutinho remains in the treatment room alongside Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan.

Adam Lallana should be in contention to make his return after the international break, while it remains to be seen if Georginio Wijnaldum will be fit after the Dutchman limped off in the early stages against Maribor.

Jurgen Klopp insisted that he would have to see how Mane reacted to his first sessions back with the squad for more than a month.

However, he sounded pretty optimistic that the player, who was originally expected to miss six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty, could get at least 20-25 minutes under his belt as a substitute this evening.

The manager is also hoping to reach a potential compromise with Senegal over Mane's involvement in a crucial pair of final 2018 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa.

Sadio Mane and Jurgen Klopp
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Jose Fonte was already considered as a major doubt for today's game, but West Ham have now been rocked by the news that the Portuguese centre-back will be sidelined for two to three months with the foot injury that forced him out of that 2-2 draw against Palace.

Bilic has something of a defensive selection headache with James Collins (ankle) and Sam Byram (thigh) out, while Pablo Zabaleta will serve a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season already at Selhurst Park.

However, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell have both trained after recovering from a calf issue and a dead leg respectively.

Antonio, meanwhile, is suffering from the recurrence of a rib injury and is not expected to return until the trip to Watford on 19 November.

Jose Fonte

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of the final round of Premier League fixtures before the season is rudely interrupted by another blasted international break.

While most of the fireworks have been reserved for Bonfire Night as Manchester City host Arsenal and Manchester United travel to Chelsea in two heavyweight clashes tomorrow, West Ham vs Liverpool is still a fixture that throws up plenty of intrigue.

The visitors, 4-0 victors at London Stadium in May, have responded well to that embarrassing drubbing by Tottenham, comfortably seeing off Huddersfield and taking another step towards the last 16 of the Champions League by successfully breaking down a more resilient Maribor side in midweek.

Slaven Bilic
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Their attempts to win successive top-flight matches for the first time since August could be boosted by the return of influential forward Sadio Mane, who may feature after taking part in training much sooner than expected.

The optimism sparked by West Ham's rousing Carabao Cup comeback defeat of London rivals Tottenham proved to be predictably short-lived as the Hammers were denied all three points by fellow relegation candidates Crystal Palace last weekend when Wilfried Zaha capitalised on a spot of naivety from Michail Antonio to equalise with literally the last kick of the game.

They have now gone three Premier League fixtures without a win and were brushed aside 3-0 by Brighton on home turf a fortnight ago.

Slaven Bilic remains under real pressure with his team perched just a single point above the relegation zone, although can take solace from the fact that all but one of the 16 goals Liverpool have conceded so far this season have come on the road.

The Reds have lost as many times in their last six meetings with West Ham as they had in the previous 25, so victory is certainly not completely beyond reach.