It was own goals galore at Anfield as Liverpool made it two wins in their last two games with a 4-1 win over West Ham.

Coming off their dominant 5-1 victory over Norwich City on Wednesday, the Reds carried on from their mid-week game. They came out all guns blazing against Sam Allardyces' struggling side with Luis Suarez missing a few early chances.

However, West Ham did start fairly brightly themselves. Matt Jarvis' cross after 21 minutes was met by Modibo Maiga but was denied by an outstanding save from Liverpool 'keeper Simon Mignolet. 

But their good start began to disapear as Liverpool began waging their way on the Premier League strugglers

Raheem Sterling  missed an easy chance for the Reds as he was put through one and one after a phenomenal pass from Phillippe Coutinho who was excellent within the midfield again.

Sterling showed his inexperience as he tried to slot his shot past the West Ham goalkeeper instead of going around him for an easy tap in. This then was followed by several blocked shots and comfortable saves for Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Further pressure from Liverpool was shown throughout the first half and they eventually broke the visitors down just before half time. Suarez's shot from twelve yards out forced a top class save from Jussi Jääskeläinen. Yet a bit of misfortune occurred as the ball flew into Hammers defended Guy Demel which was unluckily guided into his own net with nothing he could do.

As the second half began, one Liverpool old boy was replaced by another as Joe Cole replaced Stewart Downing. 

And just as West Ham thought a new half meant a new start, £18m summer signing Mamadou Sakho scored his first goal for the Merseyside club. Steven Gerrard's free kick was whipped to the back post. It was met by a poor strike from the Frenchman however Martin Skrtel's pressure forced James Collins to help divert it into his own net.

Chances then went begging for the home side. Raheem Sterling fired a chance from eight yards out over the bar, then was denied as his left footed shot was stunningly saved by the 38 year old goalkeeper.

West Ham then managed to get themselves back into the game as Martin Skrtel scored his seond own goal in three games. The Slovakian defender was unlucky as he tried to clear the cross with West Hams Maiga lurking behind him, however could only find his own net.

The Hammers could have very well easily equalised after that as Maiga missed another simple chance. From six yards out all he had to do was throw his right boot to it to find the net but the Malian international went with his shooting foot that and saw his effort go out for a goal kick.

Victor Moses was then brought on to replace Raheem Sterling and the loan signing had a significant role in Liverpool's third goal. As Coutinho found Glen Johnson, Moses' movement into the middle freed up space for Liverpool's right back. Johnson's inch perfect cross found no other than Luis Suarez at the back post and rifled the ball past Jääskeläinen to notch his 14th goal of the league campaign.

It then got even worse for the London club. West Ham captain Kevin Nolan was given a straight red card for a very harsh tackle on Jordan Henderson.

The Uruguayan international could easily have been awarded the fourth goal too. He wriggled twisted and turned past defenders and shot from 20 yards out. His effort deflected against Andy O'Brien and left the 'keeper wrong-footed and stranded. 

After Chelsea losing away at Stoke City and Manchester City drawing away to Southampton, Liverpool now sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Arsenal who meet Everton tomorrow.


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