Liverpool looked mightily impressive in the first half of this evening’s clash against West Ham.
The Reds took the lead in the 21st minute when Mohamed Salah finished off a blistering counter-attack and it was 2-0 just three minutes later, Joel Matip turning the ball home from close range.
It was the sort of display that has left many fearing Liverpool’s attack. They were just devastating, playing with pace and energy, and West Ham couldn’t cope.
And this was a Liverpool side that was without Philippe Coutinho owing to injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started instead, with Salah joined in an attacking three by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Mane’s inclusion was something of a surprising given that Jurgen Klopp said on Friday he expected the Senegalese to play 25-30 minutes as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring injury.
But Liverpool fans will be delighted to have him back, with Mane playing a part in the opener.
Liverpool's blistering opener
It came when Liverpool cleared a West Ham corner, the ball falling to Salah. He passed to Mane and the pair proceeded to race towards Joe Hart’s goal with pace.
Aaron Cresswell, the only defender back, was left in an impossible position. Mane passed to Salah as soon as the space opened up and the Egyptian slotted the ball past Hart for his 11th goal in all competitions this season.
John Arne Riise was loving it
Liverpool led in the blink of an eye.
Former Red John Arne Riise was loving what he was watching, reacting on Twitter after the goal.
Riise loved what Oxlade-Chamberlain did
The Norwegian also gave special credit to Oxlade-Chamberlain, highlighting how the Ox made it difficult for any West Ham defender to get back into position with a run from right to left.
“Ox was frightening quick on that counter as well. Did a great run to open space up and make it hard for defender. Well done 👏🏻,” Riise wrote.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made a slow start to his Liverpool career following his summer move from Arsenal but he’s beginning to look settled.
The 24-year-old looked good in the 3-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League in midweek and Klopp will be delighted with the effort he showed in the build up to Salah’s goal.
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