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West Ham's new manager revealed during first half v Liverpool

West Ham's new manager revealed during first half v Liverpool

Klopp revealed how Liverpool had hardly practised the 4-4-2 formation that they deployed against West Ham.

Bilic has been under pressure at West Ham for some time and the boss concedes talks with the chairman have been scheduled. "I know they are working hard, it's not about the effort, they are trying their best but it's not enough at the moment".

Liverpool made the most of their escape and opened the scoring with a lethal counter-attack in the 21st minute.

Both Mane and Salah are in the running for the 2017 African Player of the Year award. They have been supportive, very good to me in my two and half seasons, but the situation is very hard. Two early goals from set-pieces, though, meant Liverpool didn't need to prove themselves unsafe in open play.

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. Swansea City dropped into the relegation zone after slumping to a home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion. Lanzini floated around on the periphery, forced to spend too long on the left rather than in the centre where he can only play when West Ham have possession.

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.




Thousands of Hammers supporters left London Stadium early for the second home game in a row as the Hammers were left a point above the bottom three.

The in-form Andre Ayew came into this clash with three goals in his past two outings and he nearly added to that tally in the ninth minute. 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.

The bubbles were still streaming across the London Stadium when Liverpool immediately restored their two-goal lead.

The Hammers board have finally lost patience with the Croat, and he faces the chop during the upcoming worldwide break.

Salah got his second goal in the 75th minute after Mane played a through ball over the defence.

Michael Cox is the editor of zonalmarking.net and a contributor to ESPN FC.

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