West Ham 1-1 Liverpool: Lacklustre Reds held again

Liverpool left the door open for Manchester City to go top of the Premier League after a lacklustre performance in their 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Sadio Mane gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead in controversial fashion at the London Stadium as James Milner was in an offside position before he crossed for the forward to score (22).

But Liverpool’s lead lasted just six minutes as Michail Antonio received Felipe Anderson’s disguised free-kick to flash in the equaliser (28).

Declan Rice and Mark Noble both had good opportunities to complete the turnaround before Divock Origi wasted a glorious chance to snatch it for Liverpool in stoppage time.

The result stretches Liverpool’s lead at the top to three points, but City would move top on goal difference if they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Javier Hernandez fired the first warning sign three minutes in, as he received Noble’s pass before shooting wide of Alisson’s left-hand post. Aaron Cresswell was next to go close with a rasping left-foot drive that narrowly missed the target, but Liverpool then broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Adam Lallana showed great skill to escape Cresswell, but Milner received his pass a yard offside before his cross evaded Issa Diop to allow Mane to fire beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham’s response was immediate. A foul from Fabinho allowed Anderson to find Antonio in the box and the 28-year-old forward flashed in the fourth goal of his career against Liverpool.

Three minutes before the interval, Liverpool’s defence was again vulnerable from a West Ham free-kick as Anderson found Rice unmarked, but the youngster’s header was off target.

Mane went close again before the interval with his header saved by Fabianski, but there were few notable openings in a cagey second period.

Noble lashed over from Robert Snodgrass’ cross with 17 minutes remaining as Liverpool struggled to break down West Ham’s dogged defence, but it looked like the visitors would snatch victory when Keita found substitute Origi in the third minute of stoppage time.

The Belgian had been the hero with his injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby earlier in the season but could only scuff his shot at Fabianski this time as two points slipped out of Liverpool’s grasp.

 

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