Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah heads in direction of objective through the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on January 29, 2020.
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Liverpool moved an unbelievable 19 points clear on the high of the Premier League as Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a 2-0 win at West Ham on (*19*).
Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have turned the title race right into a procession and the runaway leaders noticed off struggling West Ham to make it a exceptional 23 victories from 24 league video games this season.
Salah opened the scoring with a first-half penalty on the London Stadium and Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up Liverpool‘s 15th successive league win after the interval.
Second-placed Manchester City are now so far behind Liverpool that the question is not if but when the Reds clinch their first English league title since 1990.
The Reds have won 31 of their past 32 league fixtures, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October.
With 14 games left, Liverpool‘s incredible run has given historic overtones to their impending title coronation.
The European and World champions are now 41 games unbeaten in the league — just eight away from the 49-match English top-flight record set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ throughout 2003 and 2004.
Matching that Arsenal staff’s achievement in going a complete league season with out defeat is inside Liverpool‘s reach, as is Manchester City’s Premier League document of 100 points.
Liverpool‘s latest success on a chilly night in east London will be just a footnote when the full story of their likely title triumph is written, but they still managed to record another small piece of history.
They have now beaten all 19 of the other teams in the league at least once this season — the first time the club have achieved that feat in the top-flight.
Klopp attracted criticism for announcing he and his first-team players won’t be current for the FA Cup fourth-round replay towards Shrewsbury subsequent week because it falls throughout the Premier League’s winter break.
Instead, Klopp will ship Liverpool‘s youth team to the match, but at this rate, they will win the title so early that his stars will have plenty of time to put their feet up in the final weeks of the domestic season.
– Swaggering Liverpool –
Faced with West Ham’s massed defence and missing the tempo and penetration normally offered by the injured Sadio Mane, Liverpool initially monopolised possession with out a innovative.
Salah and Jordan Henderson lastly mixed to open up West Ham for the primary time.
Andrew Robertson was the beneficiary and the left-back’s clip over Lukasz Fabianski was trickling in direction of the goalline when Issa Diop obtained again to clear.
It wasn’t classic Liverpool however their strain finally produced Salah’s opener from their first shot on course within the thirty fifth minute.
Roberto Firmino deftly managed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s move and flicked the ball into the six-yard field, the place Divock Origi was bundled over by Diop.
Jonathan Moss awarded the penalty and, after a prolonged VAR examine for a doable handball within the build-up, Egypt ahead Salah stepped as much as ship Fabianski the unsuitable method for his sixteenth objective of the season.
Manuel Lanzini wasted a golden alternative to equalise early within the second half when the West Ham winger scuffed straight at Alisson Becker.
Firmino virtually doubled Liverpool‘s lead when he swivelled onto Robertson’s cross and compelled Fabianski to save lots of.
Liverpool‘s second goal punished David Moyes’ staff in ruthless fashion as they authored a swaggering counter-attack within the 52nd minute.
Breaking from a West Ham nook, Henderson discovered Salah and he flicked an excellent move with the surface of his boot to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who raced clear to fit a cool end previous Fabianski.
Liverpool have been nonetheless surprisingly creaky on the again, however Angelo Ogbonna headed over from close-range.
Declan Rice’s effort was saved by Alisson, with the rebound deflected onto the publish by Alexander-Arnold, earlier than Alisson denied Rice with one other tremendous cease