World News – UA – Liverpool reach top and tie home record as super sub Diogo Jota sinks West Ham


Who needs five replacements when two will? Jürgen Klopp may be defending the return of the five-substitute rule, but all Liverpool needed was a powerful introduction from Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri to complete another comeback victory, moving three points clear at the top of the league. Premier League and tie club record 63 unbeaten league games at Anfield

West Ham had good reason to denounce the quality on the Champions bench David Moyes’ side defended tenaciously, attacked dangerously – whenever they were able to take possession of Liverpool, that is – say – and delivered a performance that underscored the progress they are making this season Yet they still suffered the same fate as 28 of the previous 29 Premier League visitors to Anfield. Defeat

For the third league game in a row, Liverpool conceded the first but laughed last For the third game in a row and the second consecutive league game at home, Jota showed his worth even in a squad with talent world-class hitting by ranking on the scoresheet His winner came in at five minutes from the hour, a clinical finish after being released into the penalty area by a sublime pass from Shaqiri It would have been his second of the evening, but VAR and referee Kevin Friend have turned down another predatory finish from the Portugal international a few minutes earlier

« It shows the quality they can bring and probably why the other clubs didn’t want so many substitutes this season, » admitted the West Ham manager « You have to say it gives the bigger clubs a better chance if they have five submarines to bring in, but the well-being of the players is more important and I wouldn’t be against if the decision were overturned »

Klopp made his Premier League debut at Nathaniel Phillips in the heart of Liverpool’s defense with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip on the injured list The 23-year-old enjoyed a good game, commanding the zone and read his challenges well, and was named man of the match by Jamie Carragher, who knows a thing or two about the role

Joe Gomez, the more experienced of Liverpool’s two center-backs, was less convincing and less guilty for Pablo Fornals’ first breakthrough Angelo Ogbonna kicked off the opener with a smart pass from central defense to Jarrod Bowen, who had time and space to free Aaron Cresswell on the left Arthur Masuaku took over and entered the area where Gomez led what should have been routine clearance straight to the unmarked Fornals The Spanish midfielder sanctioned the foul with a low shot that beat Alisson via the foot of his right post

With Declan Rice alert and assured in the central midfielder, and the visitors dropping to 5-4-1 out of possession, Moyes’ side comfortably defended their lead for much of the first half. They had some losses, especially when Mo Salah sent Sadio Mané to run to goal with a skillful touch Cresswell cut the striker inside the zone but Friend stirred the play and, after West Ham was unable to break free, Jordan Henderson stepped aside Trent Alexander-Arnold, making his 100th Premier League appearance for his childhood club at 22, swept another decent free-kick chance into the wall

Liverpool were starting to struggle against the well-pierced shores of West Ham midfield and defense when they were awarded a slight penalty shortly before the break Curtis Jones passed Salah on the right of the box and he was caught in the calf by Masuaku as he controlled the ball There was contact and Salah took advantage of it Tellingly, there were no protests from the West Ham winger when Friend pointed out the spot and Salah pierced the kick in the mid-goal from Lukasz Fabianski

Moyes said: « I don’t think it was a penalty He threw himself to the ground Arthur thought the referee was going to do something to get Salah to the ground but it was going the other way « 

Fornals had to be more clinical when he missed two opportunities to reestablish West Ham’s lead early in the second half Both begged, and West Ham was ultimately forced deeper by Liverpool’s dominance in possession and Jota and Shaqiri’s fresh legs

Fabianski produced a smart save to refuse Mané after the Senegalese international was set up by Jota The ball turned to the substitute as the goalkeeper, Mané and Ogbonna all got down on the rebound and the the Portuguese international converted easily VAR, however, looked into a possible Mané foul as they challenged the free ball with Ogbonna and Fabianski A friend consulted his instructor and accepted Without a goal

But Liverpool, thanks to their substitutes, would not be denied a 52nd win in their unbeaten home record « Diogo is having a good time and is a good player », said Klopp « I am really happy that we were able to make this signature It’s a real win-win situation: we can help him and he can help us « 

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