The last trip Liverpool made to London ended in disaster and prompted serious questions over Jurgen Klopp’s future after his defence capitulated.
Spurs ran riot smashing the Reds for four in the process. Fast forward two weeks and this time Liverpool left London on the right side of a 4-1 result.
West Ham’s current problems have been well documented and it looks as if the defeat to Liverpool may well earn Slaven Bilic the sack but that shouldn’t detract from what was a top performance by the Reds at the London Stadium.
It also means that they have scored 10 goals in their last 3 games and currently look irresistible going forward. The fluidity Klopp’s troops are showing is a reminder of why the Liverpool owners broke the bank to secure his signature.
The attacking display they are putting on is a welcome distraction from the defensive problems that were highlighted against Spurs.
Whilst the jury is still out on their defence, there is room for optimism as they may have enough options up front to secure a successful season still. The return of Sadio Mané against the Hammers was a huge boost.
The Senegalese winger showed just why there was cause for real concern once he pulled his hamstring on International duty in early October.
Now fighting fit again, Mané put on a terrific performance against West Ham and came away with two assists. The combination he has with Salah will have opposition defences working overtime on the training pitch before a Liverpool fixture.
Danny Ings’ return to competitive football is also another string in Liverpool’s attacking bow. The former Burnley star has fought back from two serious knee injuries and looks to have made a complete comeback.
Ings netted four times for the u23’s in a win over Bristol City and Klopp will be delighted at the prospect of having him fit again.
The Liverpool manager was thought to be open to the idea of letting Ings go out on loan to the Championship to regain competitive match practise. Leeds are thought to be interested.
With the Whites having scored only 5 goals in their last 8 games, they will no doubt pursue Ings with some vigour.
The West Yorkshire club are desperate for goals again as their chances of automatic promotion look all but gone, with them at 40/1 in the latest Championship betting to go up automatically.
With Daniel Sturridge starting to find his scoring boots, Ings may well be given the chance to get match fit elsewhere.
As it stands for Klopp, he will be feeling a lot more upbeat since the mauling at Spurs. The German manager’s attacking options are increasing and the results are improving.
The fixture list also provides more respite with Liverpool only playing one of the current top 4 in their next 7 league games.
Quite amazingly, the Reds only find themselves 4 points off 2nd and have scored more goals than Chelsea and a Spurs side with a prolific Harry Kane in.
Liverpool’s offensive threat could be enough to see them get back into the top four by the New Year.