Jürgen Klopp’s side romped to victory against a lacklustre West Ham, on the back of a superb attacking display, heading into the international break with momentum on their side.

Liverpool exorcised the ghosts of their recent defeat on the road against Tottenham Hotspur by demolishing a nervous and uninspired West Ham, recording just their second away win in six league games during the process.

Klopp made three changes to the Liverpool side that started last weekend’s game against Huddersfield. Sadio Mané made a return to the starting line-up with Daniel Sturridge dropping to the bench.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was given his first league start, owing to injuries to Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho.

Emre Can was also drafted back into the midfield, ahead of James Milner.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Saturday, November 4, 2017: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah prays as he celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In spite of suffering a rolled ankle, Wijnaldum recovered in time to start. The gaffer also decided to award the armband to Simon Mignolet, an interesting decision, despite the the absence of both Henderson and Milner.

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Set up as a 4-2-3-1 in chase, the Reds switched to a 3-4-3 while in possession, with Gomez covering at right back and Chamberlain and Moreno on the flanks.

It was West Ham who kicked off proceedings on a bright note though, egged on by a boisterous home crowd. Manuel Lanzini, Javier Hernández and André Ayew all looked seriously capable of hurting the Reds.

The former Swansea man came closest to punishing the visitors, with his shot rebounding off the post in just the eighth minute.

Some casual passing and cheap concession of possession by Liverpool early on did not help matters either. The Reds then conceded a corner which was cleared and fell to Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian’s first touch and vision was excellent as he passed the ball to Mané, with both speedsters setting off on a brilliant counterattack culminating in a Liverpool goal.

Minutes later, the Reds took a corner which, failing clearance, fell to Joel Matip as Hart did not gather or punch the ball strongly enough.

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The former Schalke defender grabbed his chance and within the first quarter, Liverpool had a two-goal lead out of nowhere.

The rest of the first half was drab, involving retention of possession by Klopp’s charges and amounted to nothing much.

Simon Mignolet caused some anxiety by dawdling around out of his area and failing to clear the ball with all the time in the world. Luckily for the Reds, it did not prove costly.

Slaven Bilić did what he could during the break, and also brought in an aerial threat with the introduction of Andy Carroll. A tweak in formation meant Lanzini was now on the flank and soon enough, caused mayhem in the Liverpool camp.

A cross which Gomez was guilty of defending poorly, led to the Hammers attacker taking the ball onto his chest before kicking it into the net. The deficit was halved but the hosts’ joy lasted less than a minute.

Roberto Firmino was on his way, dancing through the Hammers defence before laying it on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The former Arsenal man took a shot which Hart saved, but the Reds number 21 slotted home the rebound and restored the two-goal cushion.

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Liverpool’s attack returned to its fluent best thereafter, with the trio of Salah, Mané and Firmino dovetailing effortlessly, often joined in by the Ox.

Their efforts were rewarded in the 75th minute as Mané and Salah linked up once again, the Egyptian’s second of the night coming from a difficult angle.

Klopp introduced Lovren, Milner and Solanke late on, with the outcome in no doubt. Milner and Solanke came close to scoring, shooting just wide. Firmino aimed his shot just wide of goal too, before being substituted off.

Starting line-up: Mignolet, Klavan, Matip, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mané, Salah

Subs used: Lovren, Milner, Solanke

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