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    West Ham United 1-4 Liverpool Match Report

    Liverpool won for the third time in a week against a below-par West Ham side, which turned out to be the final game of Slaven Bilic's two-and-a-half year spell as manager of The Hammers.

    The Croatian was sacked on Monday following a run of just two wins from the first 11 games of the season, with Saturday's sixth defeat of the campaign condemning the club a place in the bottom-three.

    It was always going to be an uphill task against a rampant Liverpool team, who produced a devastating counter-attacking performance in which they showed a clinical touch in front of goal while restricting their opponents to only one effort on target.

    The home side did begin the encounter brightly, however, and were unfortunate not to take a ninth-minute lead when Andre Ayew reached Manuel Lanzini's deflected pass but his deft finish over the onrushing Simon Mignolet grazed the outside of the post.

    Slaven Bilic's men continued to press for the all-important opening goal but they fell victim to one of the away side's trademark counter-attacks as the visitors made a 21st-minute breakthrough courtesy of Mo Salah's 11th goal of the season.

    Salah and the returning Sadio Mane began a devastating move after Lanzini's corner was easily cleared, with the Egyptian confidently slotting the ball past Joe Hart having been put through on goal by Mane's excellent return pass.

    Liverpool duly doubled their lead three minutes later when Salah's corner took a wicked deflection off Mark Noble, which Hart could only palm into the path of Joel Matip to bundle the ball home from three yards.

    The Hammers, to their credit, responded well at the start of the second-half and pulled a goal back when Lanzini expertly controlled Ayew's cross with his chest before guiding the ball past Simon Mignolet with the outside of his right foot.

    The comeback proved short-lived, however, as the visitors effectively sealed all three points a minute later when Firmino's run and pinpoint pass presented a chance for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which he converted at the second attempt from four yards.

    Despite their latest devastating blow, The Hammers continued to create chances but Lanzini duly fired over the bar after being picked-out by Andy Carroll's clever pass while Javier Hernandez was unable to find the target from a Marko Arnautovic cross.

    Liverpool also had an excellent opportunity of their own to extend their lead but Roberto Firmino pulled an effort wide from 12 yards after his powerful run had taken him past three West Ham defenders on route to goal.

    The clinical nature of Liverpool's finishing ultimately proved the difference between the sides on the day and it was evident once more with 15 minutes remaining as Salah drilled the ball into the bottom right-hand corner after being picked-out by Mane's measured pass.

    A devastated Slaven Bilic looked resigned to his fate long before the final whistle, with his team failing to force Mignolet into making a save throughout the match despite enjoying 48 per cent of the possession.

    His successor David Moyes will need to inject some confidence into an underperforming group of players when they return from the upcoming international break, with ninth-place Watford providing the next opposition on November 19.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, completed a very successful week with a third successive victory which elevates the club to fifth-place in the table ahead of Arsenal, who lost 3-1 to Manchester City on Sunday, on goals scored.

    Jurgen Klopp will hope to have several key players including Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum back to full-fitness when his players return to action on November 18 with the visit of 13th-place Southampton.
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