Liverpool continued their winning streak in the Premier League with a convincing 3-1 victory over West Ham United at Anfield. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Diogo Jota propelled Jurgen Klopp’s side to their fifth consecutive league win, moving them into second place in the standings.
Uruguay international Nunez showcased his talent by scoring in back-to-back games for the first time since February. His superb 60th-minute volley, courtesy of an exquisite lofted pass from Alexis Mac Allister, restored Liverpool’s lead after Jarrod Bowen’s diving header had canceled out Salah’s earlier penalty. Salah’s spot-kick marked his 12th goal in his last 13 appearances at Anfield.
Substitute Diogo Jota sealed the victory late in the game, as Liverpool continued their impressive form by scoring at least three goals in their opening three home league matches for only the second time in the last 43 years.
While Jota’s contribution was crucial, it was Nunez who caught the eye with his growing integration into the team. Previously, Liverpool had often played with a false nine in Roberto Firmino, but Nunez’s hold-up play and improved understanding with his teammates have added a new dimension to the team’s attack.
Nunez played a key role in the build-up to Salah’s penalty, initiating a rapid counter-attack on the left flank before releasing Luis Diaz and charging into the area himself. Although he didn’t manage to connect with the return pass, Salah was in the right place to pick up the loose ball. He was ultimately tripped by West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd, resulting in the penalty.
West Ham had their opportunities to score as well, with Alisson making a crucial save to deny Tomas Soucek’s header. Michail Antonio also squandered a chance, directing a header wide from close range.
Liverpool threatened to extend their lead, with Mac Allister shooting wide on a counter-attack and Salah narrowly missing a shot from Van Dijk’s diagonal pass, which inadvertently almost found Nunez.
However, West Ham showed their resilience and equalized just before halftime. Bowen won the initial header, and Vladimir Coufal provided a cross that Bowen met with a diving header in front of Virgil van Dijk, directing it inside the far post.
In the second half, West Ham adopted a more defensive approach, making it challenging for Liverpool to create clear-cut chances. Nunez had a snap-shot go wide, and Salah managed to find space to set up Nunez, but Alphonse Areola made a double save to deny the opportunity.
Nunez’s breakthrough came when he lashed home Mac Allister’s delicate chip from 15 yards out, finding the back of the net near the penalty spot. Jones also had a goal disallowed for offside, and Areola made impressive saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
Jota sealed the victory for Liverpool, stabbing home from close range after Van Dijk’s knockdown from a corner in the 85th minute. The result extended David Moyes’ winless record at Anfield to 20 visits.
Liverpool’s performance showcased their attacking prowess and the impact of their new signings. The team’s winning streak has them in a strong position in the league, and fans will hope they can maintain their momentum as they aim for further success in the season.