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West Ham United v Liverpool Live Commentary, 07/11/2021

FT
3 - 2
WHU
LIV
Alisson (4 og)
Pablo Fornals (67)
K. Zouma (74)
T. Alexander-Arnold (41)
D. Origi (83)
London Stadium

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The Hammers are now level on points with Man City and are only three points behind Chelsea at the top of the table. Next up for them is a trip to Wolves. Meanwhile Liverpool drop to fourth and their unbeaten run of 25 games is over. They will look to get back to winning ways against Arsenal after the international break.
West Ham wrap up a superb victory over Liverpool to move up to third in the Premier League table and end Liverpool’s long unbeaten streak. It was 1-1 at the break, after an own goal from Alisson and a free-kick from Alexander-Arnold and both teams pressed forward in search of another early in the second period. It came in the 67th minute through Fornals after a quick counter by the Hammers, before Zouma extended their lead seven minutes later. Origi made it interesting late on, coming off the bench to make it 3-2, but Liverpool couldn’t find another and that’s how it finished.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WEST HAM 3-2 LIVERPOOL
90' + 3' Liverpool are throwing everything at West Ham now, but the hosts are defending well in numbers at the back and will be confident of seeing the game out.
90' + 1' HUGE CHANCE! How did he miss? Mane with a massive opportunity in stoppage time to level it for Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold chips a free-kick into the penalty area, which is met at the far post by Mane and he only has Fabianski to beat, but he somehow fires his header inches wide of the post.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
88' West Ham have everyone back behind the ball now and are soaking up the Liverpool pressure, trying to see the game out as we head into the final few minutes.
A. Masuaku
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
86' Another change by the Hammers as they look to hang onto the win. Benrahma is replaced by Masuaku.
V. Coufal
J. Bowen
West Ham United
84' West Ham had been preparing this change before the Liverpool goal, with Bowen the man coming off and he has been replaced by Coufal.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
Liverpool
83' Alexander-Arnold can't bring the ball down himself in order to get a shot away, so instead flicks it back to Origi, who produces an excellent finish to make it 3-2.
D. Origi
Goal
Liverpool
83' GOAL! LIVERPOOL PULL ONE BACK! It's 3-2! Henderson fires a ball into the path of Alexander-Arnold, but he can’t control it and it bounces to Origi, who takes a touch and then fires his effort into the bottom-right corner of the net. Lovely finish! Can Liverpool complete the comeback?
82' Decent chance! The ball falls nicely to Thiago on the edge of the box, but his effort takes a deflection and Fabianski makes a comfortable save.
T. Minamino
Fabinho
Liverpool
80' Final Liverpool change in an attempt to get something out of the game, with Fabinho replaced by Minamino.
78' West Ham have made the fewest changes to their starting XI in Premier League games this season (4), while no side have used fewer different players than the Hammers (18).
D. Origi
Diogo Jota
Liverpool
76' Liverpool make another change now, with Jota coming off and he has been replaced by Origi.
J. Bowen
Assist
West Ham United
74' That's two assists for Bowen now, delivering a superb corner into the penalty area, straight onto the head of Zouma, who makes no mistakes with the finish.
K. Zouma
Goal
West Ham United
74' GOAL! ZOUMA MAKES IT 3-1! It’s another superb corner delivery by West Ham and this time Zouma is on the end of it to fire it into the back of the net. Bowen whips a deep ball into the box and Zouma sneaks in at the far post completely unmarked and he powers a header past Alisson from a tight angle.
74' Antonio takes on Van Dijk once again! However, this time Antonio fires an effort towards goal himself, but Van Dijk makes a good block to turn it behind for a corner.
73' CHANCE! West Ham break forward on the counter once again! Antonio runs at Van Dijk and gets to the edge of the penalty area, before playing a pass through to Fornals, who forces a good save out of Alisson. However, the flag goes up for offside.
71' Liverpool have to come from behind to equalise again, but they don't have too long left on the clock in order to do so. The London Stadium is rocking at the moment, the home fans are well and truely behind their side.
Thiago Alcântara
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool
68' Liverpool make their first substitution following the goal, with Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off and he has been replaced by Thiago.
J. Bowen
Assist
West Ham United
67'  Bowen sprinted forward on the counter, pushing Liverpool back and he timed his pass through to Fornals to perfection, who coolly finished.
Pablo Fornals
Goal
West Ham United
67' GOAL! WEST HAM REGAIN THE LEAD! Liverpool lose the ball in the West Ham half and the hosts race forward on the counter-attack, with Bowen charging forward. He then lays it off to Fornals, who sprints to the edge of the box and fires a low strike towards the bottom-right corner of the net. Alisson gets a touch on it, but can’t stop it from flying in and West Ham lead 2-1!
65' Decent effort! Johnson tries his luck from distance after winning the ball back from Mane around 30 yards out. However, the right-back drags his effort wide of the Liverpool goal.
63' It's pretty scrappy in midfield, with Liverpool unable to exert their dominance in possession like they did in the first half. Much better by the Hammers and they are looking eager to push on and get a second goal.
61' West Ham look very dangerous from set pieces, always causing problems deep inside the penalty area with the height of some of their players. Liverpool need to try and not give any corners or free-kicks away in their own half.
59' It's fairly open at the moment, with possession switching between the two sides in midfield and we've seen both teams have a goalscoring chance in the second period.
57' Decent chance! Mane pulls the ball back from the byline and finds Salah just inside the box, who blasts an effort towards goal, but he gets too much on it and it flies over the crossbar.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Yellow Card
Liverpool
55' Alexander-Arnold is booked after he tugs the arm Benrahma as the winger looked to break forward on the counter-attack.
54' Since a run of six defeats in seven Premier League games in February and March, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 20 league games (W14 D6), scoring at least once in all 20 games (50 goals in total).
52' SAVE! Alexander-Arnold whips a cross to Robertson down the left wing, who then volleys a cross into the box for Mane, who drills a shot towards goal. However, it's straight at Fabianski, who makes a good save! Either side of the keeper and that would have been heading in.
50' OFF THE BAR! Dawson almost makes it 2-1! Fornals whips another superb corner delivery into the penalty area and Dawson gets his head to it, powering a header towards goal, but it strikes the top of the crossbar and over. So close!
48' Liverpool have started the second half enjoying a decent spell of possession, but West Ham are once again back in their formation and making it very difficult for the Reds to break through.
46' The second half is under way!
This one could go either way at the moment, as West Ham look dangerous on the counter-attack and have defended well so far. Meanwhile Liverpool have seen much more of the ball, but haven't been able to test Fabianski much in the Hammers goal.
It’s all square at the break, after Alexander-Arnold equalises late on to spare Alisson’s blushes, after the Liverpool keeper scored an own goal early on to fire the Hammers ahead. Alisson came off his line to try and punch a corner clear, but his touch sent the ball flying into the back of his own net in the 4th-minute. Liverpool responded well, but were frustrated by a resilient performance from West Ham, before Alexander-Arnold curled in a superb free-kick shortly before the break to make it 1-1.
45' + 8' HALF-TIME: WEST HAM 1-1 LIVERPOOL
T. Souček
Yellow Card
West Ham United
45' + 7' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Soucek, after he deliberately stops Jota in his tracks as Liverpool looked to break on the counter.
45' + 6' Great tackle! Van Dijk times his challenge to perfection to slide in and deny Bowen, just as the winger was about to pull the trigger in the box.
45' + 4' West Ham are just controlling possession in midfield at the moment, with Liverpool dropping off the pace in stoppage time. It looks like both teams will be heading into the break level.
45' + 2' ALMOST! Benrahma feeds Antonio in behind the Liverpool defence and it looks like the striker only has Alisson to beat, but he gets the ball stuck under his feet as he heads towards the penalty area. This allows Liverpool to get players back and clear the danger.
45' There will be a minimum of six minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
43' Alisson is a very relieved man now, his mistake early on hasn't cost Liverpool and it now looks like they will go into the break level.
Mohamed Salah
Assist
Liverpool
41' It looked like either Salah or Alexander-Arnold would be stepping up to take the free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Ultimately Salah turns provider, creating a better angle for his team-mate, who superbly finished.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Goal
Liverpool
41' GOAL! LIVERPOOL EQUALISE! What a free-kick by Alexander-Arnold! The right-back rolls the ball to Salah, who stops it and Alexander-Arnold then curls the ball over the top of the West Ham wall and into the top right corner of the net. Fabianski had no chance of stopping that, he could only watch it fly in. It’s 1-1!
39' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can Liverpool score an equaliser before the half-time whistle? Or, will West Ham be able to extend their lead?
37' This is better from Liverpool, they have picked up the pace a bit and are trying to get an equaliser before the break. However, they still haven't created anything to trouble Fabianski and the Hammers have kept Salah quiet.
35' Decent chance! Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to deliver a cross into the box from the left wing, but it's blocked and cleared, but only to Alexander-Arnold, who fires a volley towards goal. However, Fornals puts him under pressure and the effort flies high over the crossbar.
34' The home supporters are loving this performance from their side, as it stands they would move up to third in the table, level on points with Manchester City and just three behind Chelsea at the top.
32' The visitors need to pick up the pace of their game, as it is too slow and very easy for the Hammers to defend against. They also need to be careful of the counter, as West Ham have tried that a couple of times already.
30' We’re at the half an hour mark now and it remains West Ham who lead 1-0, after Alisson's own goal after four minutes. However, Liverpool are now dominating, but are yet to test Fabianski.
28' Liverpool are finding it very difficult to break through West Ham, as they are getting so many players back, that there isn't any time or space in the final third for the visitors to exploit.
26' Liverpool have won four of their last five away league games against West Ham (D1) and are looking to win three in a row at the Hammers for the first time since doing so between 2003 and 2007.
24' West Ham are having to soak up a bit of pressure at the moment, they are sitting deep as Liverpool are enjoying the majority of the possession in the middle of the pitch.
C. Dawson
A. Ogbonna
West Ham United
22' Here is the enforced change, with Dawson heading onto the pitch, replacing Ogbonna.
21' Ogbonna is back in the wars! The centre-back clashes with Jota and now has a head injury, so he is receiving more treatment for that. He's surely going to have to come off now.
19' It looks like Ogbonna is going to try and continue for the time being, he's back on the pitch and seems to be running around fine, so Dawson can sit back down on the bench.
17' Stoppage in play here as Ogbonna has a problem for West Ham and is receiving some treatment on the pitch. It looks like Dawson might be getting ready to come on in his place.
15' This could be a very interesting game today, between two teams in fine form and battling for a place at the top. West Ham hold the early advantage.
13' Since doing the league double over Liverpool in 2015-16, West Ham are winless in their last 10 Premier League games against the Reds (D2 L8).
11' Liverpool are seeing more of the ball now in midfield, but they are unable to get it near the final third to try and create a goalscoring opportunity.
9' POSSIBLE RED CARD! Cresswell dives into a challenge with Henderson and gets the ball, but catches Henderson high on his leg with the follow through and VAR are taking a look. However, it was accidental and nothing more is given by the officials.
7' Liverpool complained about the goal decision, but nothing is changing the referee's mind now. It just looked like poor goalkeeping from Alisson.
6' VAR have a good long look at the West Ham goal, checking for a possible foul on Alisson and handball by Ogbonna, but can't see anything wrong with it and the goal stands. West Ham lead 1-0!
Alisson
Own Goal
Liverpool
4' GOAL! WEST HAM TAKE THE LEAD! Fornals whips a corner into the penalty area, looking for Ogbonna at the near post, but he misses it and Alisson rushes out and tries to punch the ball clear. However, the keeper ends up getting the slightest of touches on it and the ball flies into the far corner of the net! An own goal by the Liverpool keeper! What a start by West Ham!
3' Good counter! Antonio breaks forward and takes on Van Dijk down the left wing, but the Hammers striker can't pick out a team-mate in the box as his cross is turned behind for a corner.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Meanwhile Liverpool have made four changes to their starting line-up, with Konate, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino missing out and they have been replaced by Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Jota coming in.
West Ham are unchanged from the side that beat Villa last weekend, with the formidable front four of Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals and Antonio all featuring up top.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Takumi Minamino, Tyler Morton, Thiago, Neco Williams, Ibrahima Konate, Divock Origi, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Caoimmhin Kelleher, Nathaniel Phillips.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
WEST HAM SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Craig Dawson, Vladimir Coufal, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble, Alex Kral, Ryan Fredericks, Manuel Lanzini.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ben Johnson, Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
Meanwhile Liverpool suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw against Brighton last weekend, despite having led 2-0 in the first half. A win today would send them back up to second in the table, just one point behind Chelsea at the top.
Just two points separate West Ham and Liverpool in the table, with Liverpool in third and West Ham fourth. The Hammers are on a three-games winning streak in the league, having beaten Aston Villa 4-1 last time out.
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