Liverpool v West Ham United: Live matchday blog
Sadio Mane's late winner saw Liverpool beat West Ham United 3-2 at Anfield to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League to 22 points.
Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring early on, but Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals put the visitors 2-1 up.
Mohamed Salah then equalised, before Mane struck in the 81st minute to rack up an 18th successive top-flight win for the Reds.
The manager's verdict
Jürgen Klopp offered his assessment of Liverpool's 18th successive Premier League win during his post-match press conference at Anfield.
Click here to read what he told the assembled members of the press in full.
The Scouser in our team 🤩 Two assists and the Man of the Match award, @trentaa98 🔥 https://t.co/LRAyCBanKy— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 23:13
And here is how the top of the table looks...
All the facts, stats and much more from tonight, courtesy of Opta...
Grit, determination, character. We always fight to the end!! https://t.co/78cPTYZbAr— andrewrobertso5 (Andy Robertson) 24th Feb 22:56
"MANEEEEE SCORES, 3-2, GET IN THEREEE!!" 🔊🆙 https://t.co/QmH5Vbpgm0— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 22:37
After ANOTHER boss performance, @trentaa98 has a message for the fans 👏🔴 https://t.co/WYBebLqNAj— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 22:27
"One more step to go and we're looking forward to it. It's our dream for the club, the fans and the players" - Sad… https://t.co/BpOkg1ucwD— premierleague (Premier League) 24th Feb 22:18
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW 1⃣8⃣ @premierleague wins in a row 🔥 https://t.co/t24jC1Lcr8— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 22:03
Another league win at Fortress Anfield for the great @LFC. This record-breaking run continues. Unbeaten in last 44… https://t.co/i2VHoovbcg— Linda_Pizzuti (Linda Pizzuti Henry) 24th Feb 22:03
Tonight @LFC EQUAL ENGLISH TOP DIVISION RECORD OF 1️⃣8️⃣ SUCCESSIVE WINS (also Man City in 2017) EQUAL THEIR ENG… https://t.co/zXii9HCisH— SkySportsStatto (Sky Sports Statto) 24th Feb 21:59
21 - @LFC have won their last 21 home Premier League games, equalling the English top-flight record for consecutive… https://t.co/zoXmLvifft— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 24th Feb 21:54
Liverpool 3-2 West Ham
Sadio Mane’s 81st-minute winner sees the Reds edge a five-goal thriller at Anfield.
Gini Wijnaldum gave Liverpool an early lead, but Issa Diop levelled quickly and it was all square at the break.
Pablo Fornals then put the visitors ahead nine minutes into the second half, but the Premier League leaders responded strongly, with Mohamed Salah equalising before Mane struck to settle it late on.
The Reds remain unbeaten in the top flight this season and now sit 22 points clear at the summit of the table.
Chance for West Ham.
Noble's shot is deflected wide and the corner is cleared by Robertson.
Mane departs to a standing ovation, with Matip on for the final few minutes.
Five minutes have been added on.
Great save, Ali!
Bowen gets in behind and tries to dink over Alisson, but the No.1 turns it behind for a corner from which Cresswell shoots over after the Reds partially clear.
Mane has a second disallowed for offside after a lovely move from the Reds.
8 - Liverpool’s Sadio Mané has been directly involved in eight goals in his last six Premier League appearances ag… https://t.co/7FCkmivsa0— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 24th Feb 21:41
A third and final sub for West Ham as Bowen comes on for Snodgrass.
Gomez sees a shot blocked but Alexander-Arnold beats Fabianski to the loose ball and crosses, with Mane on hand to convert at the back post!
Alisson saves from Haller after West Ham break.
Salah gets on the end of a cross at the back post - his effort is saved and Firmino nods the loose ball onto the post.
The noise levels have increased considerably here now!
Alexander-Arnold whips in yet another great delivery that Diop does well to turn behind for a corner.
Liverpool are pushing for a winner...
Yes! The Reds are level as Salah's low, first-time shot from Robertson's cut-back squirms through Fabianski's legs and over the line.
A second sub for West Ham - Haller is on for Anderson.
Firmino heads over after Liverpool's third corner in quick succession.
Alexander-Arnold lets fly from range after a short corner but Fabianski claws it away.
The pressure is building.
Robertson smashes in a cross that's just too high for Salah at the back post.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's first real involvement sees him blast a shot wide from distance.
An immediate change from the boss, with Oxlade-Chamberlain brought on in place of Keita.
Fornals makes it 2-1 to West Ham as he sweeps in Rice's cross from the right.
West Ham are forced into an early change in the second half, with Fornals replacing Soucek.
A great start to the half by the Reds as Alexander-Arnold strides forward and sets up Firmino, but the Brazilian curls over as he tries to find the top corner.
Salah gets us restarted.
Liverpool are kicking towards the Kop in this second 45.
The story of that first half in stats...
Liverpool 1-1 West Ham
It’s all square at the break here at Anfield.
Gini Wijnaldum gave the Reds an early lead with a fine header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wonderful cross, but the visitors equalised quickly as Issa Diop nodded in Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
Liverpool enjoyed the better of it after that without ever really clicking into top gear, with Virgil van Dijk going closest to a second when he glanced Alexander-Arnold’s corner onto the crossbar.
We're into one minute of added time.
Off the bar!
Alexander-Arnold curls a free-kick goalwards that takes a nick off the wall and goes behind for a corner. The right-back then whips in a brilliant corner that Van Dijk glances onto the crossbar.
Trent goes close!
The Reds win the ball back off a West Ham throw-in and Firmino feeds Alexander-Arnold, but his shot flashes wide.
Firmino tries his luck from range but the No.9's powerful shot is always rising and clears the bar.
Mane nutmegs Snodgrass and looks to curl a shot into the far corner, but his attempt is blocked.
Liverpool have resumed control of the game after Diop's equaliser, but West Ham are standing firm at present and have offered some threat of their own on the break.
defenders with more than 10 assists in a PL season Hinchcliffe 1994-95 Baines 2010-11 Robertson 2018-19 Alexander-… https://t.co/glWTJriAxf— oilysailor (Duncan Alexander) 24th Feb 20:20
Robertson drills a pass out to Salah, who cuts inside on his left foot and bends a shot towards the top corner that Fabianski tips over.
West Ham level as Diop heads in from a corner.
Get in, Gini!
The ball looked to be running out for a corner after some neat interplay between Keita and Salah - but Alexander-Arnold had other ideas, the right-back digging out a sensational cross that Wijnaldum nodded home.
Liverpool are dominating possession in these early stages and have won a couple of corners, before Andy Robertson curled a shot over the bar.
After a period of applause in memory of Brian Jackson, the former Liverpool player who passed away earlier this month, West Ham get us under way.
The Reds are attacking the Anfield Road end in this first half.
And now the sides emerge from the tunnel, the Reds being led out by Virgil van Dijk.
Kick-off is just a few moments away.
The teams have just been read out and the atmosphere is building nicely inside Anfield...
📸 @MoSalah 📸 #LIVWHU https://t.co/BTFaoxuaR9— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 19:24
Behind closed doors
The Reds have arrived 💪🔴 #LIVWHU https://t.co/SshvnTL45j— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 19:06
Our team to take on @LFC tonight... #LIVWHU https://t.co/HXZ1HQlDVM— WestHam (West Ham United) 24th Feb 19:00
The teamsheet shows just one change for the Reds – and it sees Naby Keita come in for the injured Jordan Henderson.
Virgil van Dijk will wear the captain’s armband, while James Milner is ruled out as a precaution due to a slight muscle strain.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip.
Alisson Becker takes care of the pre-match media duties here at Anfield...
BACK. AT. ANFIELD. 🤩 Join us LIVE, as we build up to tonight’s clash with @WestHam 💪 #LIVWHU Matchday Live, prese… https://t.co/teSYsLQ5I8— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 18:20
View from the opposition
We spoke to Hammers season ticket holder and blogger Vinny Ryan ahead of the game for a lowdown on what to expect from the visitors.
"If Antonio is in full swing, he is so unpredictable it can be interesting to see how defenders deal with him," he told us of potential key individual battles at Anfield.
"Felipe Anderson has ability which can sometimes be top-class, but whether he will be able to get any change from the quality Liverpool have at full-back, I would question."
Vinny predicts West Ham will line up like so...
On this day...
West Ham were actually the visitors to Anfield on this very day back in 2018.
On that occasion, the Reds ran out 4-1 winners against the Hammers with Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on target for the hosts.
Relive the best of the action below.
Back in business. @LFC v @WestHam https://t.co/vFC1BlaSO3— carlmarkham (Carl Markham) 24th Feb 17:53
Alisson Becker features in tonight's match programme, with the goalkeeper discussing how Liverpool's second-placed finish last term inspired their current Premier League title charge.
"It was a good lesson for us," says the Brazilian. "A difficult one and a hard one for us to accept for just one point of difference of course, because we also did an amazing campaign.
"But I also think that experience made us stronger and this year we don't want to repeat that. We want to win the Premier League title, and in order to win the title you need to win everything. We are focused on our main goal and what is behind is behind.
"We have to focus on our quality. We have an amazing group with amazing players – one goes out, the other comes in. For instance, when I was injured at the start of the season, Adrian came in and performed really, really well.
"It's the same with the outfield players. Everybody helps a lot with what we are doing on the pitch."
#LIVWHU 🔜 https://t.co/5XUrrQ4kYG— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 17:47
Anfield. https://t.co/bXuADZ0LB8— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 24th Feb 17:37
There is a new addition at Anfield this evening as Carlsberg – our longest-standing partner – become the first ever club partner to feature pitchside.
Weather wind update
We'll just get straight to it. It's very windy in and around Anfield ahead of kick-off.
So, if you're heading to the stadium in the next couple of hours we'd advise you to prepare for the blustery conditions accordingly. Coat, yes. Hat, yes. Gloves, yes.
Arrived. Let's do this #LFC #YNWA https://t.co/lrVcJgntvA— Wharfemeister (Andrew O'Connor) 24th Feb 17:14
Suited and booted - Ready to Go! #lfc #ynwa #liverpool #anfield ⚽️🔴⚽️ https://t.co/8RY0MaVUGB— thebigfeen (Dónal McGrath 🇮🇪🇪🇺) 24th Feb 17:14
Moyes on Anfield challenge
Hammers boss David Moyes says the challenge of becoming the first team to beat Liverpool in the Premier League this season is one his side can embrace.
"That's why we love the game and that's why we take part in the game, because you always hope that you're going to be the team who can win," he said.
"We'll try to do that, and let's hope we can.
"It'd mean a lot for me [to beat Liverpool]. Anfield is never an easy place for any manager or team to go to, but we'll go there and do everything we can to get a result."
Another huge game in the league today. Let’s get inside the ground early and get behind the team from the warm ups.… https://t.co/3X1fX5Pp6Z— SpionKop1906 (Spion Kop 1906) 24th Feb 15:29
'One game at a time'
We caught up with midfielder Gini Wijnaldum ahead of tonight's encounter and he detailed to us the approach the leaders are taking as they aim to complete their Premier League objective.
"Think of one game at a time, try to give everything [in] every game and at the end you will see what will happen. We don't really think about results and those things," said the Dutchman.
"We just think about the game and try to give everything we have and do as good as possible so we have the biggest chance to win the game. Until now, it went quite well, really well, so we hope we can continue this run until the end.
"It's hard and tough but on the other side, we also enjoy it because it's a good feeling if you give everything during the games and feel that you've succeeded at the end of the game. We also enjoy the journey – I have to say that it's easier because we are winning games.
"But just train hard, look at it game by game and don't look that far ahead. It worked well for us until now."
U23s hit Sunderland for six
Full-time at the Academy and LFC U23s have booked their place in the Premier League Cup last 16 with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Sunderland.
If you’re at #Anfield for the game against @WestHam tonight, please don’t forget your Foodbank donations.… https://t.co/7U23z7qRCY— Red_Neighbours (Red Neighbours) 24th Feb 15:01
Sadio netted the winner in our last @premierleague game but which has been your favourite Mane goal at the Reds, so… https://t.co/kSC4FyNRGk— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 15:48
Last time out...
... in the league, Sadio Mane came off the bench to secure a 1-0 win at Norwich City with a stunning finish. See the best of the clash at Carrow Road below...
A dominant opening day display 👊 Here's a look back at when we hosted @WestHam last season 👌⚽️ https://t.co/BzbYEiChWZ— LFC (Liverpool FC) 24th Feb 14:13
Here's how the Premier League table looks ahead of our 27th match in the competition...
- Liverpool have not conceded a first-half goal in any of their last 11 league games since Everton scored twice in the opening period on December 4.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored three times against West Ham in his career - his most productive opponent.
- Sadio Mane's next start will be his 150th for the Reds in all competitions.
- Klopp's side have not lost a Premier League game for 417 days and have suffered one top-flight loss in the last 659 days.
🙏🏾👊🏾 https://t.co/Qaes2EI9qz— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 24th Feb 10:32
How the Anfield pitch is prepared
Klopp's side return to Anfield for the first time since February 1. Ever wanted to know what goes in to produce the turf they'll play on? Well, read our chat with the club's grounds manager Dave Roberts by clicking here.
Take a look at the squad's preparations for this match by looking at a selection of images and watching Inside Training from Friday's workout...
The opposing view
West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski acknowledges the tough test he and his teammates face tonight, but is hopeful a good performance will see them secure a much-needed result.
Fabianski said: “I think it’s a great challenge for us. It’s a great opportunity. It’s another game you can gain three points in, and I think we should look at it in this way.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game. They’re unbeaten and I think they’ve only drawn one game throughout the whole season, so we know that it’s going to be very hard, but this is the Premier League.
“You’ve seen many different stories happen in the history of this country and league, so we just have to be up for it and make sure we deliver a good performance.”
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Eddie Smart
Fourth official: Lee Mason
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt
TV channels and live coverage details
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Extended highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from midnight, but you can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service.
For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.
U23s in action
Liverpool U23s face Sunderland in the Premier League Cup at the Academy at 2.15pm GMT. Here’s how they line up…
Jaros, Williams, Hoever, Boyes, Gallacher, Chirivella, Jones, Elliott, Lewis, Hardy, Millar.
Substitutes: Winterbottom, Van den Berg, Bearne, Clarkson, Longstaff.
You can watch the game live by clicking here.
‘An opportunity to immediately strike back’
Jürgen Klopp wants his players to banish the disappointment of last week’s Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid by securing the three points on offer tonight.
In his column in the matchday programme, the boss writes: “I could not fault for a second the attitude and application of the team in Madrid last Tuesday. The intensity of our performance was really pleasing and I told that to the boys.
“There was nothing from last week that should set us back. We should look at it the other way. An opportunity to immediately strike back. We have a talented opponent coming to our home and they want to leave with the win.
“This is enough motivation. I will be happy if we take this approach into the match tonight. We’ll need to be at our very best - we know that.”
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Tonight's matchday programme cover...
Superb 🙌 A vintage @Torres hat-trick against @WestHam ⚽️⏪ https://t.co/KLdmvMneyO— LFC (Liverpool FC) 22nd Feb 15:55
Did you know?
Twelve of Liverpool's 25 league victories this season have been by a single-goal margin.
Pre-match press conference
The boss previewed this fixture by taking questions from journalists at Melwood on Friday afternoon. Watch everything he had to say in the YouTube video below...
The hamstring injury Jordan Henderson is currently dealing with means Liverpool must make at least one change for tonight's fixture.
“We still have options there and that’s good,” Jürgen Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other players unavailable for the Reds.
West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks is a doubt for the trip to Anfield with a shoulder issue, while Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) is also likely to be sidelined for the Hammers.
Our last encounter with West Ham
It's not that long ago since we faced tonight's opposition. Indeed, goals from Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw the Reds claim a 2-0 victory at the London Stadium last month. Enjoy the highlights of that affair below...
Back to it
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Liverpool's Premier League encounter with West Ham United this evening.
Stay with us throughout the entire day for the best of the build-up, action and reaction from Anfield.
Let's do this!