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West Ham 2 – 2 Liverpool



West Ham 2 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes have been left in tatters after a 2-2 draw at West Ham, with the Reds now profitable simply one among their final 5 league matches.

After their 2-0 defeat to Everton within the Merseyside derby on Wednesday, the Reds wanted a win in the event that they have been to realistically preserve themselves within the race with Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis on the prime of the desk.

However a sluggish first half noticed them fall behind as Jarrod Bowen (43) nodded dwelling for West Ham from a fast nook. Nonetheless, Liverpool have been stage three minutes after the break when Andy Robertson (48) turned dwelling.

It was a much better efficiency from Liverpool within the second half and so they deservedly went forward as Cody Gakpo’s shot pinballed in off Alphonse Areola (65).

However one other unmarked header from Michail Antonio (77) noticed West Ham equalise to depart Liverpool two factors behind Arsenal and one behind Man Metropolis, with the 2 nonetheless to play this weekend. The Hammers stay 4 factors behind seventh-placed Newcastle after the Magpies, who’ve performed a sport much less, defeated Sheffield United later within the day.

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Sky Sports activities’ Eleanor Roper and Charlotte Marsh dissect the dispute between Jurgen Klopp and Mo Salah throughout their match in opposition to West Ham.

When requested about slipping behind within the title race, Klopp stated: “I do not give it some thought actually. I stated earlier than, we have to win our video games. We did not win the sport. That does not enhance our state of affairs now massively.

“Do they [Man City and Arsenal] seem like they’ll lose two or three video games? I do not assume so however, truthfully, I am not offended or no matter… I do not give it some thought. We simply need to win soccer video games and let’s examine what meaning ultimately.”

Liverpool’s frustrations have been maybe clear within the speedy aftermath of West Ham’s leveller too as substitute Mohamed Salah – dropped from the beginning XI – appeared to argue with supervisor Jurgen Klopp as he got here on.

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Jurgen Klopp says the side-line disagreement between himself and Mo Salah has been resolved within the dressing room after the match.

Whereas the supervisor didn’t elaborate on the trigger, he advised TNT Sports activities after the sport: “We spoke already within the dressing room. For me, that is achieved.”

Requested additional in his press convention if Salah was additionally OK with the dressing room dialog, Klopp replied: “That is my impression, sure.”

Later, Salah walked by way of the post-match combined zone declining interview requests, telling reporters: “If I communicate at this time there might be hearth.”

Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp exchange words prior to the Egyptian entering the fray against West Ham
Mo Salah and Jurgen Klopp clashed on the touchline

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Tim Sherwood seems at Liverpool’s dwindling title hopes and whether or not or not they need to promote Salah this summer season

How Liverpool misplaced extra PL title race floor

Liverpool noticed the higher of the possibilities within the opening half-hour, throughout which in addition they had a penalty overturned. Referee Anthony Taylor had initially pointed to the spot amid a melee of potential fouls, however the offside flag was up in opposition to Luis Diaz within the build-up. VAR checked the choice and it proved to be appropriate.

Shortly after, a burst of tempo from Diaz noticed him whack an effort onto the underside of the crossbar. On the different finish, Alisson made an excellent save from Bowen’s shot – which led to an essential West Ham set-piece.

Staff information headlines

  • Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez have been dropped in 5 Liverpool adjustments from their 2-0 defeat within the Merseyside derby. Ibrahima Konate, Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones additionally dropped to the bench.
  • Wataru Endo, Cody Gakpo, Harvey Elliott, Ryan Gravenberch and Jarell Quansh got here into the XI.
  • West Ham made two adjustments from final weekend. Jarrod Bowen instead of James Ward-Prowse, who dropped to the bench. Alphonse Areola additionally changed Lukasz Fabianski in purpose.

With Liverpool nonetheless setting themselves up defensively, the Hammers took a fast, brief nook. The ball into the field discovered an unmarked Bowen within the center and he looped his header dwelling.

Cody Gakpo celebrates after his deflected shot gives Liverpool the lead at West Ham
Cody Gakpo’s deflected shot noticed Liverpool forward within the second half

Minutes after the break, and Liverpool equalised. Diaz discovered Robertson in the course of the field, with the defender’s shot bouncing previous Areola’s weak hand by way of the publish.

Liverpool continued to press for a second, and made the breakthrough within the sixty fifth minute. It was pinball off three West Ham gamers from Gakpo’s shot, with the final contact coming off an unlucky Areola.

Jarrod Bowen leaps in celebration after giving West Ham the lead against Liverpool
Jarrod Bowen is simply the second West Ham participant to attain in three totally different video games in opposition to Liverpool in a single marketing campaign after Geoff Hurst in 1964-65

Regardless of Liverpool’s enhancements and push for a 3rd purpose, it was West Ham who struck the following blow with an equaliser. It was a teasing cross that an unmarked Antonio rose to satisfy, powering previous Alisson – who had made an outstanding leaping save simply seconds beforehand.

Andy Robertson celebrates after equalising for Liverpool at West Ham
Andy Robertson celebrates his equaliser simply after the break

It was within the speedy aftermath of the purpose, the Reds made a triple change, and there appeared to be a confrontation between Klopp and Salah, with fingers pointed and a very animated Salah. He additionally needed to be pushed away by fellow substitute Darwin Nunez.

The Reds continued to press for a winner – Emerson twice needing to clear off the road and Harvey Elliott hitting the crossbar. However the draw in the end leaves their Premier League title hopes fading quick.

Participant scores:

West Ham: Areola (6), Coufal (6), Zouma (7), Ogbonna (7), Emerson (7), Soucek (6), Alvarez (6), Kudus (6), Paqueta (6), Bowen (7), Antonio (7).

Subs: Ward-Prowse (6).

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (6), Van Dijk (7), Quansah (7), Robertson (7), Mac Allister (6), Gravenberch (6), Endo (6), Elliott (6), Gakpo (6), Diaz (8).

Subs: Salah (7), Nunez (6), Gomez (6), Szoboszlai (n/a).

Participant of the Match: Luis Diaz.

Klopp: This has been story of final 4 weeks

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to TNT Sports activities: “Very upset, clearly. I feel everybody can see that just one crew wins the sport, and that’s us with the possibilities we created, with the possession we had, with all of the issues we did. It was a tricky one on the finish of a 4 video games in 10 days interval, however I feel the gamers did very well.

“We simply conceded out of nothing and wish a couple of extra probabilities and form of scrappy targets ultimately to attain twice. After we are 2-1 up we might management it, and nonetheless as I stated in a whole lot of moments taking part in very well however the remaining state of affairs we did not take. That has been the story of the final 4 weeks.”

On whether it is unfortunate for a couple of attackers to be off form: “It’s what it’s. You see the video games. We’re collectively and we undergo that collectively, that’s all. The boys need it, they fought exhausting, gave completely all the things. For a few of them it was positively too exhausting at this time, and sure that is it.”

On the second-half response: “Very happy. It was excellent and it was what we wanted, the early purpose helped clearly. We discover probabilities all the time, you see within the first half now we have loads.

“What I do not perceive is that with every probability we miss everyone seems to be there throwing arms, however an opportunity is the closest you will get to a purpose so now we have to be extra constructive there. Settle for these form of issues occur after which do it once more, and time and again.

“We performed properly however did not end the conditions off and now now we have to acknowledge and keep on.”

Moyes: We did nice to maintain going

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West Ham supervisor David Moyes solutions why he will not miss departing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in a hilarious press convention.

West Ham boss David Moyes to TNT Sports activities: “I feel we did [bounce back well from last week]. I’d have appreciated greater than a degree, we have drawn loads and at this time is one other. It’s a good level and to be 2-1 down and take a battering, we did nice to maintain going.

“The primary purpose was essential for us. Nice credit score to the lads for the character they confirmed to return again from there.

“They have been actually good targets. I loved them. Jarrod [Bowen] is in goalscoring type. Congratulations to him on 20 targets in all competitions. I feel it’s a very long time since somebody has achieved that at West Ham. He’s a incredible participant. I hope he retains going.”

On Bowen equalling Paolo Di Canio’s 16 targets in a Premier League season: “That’s the place I might just like the 20 targets, I might like them to be 20 Premier League targets. I’ve bought one thing for him to chase within the final three video games.”

On Antonio’s show: “He is bought fitter within the final three or 4 months. We missed him round November time, he bought an damage with Jamaica, however he is come again, led the road properly and bought a couple of targets for us, which was lacking from his sport somewhat.”

Opta stats – Bowen equals Di Canio file

  • Jarrod Bowen’s opener (his sixteenth league purpose of 2023-24) noticed him turn into the joint-top scorer in a single Premier League marketing campaign for West Ham, equalling Paolo Di Canio’s haul of 16 in 1999-00.
  • Liverpool have gone 1-0 down in 16 totally different Premier League matches this season. Certainly, it is the joint-most video games they’ve conceded first in a single league marketing campaign below Jürgen Klopp (additionally 16 instances in 2022-23).
  • Solely Sheffield United (6) have scored extra personal targets than West Ham (4) within the Premier League this season, whereas no facet has benefited from extra personal targets within the competitors this time period than Liverpool (5).

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West Ham journey to London rivals Chelsea on Sunday, Could 5, kick-off 2pm, whereas Liverpool are subsequent in motion on the identical day in opposition to Tottenham at Anfield, reside on Sky Sports activities, kick-off 4.30pm.

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