Liverpool 3 West Ham 1
Goals from Mo Salah, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota earned Liverpool a hard-fought win that kept them on the coat-tails of old rivals Manchester City.
Salah netted a first-half penalty that was cancelled out by Jarrod Bowen's header but Nunez restored Liverpool's lead in the second half and sub Jota added the third to secure a sixth successive win in all competitions and move them up to second place, two points adrift of their old rivals.
It was a familiar story for Hammers boss David Moyes who has now made 19 visits to Anfield as a manager and never chalked up a victory. But he will have been encouraged by this performance with the Hammers keeping Liverpool on their toes right to the end.
Liverpool have been slow starters this season, falling behind in four of their six previous games, and they were lucky not to find themselves in the same position with the Hammers started brightly and went close twice in the early minutes.
Allison made a superb finger=tip save to keep out a Tomas Soucek's header from Lucas Paqeta. Soucek then turned provider with an inviting cross that Michail Antonio should have buried but inexplicably headed wide.
Liverpool were guilty of giving away possession too often but took the lead against the run of play after 16 minutes when Salah converted a penalty after he had been tripped by Nayef Aguerd.
That goal sparked a spell of control for the home side and Van Dijk sent a close range chance while Salah, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai all fired shots wide.
But the Hammers always looked dangerous when they went forward and especially from set pieces. They deservedly equalised after 42 minutes when the impressive Bowen finished off a fine move by inching ahead ofRead on irishexaminer.com