Liverpool secured a crucial 2-1 victory against West Ham United in a frenetic end-to-end game at the London Stadium on Wednesday. A bullet header from Joel Matip gave the Reds the lead in the 67th minute after a stunning solo goal from Lucas Paqueta was quickly cancelled out by Cody Gakpo’s bouncing shot six minutes later.
The Hammers had a late shout for a penalty turned down when the ball struck the arm of substitute Thiago Alcantara, but the referee waved away their appeals, and VAR did not intervene.
The win moved Liverpool above Tottenham Hotspur and back into the European places in sixth spot with 53 points, ahead of Spurs thanks to their far superior goal difference and one point behind Aston Villa with a game in hand. Despite being pleased with the result and the performance, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said that qualifying for the Champions League was still beyond his side’s hands.
Hammers Denied Late Penalty Appeal Despite Handball
Hammers boss David Moyes was left frustrated by the decision not to award his team a penalty for the handball and confronted the referee at the final whistle.
The loss brought an end to West Ham’s run that saw them take seven points from three games and dropped them one spot to 14th, five points ahead of Leicester City in 18th place.
Liverpool dominated possession throughout but the Hammers were dangerous on the break, and they had a brilliant solo goal by Jarrod Bowen ruled out after a VAR review found him to be offside early in the second half.
It took a brilliant piece of defending by Virgil van Dijk to prevent West Ham from going ahead again just before the break as he got a toe to a superb angled ball from Said Benrahma to prevent Antonio from scoring at the far post.