Liverpool completed an unbeaten February with a 4-1 win over West Ham at Anfield to lift them up to 2nd in the Premier League.
Goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino sealed all three points for the Reds while a consolation goal from substitute Michail Antonio offered false hope for the Hammers.
Jurgen Klopp made one change from the team who beat Southampton 2-0 last Sunday, bringing James Milner in for Gini Wijnaldum.
The game marked the 25th anniversary since England and West Ham lost one of their footballing legends Sir Bobby Moore. Every West Ham fan was given a special t-shirt in his memory, while Manuel Lanzini and Patrice Evra came into Saturday’s Hammers’ starting lineup
Evra’s Hammers debut was a big talking point before kick off as he returned to face the team involved in the Luis Suarez racism scandal while the Frenchman was a Manchester United player.
Liverpool started very brightly and Salah hit the post within the opening three minutes. Firmino cut the ball inside the penalty box for the Egyptian to run onto and canon the ball off the base of the post. Replays showed Adrian made a fantastic save with his fingertips to turn the shot onto the woodwork.
A moment of genius from Marko Arnautovic saw the opposing goals’ woodwork shaking in the 15th minute. The Austrian was too strong for Joel Matip and got past him way too easily before lobbing the ball over Loris Karius from 20 yards out. Replays showed the German keeper matched his opposite number with another fantastic fingertip save onto the crossbar.
Liverpool then scored their 100th goal of the season as Can peeled off his marker from a corner in the 29th minute and headed home from six yards out at the back post. Salah had been delivering quality deliveries all afternoon and it finally paid off after poor marking from the Hammers.
Arnautovic was playing really well for the Hammers and was a real threat holding the ball up as a lone striker. He stung the palms of Karius with a swerving knuckleball shot from distance with three minutes until half time.