Liverpool scored first and were able to fight through the game to secure the win 1-0 against West Ham on Saturday, sustaining the pace of the battle for the trophy.
With eight more changes to his team since in midweek Jurgen Klopp observed Liverpool get going quickly and furiously at Anfield and nearly was ahead within the second minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold allowed Mo Salah with the quick free-kick.
While Michail Antonio was always a threat against Ibrahima Konate, the Reds could have established an advantage prior to when they made it.
It was scored at the end of the half hour mark Alexander-Arnold’s low shot from the cross was tapped in with Sadio Mane who scored the sixth Liverpool goal in a game against the Hammers.
Luis Diaz was a dynamite throughout and, after dazzling at the West Ham defence before being knocked down in the 58th minute by Kurt Zouma one minute, the striker saw his effort blocked with a sigh of relief the following.
On the other hand Alexander-Arnold had to be called twice to clear his line following the trapping of offside was hit in a rare slip of the Reds defence.
HT: Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
West Ham were struck by a blow in the early part of the second half. Jarrod Bowen being treated for an injury. The player received a congratulation from a adoring Klopp as he walked into the technical zone.
Diaz was shining on the left and even scored an effort that was placed outside the box while Salah experienced a constant frustration as he tried to frighten Lukasz Fabianski.
An utterly blunder from Manuel Lanzini served as a shot in the arm of Liverpool when they tried to increase their lead and Diaz nearly laying on an opportunity for Salah as he sped toward the goal line.
It was Salah’s final move of the game and he was replaced by the Diogo Jota placed as a substitute to alter the pace of the attack. The team will then be battling for the crucial three points.
Liverpool did it, and win increasing the tension upon Man City ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday.
Man of Match: Ibrahima Konate
The Referee is Jon Moss
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita (Milner 90′); Salah (Jota 79′), Diaz (Jones 90+5′), Mane
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott, Origi, Minamino
West Ham: Fabianski; Dawson Zouma Cresswell; Johnson, Soucek, Lanzini, Fornals (Chesters 90+3′); Bowen (Benrahma 53′), Vlasic (Noble 61′), Antonio
Substitutions not used: Areola, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Kral and Okoflex