Michal Antonio’s goal canceled out an earlier goal by Sadio Mane as West Ham held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Betway Stadium, reducing Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City to just three points.
The Hammers went attacking against the Reds making use of their wide men – Felipe Anderson and Michal Antonio. The first real chance fell to Chicharito within the penalty box inside just 15 minutes of the match as he bent a shot towards the post with Allison deflecting the ball wide.
Chicharito tried another shot at goal – but this time from outside the penalty box – despite never scoring an EPL goal from outside the 18-yard box. It was always going to be saved.
Michal Anthonio continuously pressed hard against Robertson and with Adam Lallana failing to impress on the left flank, Liverpool were restricted to playing through a crowded middle.
Finally, it looked like a breakthrough was about to happen for the Reds when Roberto Firmino latched on to some poor clearance and shot at goal only for it to be saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
Three minutes later, the Reds scored against the run of play after a James Milner cross was sent into the box with Sadio Mane tucking it into the goal despite playing it off-balance.
West Ham pulled back just before the half-hour mark from a brilliantly played free-kick – that matserclass trickery from a freekick would have been inspired by no other than Manuel Pellegrini.
The freekick was flicked towards Felipe Anderson who then released Michal Anthonio behind the Liverpool wall with a fine through ball. Antonio left no margin for error firing home into the left corner.
The second half kicked off with none of the sides capitalizing on their chances and build-ups until the 62nd minute when pacey Mo Salah outpaced Robert Snodgrass and Declan Rice but his shot just lacked enough power to get past West Ham goalie.
West Ham 1-1 Liverpool it ended.