West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool: Hammers too strong for Reds

Liverpool lose their second successive game in the Premier League, as West Ham United pick up all three points at home.

Liverpool suffered their second successive defeat in the Premier League when they went down 3-1 to West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

The Reds endured a shock 1-0 setback at the hands of Aston Villa at Anfield last weekend and lost to the Hammers by a two-goal margin in London.

The Hammers took the lead after just two minutes through Winston Reid, who headed home from close range.

Diafra Sakho doubled West Ham’s advantage in the seventh minute when he latched onto Mark Noble’s pass and turned it in with a right-footed shot from inside the Liverpool penalty box.

Aaron Cresswell, Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing all came close in the subsequent minutes for the home side, but it was the Merseyside outfit who scored the third goal of the evening.

England international winger Raheem Sterling got it when he slammed home with his right foot from close range.

Valencia could have restored the two-goal cushion for West Ham before the end of the first half had he taken his chances.

Sterling tried his luck from distance with his left foot but his attempt went wide, before Fabio Borini saw his effort saved on 54 minutes.

Mario Balotelli’s attempt from outside the Hammers’ penalty box was saved by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who also denied Borini midway through the second half.

Balotelli once again went for a shot from distance, but once again Adrian was up to the challenge.

Liverpool’s hopes of picking up a point from this encounter were extinguished two minutes from full time when Morgan Amalfitano scored West Ham’s third and final goal of the evening.

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