Jota scores late as Liverpool beats West Ham United

Jota scores late as Liverpool beats West Ham United. Liverpool dug out from a deficit to procure a 2-1 victory against West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

Diogo Jota fell off the bench to score the victor late on after Mohamed Salah leveled following Pablo Fornals’ opener.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now equaled a club record of 63 matches unbeaten at home.

West Ham took the lead inside the first 10 minutes when Fornals reacted to Joe Gomez’s helpless header to complete past Alisson.

Liverpool dominated possession afterwards and were awarded a penalty before the break when Arthur Masuaku brought down Salah and the Egypt international converted from the spot.

Jota replaced Roberto Firmino in the second half and thought he scored with 10 minutes to go but VAR ruled out the goal for a Sadio Mane foul on goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Five minutes later, Jota received a through ball from individual substitute Xherdan Shaqiri to dominate the match for the hosts.

“The world is in a difficult place and we are happy to be allowed to play football. So we have to try everything to dominate football matches. It’s not about shining, or flying, or whatever, it’s about hard work,” said Klopp.

“That was absolutely fundamental against this opponent. It’s not about the basic stuff because they are too good for that – you need to be brazen, tricky also, and we were.”

West Ham manager David Moyes was upset with the decision to award Salah a penalty after his reaction to contact in the box.

“I’m amazed that a penalty was given in the first half. I can’t believe that we’re allowing those sorts of penalties to be awarded,” he said.

“We weren’t clinical enough at times. We missed a couple of really good opportunities to get another goal. I wouldn’t say we were unfortunate today, but I’m really disappointed when we were 1-0 up that the penalty was given.”

The Premier League champions go top of the table for the time being while West Ham stay in 13th position.

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