Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United; Five things we learned


The Reds have been in brilliant form of late and their 4-1 success over West Ham at the weekend illustrated their growing confidence as the team took their tally of goals for the season to 103.

"I think that is a really important thing, to be playing against high-quality players in training and luckily with Liverpool we have that".

Sadio Mane has said he believes Liverpool are more than good enough to secure a second-placed finish in the Premier League. Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson's cross 13 minutes from time.

Dwight Gayle also scored twice, but Newcastle failed to back up their stunning win over Manchester United as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth.

Mane admits leaders Manchester City are out of sight but with 10 leagues games remaining, he sees finishing as runners-up as achievable. If only we could have been a little more clinical when we went forward - we got in some really good positions.

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"But it is still possible to be second and we are going to do our best to get it".

"I am happy we didn't have to play immediately after Porto because for a human being it's hard to have a situation like that, winning 5-0 completely not expected and then you need to be ready again so I was happy about that".

Adrian had to be alert as a cross from Andrew Robertson threatened to drift into the top corner and the Spaniard then saved from distance from Trent Alexander-Arnold. I think he links the whole team together; he links the front three especially.

As you can see in the list below, great efforts by Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer as well. Sometimes he overdoes it, but in a good way.

Liverpool were in entertaining mood on Saturday against West Ham and Roberto Firmino summed up their flamboyance with another no-look finish.