West Ham 3-2 Liverpool: David Moyes’ side go third despite nervy finish in five-goal thriller

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West Ham moved up to third in the Premier League table with a superb 3-2 win over Liverpool.

The Reds went into the match unbeaten in their last 25 games in all competitions, but an inspired West Ham performance, particularly in the second-half, brought an end to that run despite a nervy finish.

David Moyes’ side are now just three points behind league-leaders Chelsea, heading into the international break.

The hosts took the lead after just four minutes in bizarre circumstances.

Pablo Fornals whipped the corner in, and Alisson made a complete mess of trying to punch it away. The ball flicked off the goalkeeper’s glove and into the net for an own goal.

Moyes’ side looked solid in their shape, but a brief moment of ill-discipline cost them dearly.

Declan Rice fouled Mo Salah on the edge of the box, and Trent Alexander-Arnold took full advantage with a stunning free-kick from 20 yards past a helpless Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham were much improved after the break, and got their reward after 67 minutes.

Jarrod Bowen broke on the halfway line, played in Fornals, and Alisson was unable to keep out his effort.

Liverpool were being pulled apart on the counter, and the lead was extended just seven minutes later. Again the Reds were vulnerable from a corner, and Zouma rose highest at the far post to head home.

Divock Origi, off the bench, halved the deficit with just over ten minutes to go to make it a nervy finish at the London Stadium.

But the Hammers held on, and the home fans erupted as their side secured another incredibly impressive win.

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