The top five teams did not play on Saturday but there was plenty of action to go round as Jurgen Klopp's squad won convincingly against West Ham. Elsewhere, Peter Crouch secured a point for Stoke City while Bournemouth climbed out of the bottom three.

By 90Min
November 04, 2017

Saturday's Premier League action kicked off with an action-packed fixture as Peter Crouch's heroics secured a point for Stoke City as the Potters tied 2-2 against Leicester City. 

David Wagner's Huddersfield fought hard for a 1-0 victory against West Brom while Swansea lost a third straight match in the league against Brighton. Elsewhere, Bournemouth climbed out of the bottom three with a precious 1-0 victory against Newcastle and Burnley left it late to beat Southampton at St Mary's.

The final match gave us a Mohamed Salah brace and a commanding Liverpool performance as Jurgen Klopp's men dominated against West Ham at London stadium. 

Read up on all the action below.

In a match that in many ways the scoreline had flattered, Liverpool were by far the superior side as Jurgen Klopp's men walked out of the London Stadium 4-1 victors Saturday evening.

In what was a poor West Ham performance in which they kept shooting themselves in the foot, the Reds took the lead through Mohamed Salah, two minutes later Joel Matip added from a corner to stun the home crowd.

But what was an uninspiring first half changed in the second, with the Hammers getting themselves briefly back in it with a fine goal from Manuel Lanzini to make it 2-1.

But Liverpool struck back instantly through Oxlade-Chamberlain, needing a couple of shots to fire past Joe Hart and extending the away side's lead once again.

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Man of the moment Mo Salah stuck with a sublime low-drilled strike to really put the game to bed for the Reds in what turned out to be an easy nights work.

Liverpool almost made the breakthrough early on, when a cross to the back post fell to Phillippe Coutinho, Joe Hart spread himself well to block the stabbed effort.

Nine minutes in brought the home sides' first dangerous effort, a deflected pass from Lanzini bounced over the Liverpool defence to the feet of Andre Ayew who flicked his effort onto the outside of the post.

What was noticeable from the outset was the Hammers sitting back and seeming content to absorb Reds pressure - with two banks of five on the defensive side of the ball - but this didn't last long.

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The 22nd minute saw a tremendously quick counter from Sadio Mane, breaking off a cleared Hammers corner, ten seconds down the other end in a two on one, Mane slides the ball to Salah for the Egyptian to place home for the lead.

Two minutes later saw another shell-shock to the home side, a Salah corner, miss-hit by Mark Noble brought a reflex save from Hart but this left the rebound a easy tap in for defender Matip - doubling the Reds lead before the break.

Things were going in very frustrating fashion for the home side, and their fans, as proceedings played out in a very similar, unexciting fashion with the Hammers creating nothing in the way of opportunities on goal.

West Ham's half was summed up with fans desperately calling for a shot from Lanzini, who obliged, blasting his shot from outside the area well over Simon Mignolet's goal.   

It took ten minutes to get going in the second half but the game soon took a dramatic turn, West Ham having brought on Andy Carroll at half-time.

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Eleven minutes into the half and the Hammers had battled their way back into the game with a smart dink of a goal from Lanzini - a cross played in from Ayew dropped to the Argentine who muscled Joe Gomez off and brought the ball down on his chest, and calmly composed, gave the Hammers hope.

However the revival was short lived, 57 seconds later, Roberto Firmino playing in Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in two shots - both straight at Hart - but the second proving to powerful for the England stopper.

In a minute of madness the match had opened up considerably compared to the first 45, with the home side seemingly more buoyant about their chances at bullying Liverpool's back-line. 

59 minutes saw Carroll come into his own when he won an aerial duel, and played in Lanzini on the left side of the Reds box once more, this time the midfielder firing over the goal missing a wonderful opportunity.

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Ten minutes later and as the tie seemingly settling a little more, Firmino battles his way past his defender, using his pace to break past one more and through on goal fires wide of the far post, missing his chance to have killed of the game for the away side.

But Liverpool found an easy breakthrough once more seven minutes later, in a goal not too dissimilar from Oxlade-Chamberlain's, Mane lifted the ball over towards Salah in yards of space on the left side of the box and he only need one chance to control and drill a low effort past a despairing Hart for Liverpool's fourth of the night.

The last 15 minutes were all Liverpool, with Klopp's side just looking to compound the Hammers misery as they continued to fire a number of chances close to their fifth of the evening, Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and substitute Dominic Solanke coming close.

But with another really poor defensive showing from West Ham, Slavan Bilic will certainly be discussing his future with the owners in coming days.

The Hammers spent too long ball watching and were poor at closing down, Liverpool were much quicker on the night and deservedly walked away with an easy three points.

A dramatic and thrilling end-to-end affair at the bet365 Stadium resulted in a share of the spoils between Stoke and Leicester, who played out a 2-2 draw in the Premier League.  

Leicester twice took the lead in both halves, first through a powerful volley from Vicente Iborra and then from a sensational show of individual skill from Riyad Mahrez. 

But the visitors were pegged back merely minutes later on both occasions by Stoke, as Xherdan Shaqiri was provided plenty of time and space to curl the ball into the back of the net, with Peter Crouch then ensuring a share in the points following his unstoppable header. 

The two sides were quick to settle into an early rhythm at the bet365 Stadium, as Stoke were content for the Foxes to take early possession whilst they sat off and negated the threat of Jamie Vardy in-behind their defence.

The very man Stoke were attempting to stop was provided with the first chance of the game in the 11th minute, as the England international was only to be denied by Kevin Wimmer on the six-yard line. 

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A quick bout of end-to-end football followed as the game ticked over the 20 minute mark, and referee Bobby Madley had obviously felt the effects of the game's rise in tempo as the match official succumbed to a calf injury, requiring fourth official Jon Moss to take over the reigns - much to the home crowd's amusement. 

The Potters then created the best chance of the half when Ramadan Sobhi threaded the ball through the Leicester defence, arriving perfectly at the feet of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who did brilliantly to lose Harry Maguire in the box. However, all his hard work was let down by his finish which was aimed straight at Kasper Schmeichel. 

As the game opened up, a plethora of chances fell the way of either side, as counter-attacking football became the theme for the remainder of the half.

Leicester were the first to take advantage when they took the lead in the 33rd minute, as Stoke's poor defending from a corner allowed Maguire to head the ball into the middle of the six-yard box, where an awaiting Iborra volleyed the ball into the back of the net - securing his first league goal for the Foxes. 

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Only a few minutes had passed when Leicester almost doubled their lead in an identical fashion to their first, as Stoke continued to struggle in finding their opposition man during corners. 

A rampant Leicester continued to knock on the door as another quick turn over in play sent Demarai Gray down the left wing, with his delivery into the box met by Shinji Okazaki whose header was denied by the desperate point-blank intervention of Jack Butland. 

The Foxes should have been at least two or three goals to the good, but Stoke punished the visitors for failing to finish as Shaqiri levelled for the visitors in the 39th minute when a deft touch by Choupo-Moting found the Swiss attacker in acres of space behind Leicester's defence, who was then able to curl the ball beyond the outstretched Schmeichel.

The second half continued in the same vein as the latter stages of the first, with spaces offered for both sides to take advantage of, and it was then Stoke's turn to offer a viable threat from a corner. As Ryan Shawcross peeled off the back post and headed the ball towards goal, with a stunning save from the Leicester keeper denying the Stoke skipper. 

Merely less than 60 seconds later and the game was once again flipped on its head, as Mahrez weaved his way into the penalty area, feigned to be shaping for a lay-off and then buried the ball beyond Butland to restore Leicester's lead in the 60th minute. 

The Potters had threatened from a corner earlier in the second period, but the Foxes did not heed the warning, as the introduction of Crouch only moments earlier proved vital. The 36-year-old cleverly peeled off his marker at the front post and headed home to level the scores in the 73rd minute. Stoke then continued to turn up the heat on the visitors for the remainder of the half and the home side looking the more likely to score, but the game was finely balanced until the end and it only needed one more moment of magic from either side to steal the three points.

The draw does little to improve either side's standing in the league table, but the international break now awaits both sides, with Stoke set for a trip to Brighton upon their return to Premier League action, whilst Leicester will host Manchester City.

Bournemouth have earned themselves a rare clean sheet and Premier League victory after they defeated Newcastle United 1-0 on Tyneside.

Steve Cook's 91st-minute header from Charlie Daniels' inswinging corner handed Eddie Howe's men a massive three points at St. James' Park and compounded the Magpies' miserable week.

The triumph for Bournemouth hauls them out of the relegation zone at Swansea's expense - the perfect tonic for the south coast club ahead of the international break.

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Matt Ritchie, taking on his former club for the first time, cracked a left footed drive that was tipped behind by Asmir Begovic in the game's first proper chance after five minutes.

That was followed soon after being a blistering Magpies counter, but Dwight Gayle's header from Ritchie's cross was diverted behind by Nathan Ake.

A Christian Atsu thunderbolt then produced a flying save from Begovic as the hosts upped the tempo, before a Gayle tap-in was incorrectly ruled out for offside after Ritchie's curling effort had rebounded off the post to the striker.

Atsu and Joselu spurned good opportunities to break the deadlock shy of the 30-minute mark - a stark contrast to Bournemouth's attacks constantly breaking down on the counter, Joshua King's dragged effort wide of the upright aside.

Bournemouth almost took a surprise lead as Callum Wilson, in his first start for nine months, saw his header tipped over the bar by the acrobatic Rob Elliot before Newcastle's keeper prevented King firing home on the angle from the resultant corner.

Begovic was kept busy as the game restarted after the interval - the Bosnian palming Joselu's header from a Jonjo Shelvey corner over the bar.

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Wilson was then sent clear with a long ball over the top, but the Cherries marksman contrived to stroke wide one-on-one with Elliot as his first-team rustiness reared its head at the wrong moment.

Elliot's pose-for-the-cameras save denied Marc Pugh from close range as the winger nodded goalwards, while Ciaran Clark and Jordon Ibe traded half-chances at opposite ends of the field.

The game became increasingly stretched as both sides went for the jugular and, somehow, Pugh somehow failed to apply a finishing touch from a good move from the visitors.

The 28-year-old's right foot shot deflected off Clark with the goal gaping, and the ball rebounded off the left hand post to safety before Cook's last-gasp winner.

Daniels' corner came courtesy fo Elliot palming a Jermain Defoe strike behind, and Cook nodded back across goal into the opposite corner to secure a vital win for his team.

Huddersfield Town bounced back from their loss to Liverpool last weekend by battling to a 1-0 Premier League victory over a stubborn West Bromwich Albion side.

After an entertaining, if not top-quality first half of football, Rajiv van La Parra bent a stunning long range effort into the top corner on the stroke of half-time. After dominating much of the game, the hosts then had to change their game plan midway through the second half, as Christopher Schindler was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

David Wagner's side weathered the storm and survived the second half, with West Brom failing to convert the advantage of having an extra man into scoring an equaliser. Goalkeeper Jonas Lössl was the hero at the death, making two stunning saves to assure his side the three points.

The game began at breakneck pace, with neither side wiling to sit on their laurels in the early stages of the match. In the 11th minute, van La Parra had the best chance of early action, firing a powerful shot narrowly over the bar after outwitting the Baggies' defensive line with some neat footwork on the edge of the box.

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Terrier's forward Tom Ince had the first shot on target in the 18th minute of the match, but his elegantly struck effort was saved comfortably by the West Brom stopper Ben Foster. Ince had another chance in the 31st minute, blazing the ball over the bar from 12 yards out after the visitors failed to deal with a bobbling Aaron Mooy corner.

Jay Rodriguez gave the Baggies their first shot on target in the 36th minute, but his firmly struck low shot was clung on to by Lössl. In the 44th minute, van La Parra brought life to an otherwise turgid game, scoring a sensational goal to open the scoring. The Dutchman received the ball on the edge of the area, before bending a 30-yard, dipping effort into the top corner.

In the 56th minute, Huddersfield were in trouble, as their star centre-back Christopher Schindler was sent off for a second yellow card, after making a wild challenge on West Brom centre-back Ahmed Hegazi. Tony Pulis boldly made a triple substitution, bringing James McCleanSalomón Rondón and Matt Philips onto the pitch as he looked to exploit the depleted home side.

Rondón should have equalised in the 72nd minute, but he was unable to turn Johnny Evans' whipped cross into the back of the net, and it zipped passed Lössl's near post with the keeper well beaten. West Brom began to turn on the heat, as the Terriers' ten men began to feel the pressure of Pulis' side's influx of fresh legs.

Lössl came to the rescue twice stoppage time, keeping out both McClean and Phillips with two excellent diving stops. The Danish keeper clawed out Mclean's towering header, before tipping Phillips' driving effort wide of goal after hurling himself into a low dive.

The Terriers held on, as the Baggies failed to break down their defence with a series of directionless attacking movements. Wagner's side's win pushed them up to the dizzying heights of 11th in the table, while the Baggies now lie in 15th place just two points clear of the relegation zone.

 

 

 

 

Burnley gave another impressive away day showing as they came away from St Mary's with all three points in a game that lacked quality throughout. 

Chances were few and far between, but a Sam Vokes header was enough for Sean Dyche to leave the south coast the happier of the two managers. 

There was little to choose between the two sides in the early proceedings. Southampton saw more possession without threatening, while Burnley looked comfortable soaking up pressure, hoping to hit the Saints on the counter attack. 

Both teams were guilty of lacking that final moment of quality to give their sides a chance of opening the scoring. Crosses were continually over-hit, while play in the final third would break down all too often at St Mary's Stadium. 

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The first real chance came midway through the first half, as a Sofiane Boufal half-volley from a Redmond cross was smartly saved by Nick Pope in the Burnley goal as the noise around St Mary's began to rise. 

It was now Southampton in the ascendancy as they looked more likely to score the opening goal of the game. Ryan Bertrand had two efforts in the space of five minutes, his second was much more threatening, but was blocked well by the impressive James Tarkowski to keep the scores level. 

Burnley offered very little as an attacking threat in the first half and were soon under pressure again. Redmond attacked at pace, cut inside and unleashed a fierce low drive that Pope was equal to and pushed behind for a corner in what was the final notable action of a rather uneventful half. 

Both Mauricio Pellegrino and Sean Dyche would be expecting more in the second half in a game that had up until this point lacked any real quality. 

The second half started in much the same way as the first, with a failed corner routine from Southampton summing up the game. 

That soon changed as Pope failed to deal with a Saints corner, which fell to Maya Yoshida who turned and shot with a dipping volley. Pope was able to redeem himself and tip the effort over as Southampton looked to up the tempo of the sluggish affair. 

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Burnley now looked to attack for the first time with any real purpose, as substitute Sam Vokes was played in by Robbie Brady, but his cut-back failed to find a claret shirt and the Saints could clear. 

With the game appearing to be heading for a draw, Burnley took the lead in the last ten minutes of the game. 

Johann Gudmundsson cut back onto his left to deliver an in-swinging cross that Vokes beat Yoshida to, and directed his header to Fraser Forster's bottom left corner from their first effort on target to give Sean Dyche's side a timely lead. 

Southampton plugged away for an equaliser without having the quality to do so, as Burnley looked comfortable seeing the game through with Dyche's men giving another impressive showing on the road.

Lee Probert sounded for full-time that brought an end to a forgettable encounter at St Mary's that seemed destined to end goalless, until Sam Vokes' late header secured all three points for the visitors. 

Paul Clement may be coming to the end of his tenure as Swansea boss, after suffering defeat against Brighton at the Liberty Stadium, in a lacklustre display to remain in the relegation zone.

The only goal of the game came from striker Glenn Murray, after a fantastic cross into the box from Anthony Knockaert gave the visitors a routine victory, in a game with limited chances.

With both sides lingering towards the bottom of the table, a bright start was important for hosts Swansea and the travelling Brighton, who have impressed recently against the likes of Southampton and Everton.

For the Swans, trying to dominate possession from the get-go, re-introduced winger Nathan Dyer proved the brightest spark in the first half, running at the Brighton defence with purpose, nearly forcing an opening goal from a teasing cross, which was cleared by Shane Duffy.

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As Swansea pushed for the opening goal, it was the visitors who were inches away from taking the lead. Surprise signing Pascal Gross, who has made a great start to life as a Seagull, caused panic in the box when his deflected shot was harried away by Łukasz Fabianski.

In a fast start to the game, the first half was a clutter of corner kicks that never amounted to anything, as the tackles went flying in through a compact midfield.

Eventually just inside the half-hour mark, the first real chance brought a goal, as a delightful cross from star midfielder Knockaert opened the account for Brighton. Not knowing too much about it, striker Murray bagged his third Premier League goal of the season with a unmarked bundled effort off his thigh.

With their tails up, the visitors came close to a second of the game in front of a hostile crowd, as Brighton defender Lewis Dunk rose highest to aim a powerful header at Fabianski, that needed a brilliant reaction save to keep Swansea in the first half.

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Not creating too much in a drab 45 minutes of action, the Swans ended the first half on a high, with Tammy Abraham showing for the ball after making a couple of excellent runs to cause problems for the back line.

Beginning the second half in a more positive fashion, Abraham should have put Swansea back in the game with a glorious chance to equalise. Fed in by the busy Dyer, Chelsea loanee Abraham set his feet well before fluffing his lines, firing a tame shot at the on-rushing Matthew Ryan, who smothered the ball expertly to keep out the recently called-up England forward.

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From the resulting corner, Swansea again had a chance to level the score, after mayhem ensued in the box. Like a wrestling pile-up, bodies were flying everywhere in the six-yard area, trying to get the ball across the line, as the Brighton defence heroically stood strong to block the goalmouth.

As both sides lazily gave the ball away and slowed down the fluidity of the second half with needless fouls, Brighton wasted a perfect opportunity to double the lead with twenty minutes left on the clock. Breaking with a swift counter-attack after Swansea lost the ball, Gross had Knockaert and Murray available in a 3-on-2 situation, but gifted the ball back to the opposition with a poor pass, summing up the majority of the second half.

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In a desperate attempt to change the outcome of the game, manager Paul Clement brought on Wayne Routledge and Luciano Narsingh to give the Swans a chance of getting back in the match, introducing greater pace on the wings alongside Dyer.

With a couple of minutes left in normal time, an excellent piece of skill following some nifty footwork created one of the 'better' chances in the second half, teeing up a cross for substitute Oliver McBurnie to header at the Brighton goal keeper.

A golden chance to give the home fans something to cheer is prevented by the woodwork after a fine through ball from Abraham. As the supporters headed for the exit, former PSV winger Narsingh came so close to grabbing an equaliser, firing an over-powered effort at the crossbar.

 

Following intense pressure, it looked like Swansea might snatch a last-gasp point but a number of set-pieces were wasted, with six corners apiece and a number of free-kicks resulting in nothing as Swansea lumbered to another disappointing defeat in front of a disgruntled crowd.

With boos ringing around Liberty Stadium at the final whistle, Clement will wonder whether his time as Swansea boss is coming to an abrupt end, after failing to take their chances in a poor performance.

 

 

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