- Liverpool won at West Ham on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice in an emphatic 4-1 victory
- Salah scored in each half at the London Stadium where Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also netted
- Manuel Lanzini bagged for West Ham, who were awful defensively and conceded from an attacking corner
Published: 15:23 EDT, 4 November 2017 | Updated: 15:31 EDT, 4 November 2017
Sometimes it is not the defeat itself that marks the end of an era; sometimes it is the manner of the defeat which is far more damaging than the score-line itself.
West Ham were abject against Liverpool at the London Stadium. By the end, a crowd of almost 60,000 had withered and thinned to around 15,000 hardy souls who saw it out to the bitter end to half-heartedly boo the team off. Most of those left by then were jubilant Liverpool fans.
This wasn't how it was meant to be when West Ham launched their brave new world in Stratford last year. Then, Slaven Bilic was riding high, having overseen an excellent first season at the club, full of passion and excitement. European adventures beckoned; new horizons were coming into view. West Ham might even set their sights hanging onto the coat tails of the big six.
Liverpool won for the third time in eight days as they beat West Ham United in Stratford on Saturday evening
Mohamed Salah scored twice for the Reds, who climbed to sixth in the Premier League table and to within one point of third
Centre back Joel Matip also scored for a dominant Liverpool outfit, who were 2-0 up inside the opening 24 minutes
Summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got on the scoresheet too, netting his first Premier League goal for the Reds
MATCH FACTS AND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
West Ham (4-4-1-1): Hart; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Ayew, Obiang, Noble, Lanzini; Fernandes; Hernandez
Subs: Arnautovic, Masuaku, Sakho, Adrian, Haksabanovic, Rice
Bookings: Noble, Reid, Lanzini
Scorers: Lanzini (55)
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Can; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane; Firmino
Subs: Lovren, Karius, Grujic, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Sturridge
Scorers: Salah (21, 76), Matip (24), Oxlade-Chamberlain (56)
Season at glance
- Premier League
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- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Serie A
- La Liga
Liverpool's first goal was the product of a counter attack led by a pacy dribble from Sadio Mane, who set up Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's third was scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Roberto Firmino made it with a fine run, past Winston Reid, and pass
For more stats and graphs visit Sportsmail's brilliant Match Zone.
That seems fanciful for now. Of course, they will play better than this and they could yet recover some respectability. Yet when you concede so easily, defend so poorly and appear so utterly bewildered by a Liverpool team which, good though they are, always offer some hope, it's hard to see how any immediate improvement will come. Owner David Gold and David Sullivan have to ponder whether to see out a season treading water at best and then head out for deeper waters in the summer or take the plunge now. Right now, West Ham have a League Cup quarter final to sustain them but precious little else.
Conceding goals to Liverpool on the counter attack is not necessarily a disgrace. Plenty have done so this season and better sides than West Ham. However, the way they collectively allowed the first goal to be scored after 22 minutes was especially abject. There were 13 seconds between Manuel Lanzini taking West Ham's corner at one end and Mohamed Salah scoring at the other.
Liverpool headed the corner clear and ball fell to Salah. His clever touch for Mane put Fernandes out of the game, but, in theory that should have only be temporarily. Incredibly though Salah and Mane, with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain swiftly joining them, found themselves deep inside their own half yet with just Aaron Creswell confronting them. It was evidently a hopeless task.
Quite how West Ham had left themselves so exposed was inexplicable. Presumably that isn't how Slaven Bilic intends them to set up for a corner against the quickest counter attacking side in the league. It was beyond naïve, a schoolboy moment.
Mane carried the ball for 60 metres before releasing Salah as Cresswell battled against the odds. What was as shocking though was that only Mark Noble and Winston Reid had then managed to get themselves anywhere near the attackers. Though they couldn't catch them, but they both overtook Edimilson Fernandes, who sauntered back. No surprise that he was replaced at half time but barely any of his team-mates contributed either. As such, Salah's task was easy to finish from close range and Joe Hart and Cresswell's mission was always doomed.
Then, two minutes and thirty seven seconds passed from the restart before West Ham were looking around utterly bewildered again and now two goals down. This time, at least, it was a Liverpool corner which was their downfall. Salah drilled it in low to Mané but André Ayew cleared against Mark Noble. Hart dived to save the deflection off his own team-mate but could only push the ball to Joel Matip, who finished from close range. Twenty four minutes had passed and West Ham had seemingly resigned from the contest.
Which was infuriating for their supporters as, given the fragile state of Liverpool's defence, they were not unreasonably hopeful in the early exchanges. They should have taken the lead on ten minutes, Lanzini lifting the ball beyond that often-hapless Liverpool back four for Ayew, who charged clear but shot against the post with Simon Mignolet rapidly closing down his angle.
The Reds were ahead on 21 minutes when Salah scored his 11th goal since joining from Roma in the summer
Salah was left with a simple finish after he and Sadio Mane broke at speed following a West Ham corner kick at the other end
Egypt international Salah celebrated by kissing the turf at the London Stadium while his team-mates gathered around him
Mane also kissed the ground, playing in his first Reds match since recovering from an injury picked up in early October
Liverpool always offer you some hope, however. They are not a team to shut up shop; rather, they're open all hours. West Ham changed to a more effective 4-4-2 with Andy Carroll at half time and on 55 minutes Andrew Ayew's cross headed in Lanzini's direction. The Argentine still had plenty of work to do, but his movement was too clever for Joe Gomez, with Lanzini giving himself a clear strike on goal. That said, his volley past Mignolet, crisp and powerful, was wonderful.
Briefly the London Stadium stirred from its slumber. What had seemed unlikely, suddenly came into view. Yet, as had been their wont in this game, they soon quickly managed to puncture their own optimism with a self-inflicted wound. Just fifty-five seconds passed from the re-start and hope was deferred once more.
Firmino shrugged off half-hearted challenges, found space and released Oxlade-Chamberlain. His first strike was parried by Hart but the rebound landed kindly and the former Arsenal man struck home from close range, his first Premier League goal since his summer move.
Even then, Liverpool weren't wholly safe. Carrol remained a threat and just two minutes after Liverpool restored their two-goal lead, Lanzini really should have scored for West Ham again. Played in by Carroll and with Mignolet to beat from an admittedly tight angle, he fired over.
Liverpool would though extend their lead still further. Mané, excellent on his return, wriggled his way through a plethora of semi-committed challenges before lifting the ball to Salah, in yards of space, on the edge of the box on 76 minutes. Confident and precise, the Egyptian simply drilled the ball across goal and into the far corner of the net. Cue an exodus. Seemingly without rancour, West Ham fans simply got up and left. Thousands headed for the exits. There wasn't even much anger; simply resignation. Even with ten minutes to play, the stadium was half empty. But the team had surrendered long before the crowd had thrown in the towel.
Liverpool were 2-0 up on 24 minutes when defender Matip was left with a simple finish in the Hammers' six-yard box
Matip tapped home after Joe Hart had failed to hold onto the ball as he made a diving save to prevent a Mark Noble own goal
Manuel Lanzini gave West Ham supporters brief hope by making it 2-1 just 10 minutes into the second half
Argentina international Lanzini found the net with an attractive chip over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
But Liverpool regained their two-goal lead less than 60 seconds later when Oxlade-Chamberlain gobbled a rebound
Salah then made it 4-1 with a crisp left-footed shot, again set up by Mane, who completed 77 minutes for Jurgen Klopp
West Ham's defeat left Slaven Bilic facing increasing pressure. He looked exasperated as he watched his team struggle
Mignolet captained Liverpool for the first time and looked proud as he celebrated one of his team's first-half goals
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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
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“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
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Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
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For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
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Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
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When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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