Liverpool survived a second half scare against West Ham United but ultimately order was restored with yet another Premier League victory for the Reds (3-2) and a failure to win at Anfield for David Moyes.

Also back in place is Jurgen Klopp's men's 22-point cushion at the summit as they close in on the club's first League Championship in 30 years.

Here's a round-up of what the national media made of the match.

Unstoppable Liverpool - they just find a way to get the job done

John Cross, Daily Mirror

They are just unstoppable.

They get past every hurdle, every scare, to chase down records in their incredible, remarkable season.

Sadio Mane got the late winner on a nervy night at Anfield when Liverpool survived an almighty scare which only served to underline the scale of their achievement.

Liverpool equalled two records - and more will follow. Their 18th consecutive Premier League win equalled Manchester City’s feat of two seasons ago and this was their 21st straight home win which levelled their own best set in 1972.

They have got more in sight, of course. It is now 44 games unbeaten, five short of Arsenal’s record of 49 and the title will surely follow before the end of March because no-one can live with them.

It felt as close as they have been to losing for a while but West Ham, stuck in the relegation zone and fighting for their lives, nearly pulled off one of the upsets of the season.

And that is the point. It is so easy to become used to Liverpool winning every week that you forget that every team is out to beat them, every team wants to be the first and as the season goes on the harder it becomes.

But for Liverpool to keep going, to stay on course to match Arsenal’s Invincibles and win the title unbeaten is a truly remarkable achievement and one which will mark this Jurgen Klopp team for greatness.

They deserve to be up there with every great team of Liverpool’s glorious past because, just like those before them, they have an unbeatable spirit and will to win.

Even when they are not at their best - and they were definitely below par against West Ham - they just find a way to get the job done.

Ponderous until a frantic finish but imperious whatever the weather

Ian Herbert, Daily Mail

This will be a title of many colours just like they always were in the days when Liverpool won them as a matter of routine. Power, collectivism, technical genius. They have always played their part. And, just like last night, so has luck.

It can't be said that West Ham took a battering ram to Jurgen Klopp's side. A handful of shots on target and two goals tell the story.

But it took a goalkeeping calamity and a very providential deflection to see the team home after they entered the hour mark a goal behind.

Liverpool are four wins away from the title today with a tally of 106 points from their last possible 108 in this competition. 'We shall not be moved', the Kop sang at the end. Indeed.

Mark Noble, who delivered with vision last night what he lacked in pace, is old enough to remember the afternoon a few years back when the West Ham team managed by Slaven Bilic earned their first Anfield win in half a century after he pepped them by insisting on Thin Lizzy's 'Whisky in the Jar' playing in the dressing room before the match.

Moyes seemed to have found something similar. He has lost to Liverpool 18 times now and still never won at Anfield but his team asked questions.

His opposite number said last night that he felt his Liverpool side were found lacking when dealing with set pieces and competing with the second ball.

But in truth their becalmed midfield was badly missing Jordan Henderson and their defence was curiously short on intensity. The team looked ponderous until the frantic finish.

“Sometimes you can be at a club when you've got everything going for you,' reflected Moyes.

“The [Gomez] shot deflects into their path, which was really harsh on us.”

Liverpool move a step closer to the inevitable, 22 points clear at the top and imperious, whatever the weather.

Alexander-Arnold shines on record-breaking but nerve-wrecking night

Henry Winter, The Times

Can you be a playmaker from right back? Trent Alexander-Arnold is redefining the role, putting in the hard yards, and the wonderful deliveries.

All that practice, all that stamina and all that will to win make the sinewy defender with the winger’s traits such a driving force in Liverpool’s march towards the title. And he’s only 21.

Liverpool dominate because they have so many good players, such a strong team ethic and an inspiring leader in Jürgen Klopp. Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mané are deemed the men likely to feature most prominently — along with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne — in the PFA Player of the Year shortlist, but Alexander-Arnold, a shoo-in for Young Player of the Year, surely must contest the senior prize too.

He was tireless here in his 40th game of the season for Liverpool and England, creating the first goal for Georginio Wijnaldum and the winning third for Mané.

His movement is relentless, up and down the right, so much so that the West Ham United manager, David Moyes, pushed Michail Antonio out wide to try to quell the young human hurricane in the No 66 shirt. Alexander-Arnold’s speed of movement takes him away from markers, and deep into opposition territory.

His speed of thinking sets up goals like the first, looking up, spotting Wijnaldum, and putting the perfect, first-time delivery in.

This season, Alexander-Arnold has 12 assists in the Premier League, second only to De Bruyne with 16.

Since the start of last season, he has 24 assists, six more than De Bruyne and Andy Robertson in joint second.

He gave the stats boffins another busy night on the calendars and calculators, with Opta revealing that only Cesc Fàbregas (20 years 134 days) and Wayne Rooney (21 years and 63 days) have reached 25 Premier League assists at a younger age than Alexander-Arnold (21 years and 140 days).

He is up against those who start far higher up the field than him, gifted midfield passers such as Fàbregas and creative No 10s such as Rooney, and still running them close. He had 100 touches, 34 successful passes, put in 19 crosses, created six chances, had four shots and made three tackles as well as those two assists. And Liverpool really needed him at his very best.

This was a record-breaking night, but nerve-wrecking. Liverpool secured an 18th successive league win, a new club record, matching City’s all-time English elite-league mark, but they had to come from behind against a resilient, purposeful West Ham team.

Moyes’s side left empty-handed but not heavy-hearted, as they fought hard and played with far more creativity and boldness than recently, particularly last week’s meek surrender against City.
They ran Liverpool close here.

Landmark created with great difficulty but greater belief

Andy Hunter, The Guardian

History was made at Anfield as Liverpool established a Premier League record of 21 consecutive home wins and equalled Manchester City’s run of 18 successive top-flight victories.

The landmark was created with great difficulty and greater belief. West Ham surpassed expectations in making Jürgen Klopp’s leaders look vulnerable but, like every other domestic visitor this season, they departed Anfield in the knowledge their best was not enough.

Liverpool moved to within 12 points of the slice of history that matters most – their first league title for 30 years – thanks to many of the characteristics that have come to define their remarkable campaign.

Trent Alexander-Arnold made the breakthrough for Georginio Wijnaldum and the late winner for Sadio Mané as he moved to 12 assists for the second season running.

Andy Robertson continued the theme of Liverpool’s devastating full-backs by setting up Mohamed Salah for the second, converted thanks to a dreadful mistake by West Ham’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

At that point the visitors led through the substitute Pablo Fornals and Liverpool, sluggish for long spells, were in trouble. But they were never subdued. Klopp’s players rarely are these days.

Roared on by an equally convinced Anfield crowd Liverpool found a way once more.

Only 12 more, at the very most, to go.

Inevitable march continues but West Ham pushed the champions-elect like few others

Jason Burt, The Daily Telegraph

The roar around Anfield at the end, with the injured captain Jordan Henderson seeking out goalkeeper Alisson for a bear-hug, said it all as Liverpool collected another win in their inevitable march towards the Premier League title.

Not that there was anything expected about this win, apparent from the result, as West Ham pushed the champions-elect like few other sides have pushed them and Alisson earning that recognition as he produced a vital injury-time save to deny Jarrod Bowen as the substitute ran clear on goal.

At the other end West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski sunk to the turf at the final whistle, lost in his own thoughts, after his blunder had offered Liverpool a way back into the match as he allowed Mohamed Salah’s tame shot to trickle through his legs to make it 2-2.

It came just as - maybe - Liverpool would not only drop points for only the second time this season but were facing the real possibility of a defeat that would end any hope they have of being ‘The Invincibles’ of 2019-20.

“We shall not be moved,” sang the Liverpool fans but they were pushed, unexpectedly, by a West Ham who most thought would simply seek to escape with the minimum amount of damage to their goal difference just as manager David Moyes admitted they had aimed to do in last week’s lame defeat away to Manchester City.

Instead they produced a stirring performance, with Declan Rice and, until he was injured, Tomas Soucek, outstanding which made a mockery of their league position, as they remain in the bottom three, with Moyes surely now imploring them that they have set the standard for the run-in.

The result means that it is just four more wins required for Liverpool to take the league title for the first time in 30 years and, as has happened so often in this extraordinary season, records fell: Liverpool have won their last 18 league games to equal City’s all-time English top-flight record, they have equalled their own record, set from January to December 1972, of 21 successive home league wins and are a club record 54 games unbeaten at Anfield.

Just four more wins to go for Liverpool. “The next is always the hardest,” Klopp said with Watford away on Saturday.

“If we lost tonight everyone would have said two (defeats) in a row, under pressure, and Watford are really good…Could I have wished for a better position for these last 11 games?

No. But I don’t expect one easy game.” This was not one, for sure.

Liverpool weather onslaught while reconfiguring 'best in the world' tag

Melissa Reddy, The Independent

Jurgen Klopp has been uncomfortable with Liverpool being described as “the best team in the world” because of the historical connotations of that terminology: breathtaking football by the biggest names in the game.

“Usually you think of Real Madrid from a few years ago or Barcelona from a few years ago,” the manager underscored, juxtaposing that with “but the team we have is about attitude – go and go and go – mixed with really good football players. We fight and that’s what people appreciate when they watch us: the intensity the boys put in even when it’s difficult.”

On Monday night at Anfield, Liverpool provided the perfect canvas for Klopp’s words in an onerous test against West Ham.

They looked fallible and they fell behind. For large swathes, they were more Indistinct than Invincibles. But then, they did what they always do: find a way. Go and go and go.
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