Sunday 5 April, 2020

Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 to go 19 points clear in EPL

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League football match against West Ham Utd at the London Stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein).

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League football match against West Ham Utd at the London Stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein).

Mohamed Salah scored a penalty and set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal as Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 Wednesday to go 19 points clear at the top of the English Premier League (EPL).

The game had been postponed in December because of Liverpool playing in the Club World Cup in Qatar, a trophy which joined the European Cup from last season in the Anfield trophy cabinet.

Now it seems a matter of when — not if — Liverpool end their 30-year English title drought given the team's commanding lead with 14 games remaining.

West Ham, meanwhile, are only above the relegation zone due to having a better goal difference than Bournemouth.

Liverpool's breakthrough in east London came when Salah netted a penalty in the 35th minute after Issa Diop fouled Divock Origi. Salah's pinpoint pass with the outside of his boot then set up Oxlade-Chamberlain to slot in the second in the 52nd.

Oxlade-Chamberlain volleyed against his own post and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson kept out Declan Rice's header but West Ham couldn't find a way back into the game.

Liverpool have now beaten all 19 teams in the league at least once this season.

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