London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – After his four-goal performance against Norwich City days ago, striker Luis Suarez scored again as Liverpool beat West Ham United, 4-1, Saturday at Anfield to take second place in the Premier League.
Suarez struck 10 minutes from time to seal Liverpool’s fifth successive home win, a run in which it has scored 20 goals. The goal was Suarez’s 14th goal of the season, the best in the competition.
The win, coupled with losses by Chelsea and Manchester United and a draw by Manchester City, moved Liverpool to a tie for second place, four points behind leader Arsenal.
“I wouldn’t swap Suarez for anyone, I get the chance to work with him every day and what he gives to training and the team is a relentless desire,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers said afte the win.
“When you have that in a player you don’t want to let him go and it’s been an absolute privilege to work with him. It’s never always been smooth sailing of course, but it never is but we’ve got a strong relationship,” he added.
A Guy Demel own goal put Rodgers’ side in front just before half-time before France defender Mamadou Sakho scored his first Liverpool goal just after the break.
Martin Skrtel’s own goal in the 66th minute gave West Ham hope, but Suarez struck 10 minutes from time for his 14th Barclays Premier League goal of the season. Suarez also deflected his shot off Joey O’Brien for an own goal in the 84th minute to seal the scoring.
Liverpool played without Daniel Agger due to illness, so Sakho made his first start for over a month. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reacted to his side’s midweek defeat at Crystal Palace by bringing in Demel, George McCartney, Modibo Maiga and Matt Jarvis.
Meanwhile, Oussama Assaidi scored in the final minute to lift Stoke City to a 3-2 win over Chelsea at Britannia Stadium.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scored in the 42nd minute to help Southampton force a 1-1 draw with Manchester City while Manchester United succumbed to a second successive home defeat for the first time since 2002, losing to Newcastle United, 1-0, at Old Trafford.
Other winners were Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.