Liverpool has kept the pressure on City at the top by seeing off a stubborn West Ham side.
The hosts’ victory wasn’t certain despite Mane’s first-half strike, with West Ham creating plenty of chances.
The Reds tightened up after half-time, though and, aided by Bowen’s unfortunate injury, snuffed the visitors out without adding to their lead.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson;
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson;
Jordan Henderson (c), Fabinho, Naby Keita;
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.
SUBS: Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, Harvey Elliott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Joseph Gomez, Caoimhin Kelleher, James Milner.
WEST HAM UNITED (3-4-3): Lukasz Fabianski;
Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell (c);
Ben Johnson, Tomas Soucek, Nikola Vlasic, Pablo Fornals;
Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini.
SUBS: Alex Kral, Armstrong Okoflex, Ryan Fredericks, Said Benrahma,
Daniel Chesters, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble, Alphonse Areola.
LIVERPOOL 1-0 WEST HAM UNITED. It’s been coming. Alexander-Arnold chests the ball down on the edge of the box and rolls it across the face of the goal. Mane nips in behind Dawson to fire it home. After a quick VAR check, the goal is allowed to stand.
Mane is the match-winner.
This was far from a vintage win for Liverpool, which was reflected in their winning goal via Mane, who now has 12 league goals for the campaign – one more than last season.
Alexander-Arnold set up that goal and now has 16 assists in all competitions for the Reds this term.
This season is Mane’s best in a single campaign after registering 15 twice before.
So, what’s next for Liverpool and West Ham United?
Liverpool march on in the Premier League, then, and they’ll enter the second leg of their Champions League tie with Inter next week full of confidence.
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