LONDON (NWN) — West Ham fans singing “I’m blowing bubbles forever” can still be heard around the bars of London Stadium, an hour after Liverpool beat Liverpool.
Liverpool were not only prevented from going unbeaten in a club-record 26th match. Jurgen Klopp’s side were relegated from third place in the Premier League by West Ham with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
There isn’t much to celebrate at West Ham, especially in the five years since the stadium moved to the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics.
It’s still an incomplete venue – reconfigured around a running track – but fan discontent and disarray seems to be fading into the past as David Moyes has a club dreaming of unprecedented heights and its fans rejoice. Singing club anthem.
West Ham forward Michael Antonio said of the old stadium, “This season reminds me of the Boleyn ground.” The atmosphere inside, everything is just incredible with West Ham.”
West Ham, whose highest league finish was third in 1986, are looking like title contenders two years after Moyes took charge of a team. Building on a sixth-place finish last season – missing out on Champions League places by two points – West Ham have now opened a top-flight season winning seven out of 11 games for only the second time.
There was a helping hand from Alison Baker.
The Liverpool goalkeeper fluttered in the air to let go of Aaron Creswell’s inswing corner in the fourth minute. After Trent Alexander-Arnold equalized at the end of the first half, Jarrod Bowen ran into the Liverpool defense before sliding the ball to Pablo Fornals, whose shot was helped into the net by a weak touch from Alisson. Another assist came from Bowen in the 74th when Kurt Zouma led a corner through Alison’s raised hand.
Although Divok Origi pulled back once, scoring a goal on the turn, Liverpool got no other goal in April to avoid their first defeat in any competition since Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League last season. It is even further behind – in February – since the 2020 champions lost in the Premier League.
West Ham and leaders Chelsea are now only three points apart, while defending champions Manchester City are only second in terms of goal difference.
Arsenal moved up to fifth place after a 1–0 win over Watford to go 10 unbeaten in all competitions after Emile Smith Rowe opened the Premier League with three losses. Watford finished with 10 men after Juraj Kukka was shown a second yellow card to catch Nuno Tavares in 89th as Claudio Ranieri’s side finished two points and one place above the relegation zone.
A new manager has not resolved Tottenham’s attacking struggles in the league.
Antonio Conte saw Tottenham fail to register a single shot on goal on another lackluster day for Harry Kane in a 0–0 draw with Everton.
The league now has 3 hours, 47 minutes – stretched by the unfortunate reign of Nuno Espirito Santo – since the north London club hit the target. It was too late for Tottenham to take advantage of the man advantage when Mason Holgate was sent off in the 90th to foul on a dangerous foul on Pierre-mile Hjberg.
Everton are ranked 11th and Tottenham are two places better.
A curling finish from Harvey Barnes secured a 1–1 draw for Leicester at Leeds, canceling Rafinha’s free kick. Midtable Leicester have 15 points, four more than Leeds.
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