A brace from the English Premier League’s top goal scorer, Luis Suarez, saw Liverpool run out 4-1 winners over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Suarez now has 15 league goals to his name as Liverpool move up to 30 points on the table, four adrift of leaders Arsenal who play Everton on Sunday.
Liverpool dominated terms from the onset and were by far the superior team in the opening 45 minutes.
West Ham were mere spectators in the first half as they struggled to get hold of the ball and looked to be chasing shadows for the majority of the afternoon.
The Reds created one of their best chances on goal in the tenth minute as Philippe Coutinho played Luis Suarez through on goal, but his low shot from a tight angle was well-saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
In the 22nd minute West Ham had a rare foray forward as Modibo Maiga was on the end of a Matt Jarivs cross, but he saw his header superbly saved by Simon Mignolet.
As they half drew to a close Liverpool continued to apply pressure in attack and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 42nd minute as Guy Demel turned the ball into his own net.
Suarez had the initial shot which was saved by Jaaskelainen, but the ball bounced back off Demel and over the line to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead at the break
Three minutes after the restart and the Reds were able to double their lead as Mamadou Sakho found the back of the net after a goalmouth scramble, 2-0.
In the 62nd minute Raheem Sterling should really have found Liverpool’s third goal when Jordan Henderson played him into space, but he slipped as he shot which resulted in his effort going over the bar from close range.
A minute later only the fingertips of Jaaskelainen kept the scoreline unchanged as he dived low to his left to claw out a Sterling shot from just inside the box.
In the 66th minute, very much against the run of play, West Ham were able to pull a goal back as a Jarvis header was toe-poked into the Liverpool net by Martin Skrtel, the second own goal of the game.
That goal changed the game a bit as both teams surged forward in attack, Liverpool hoping to close off the game while West Ham went in search of the equaliser.
West Ham should really have found that equaliser in the 72nd minute as a misguided shot from James Collins fell to Maiga only a couple yards out, but he turned his attempt inches wide of the target, 2-1.
The result, though, was put beyond doubt in the 80th minute by none other than Suarez who headed home a right wing cross from a couple yards out, 3-1.
Things went from bad to worse for West ham as Kevin Nolan was sent from the field three minutes later after receiving a straight red card for a tackle on Henderson.
Suarez found his second goal in the 84th minute after an 18-yard deflected shot wrong footed the keeper and found the back of the net, 4-1.