Mo Salah’s brace led Liverpool to a 3-1 West Ham United win.
Without generating obvious opportunities, Liverpool dominated the first half.
But the arrival of replacement Curtis Jones quickly gave the Reds an impetus.
He moved on to Salah on the right side of the box and curled in typical fashion inside the far post.
Later, Jones played the ball around the field to Xherdan Shaqiri, who curved the ball behind the West Ham defense for the first time.
And the second goal was a sublime counter-attack goal as Salah brought the ball down beautifully with his right foot before sneaking past Lukasz Fabianski with his left.
Georginho Wijnaldum then made it three goals after Roberto Firmino squared the ball to him six yards out.
Toward the end, Hammers’ Craig Dawson poked home a corner from close range for a consolation.
Finally, though, it can be said that Liverpool’s defense of the Premier League title is still very much intact.
West Ham – Liverpool (1:3):
Goals: Salah (57, 68), Wijnaldum (84), Dawson (87)
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Fredericks 79), Benrahma, Fornals (Yarmolenko 62), Antonio (Noble 79).
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri (Firmino 69), Milner (Jones 57), Salah, Origi (Oxlade-Chamberlain 80).