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West Ham 2-2 Liverpool: Michail Antonio equaliser dents Reds’ title hopes

Written by on April 27, 2024

Bowen has scored 16 Premier League goals this season

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes seem all but over after Michail Antonio scored to rescue a point for West Ham at London Stadium.

Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring just before the break when he rose highest to meet Mohammed Kudus’ cross into the area as Liverpool showed little evidence that their Merseyside derby loss in midweek had done much in the way of spurring them on.

But the visitors were much improved in the second half and Andy Robertson equalised when he scored from Luis Diaz’s low pass into the penalty area.

They were then rewarded for their pressure when Cody Gakpo’s effort from a corner ricocheted off Angelo Ogbonna, Tomas Soucek and Alphonse Areola before finding the back of the net.

It looked like they were on their way to bouncing back from back-to-back defeats in the league until Antonio’s thumping header put the Hammers back on level terms.

Liverpool sit third in the table with three games remaining, two points behind leaders Arsenal, who face Tottenham on Sunday, while Manchester City are second but have two games in hand.

Liverpool’s title hopes appear to be all but over, with the Reds relying on both of their title rivals to slip up to get back in the race.

Liverpool’s season petering out

With Dutchman Arne Slot poised to replace Jurgen Klopp this summer after Liverpool agreed a £9.4m compensation deal with his current club Feyenoord, Klopp suggested his successor would be helped by the Reds’ season “not finishing on a high”.

Having won the Carabao Cup in February, the Reds looked on track to fight for a European trophy and stake a strong claim for the Premier League title in Klopp’s last season.

But in the space of about three weeks those hopes have almost completely unravelled and this latest result surely denies Klopp the fairytale ending.

Liverpool were not at their best in the first half, despite captain Virgil van Dijk’s scathing review of his team-mates’ desire following the loss to Everton.

But they emerged from the break more like the Klopp side that fans have come to be familiar with, playing with more intensity and hunger.

After Robertson quickly got his side on level terms, Ryan Gravenberch saw his effort drop agonisingly wide and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long-range effort was well saved by Areola.

A scramble in the West Ham penalty area gave Liverpool the lead, and they could have been out of sight with Diaz and Alexis Mac Allister going close before Vladimir Coufal denied Darwin Nunez a simple tap-in.

But, for all their chances, Liverpool were once again left disappointed as the reign of Klopp risks coming to an end with a whimper.

Mohamed Salah failed to make an impact from the bench after being dropped from the starting line-up and appeared to clash with Klopp on the touchline before coming on in the 79th minute as speculation around the forward’s future at the club continues.

West Ham bounce back with deserved point

West Ham have won only one of their past nine home league games and suffered a heavy defeat by Crystal Palace last time out, their second consecutive loss.

But the return of Bowen, who missed last week’s match with a back injury, proved crucial, with the winger heading home from the middle of a crowded area before setting up Antonio’s equaliser.

His 16 top-flight goals this season will surely have increased his hopes of going to the Euro 2024, with England manager Gareth Southgate watching on in London.

West Ham now sit eighth in the table, with a fourth consecutive season in Europe in their reach.

Despite that success under David Moyes, speculation around the Hammers boss has once again emerged this week, with Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim reportedly in London to discuss replacing the Scot, although the Portuguese said on Saturday the talks were “a mistake”.

Player of the match

BowenJarrod Bowen


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Areola
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 33Emerson
  • 28SoucekSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 74′minutes
  • 19Álvarez
  • 20Bowen
  • 10Lucas Paquetá
  • 14Kudus
  • 9Antonio


  • 1Fabianski
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 11Phillips
  • 17Cornet
  • 18Ings
  • 42Casey
  • 45Mubama


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forGomezat 79′minutes
  • 78QuansahSubstituted forSzoboszlaiat 90+1′minutes
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 10Mac AllisterBooked at 90mins
  • 3EndoBooked at 30minsSubstituted forNúñezat 79′minutes
  • 38Gravenberch
  • 19Elliott
  • 18Gakpo
  • 7DíazSubstituted forSalahat 79′minutes


  • 2Gomez
  • 5Konaté
  • 8Szoboszlai
  • 9Núñez
  • 11Salah
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 43Bajcetic
  • 62Kelleher

Live Text

  1. Match ends, West Ham United 2, Liverpool 2.

  2. Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Liverpool 2.

  3. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Alexis Mac Allister.

  4. Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

  5. Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Foul by Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool).

  7. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Foul by Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool).

  9. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Robertson with a cross following a corner.

  11. Substitution, Liverpool. Dominik Szoboszlai replaces Jarell Quansah.

  12. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Vladimír Coufal.

  13. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Darwin Núñez following a fast break.

  14. Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jarell Quansah.

  15. Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Delay in match because of an injury Alphonse Areola (West Ham United).

  17. Attempt blocked. Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Attempt blocked. Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Robertson with a cross.

  19. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Edson Álvarez.

  20. Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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