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Egypt's Salah leads Liverpool fightback against West Ham

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah scored his seventh goal of the season

AP , Saturday 31 Oct 2020
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his sides first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP)
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Liverpool Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah scored the equaliser from the penalty spot, then second half substitute Diogo Jota scored an 85th-minute winner to seal the Reds fghtback against West Ham 2-1 on Saturday and move top of the Premier League.

Jota had just had a goal disallowed following an intervention by VAR when he ran onto a perfectly weighted pass from fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri and slotted home his finish in front of an empty Kop stand at Anfield.

Portugal winger Jota, who joined from Wolverhampton in the summer transfer window, has now scored in three straight matches.

Liverpool fought back from going behind to a 10th-minute goal by Pablo Fornals, with Mohamed Salah scoring the equalizer from the penalty spot in the 42nd after being tripped from behind by Arthur Masuaku.

The defending champions moved three points clear of Everton with a fifth win in seven games so far in their title defense.

By avoiding defeat, Liverpool tied the club-record of 63 home league games unbeaten and has won 29 of its past 30 top-flight matches at Anfield.

Liverpool's injury problems at center back led manager Jurgen Klopp to give Nat Phillips, a 23-year-old who spent last season on loan at Stuttgart in Germany's second division, his Premier League debut.

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