Saturday, 31 October 2020 21:46

Photo Credit:Liverpool F.C.

Substitute Diogo Jota scored for the third straight game as Liverpool came from behind to beat in-form West Ham and go top of the Premier League table.

In an intriguing encounter, the Hammers took an early lead through Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals' smart finish which clipped the post on its way in after a poor headed clearance by Joe Gomez.

That was the 15th goal Liverpool have conceded in seven games this season - as many as Chelsea let in all season on their way to the title in 2004-05.

Jurgen Klopp's side were level shortly before half-time, Arthur Masuaku's foul on Mohamed Salah allowing the Egypt forward to equalise from the penalty spot with Liverpool's first attempt on target.

But the Reds, who gave a league debut to central defender Nathaniel Phillips in the absence of injured duo Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, found it tough going.

Jota netted in the 85th minute after a smart pass by fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri - moments after Jota had a goal disallowed for a foul.

Liverpool equalled a club record 63 league games unbeaten at Anfield set by Bob Paisley's all-conquering side between February 1978 and December 1981.

Meanwhile Chelsea kept a fourth clean sheet in a row as Frank Lampard’s side blew away Burnley 3-0 with Hakim Ziyech scoring on his first Premier League start.

The arrival of Edouard Mendy, who has conceded just one goal in six appearances, seems to have settled Lampard's team down defensively, although the goalkeeper was not tested at Turf Moor from the moment Ziyech (26) put the visitors in front.

Kurt Zouma powered home his third goal of the Premier League season (63) from a Mason Mount corner before Timo Werner wrapped up the points with a majestic finish (70) to send Burnley bottom of the league.