The Hammers board have finally lost patience with the Croat, and he faces the chop during the upcoming global break.
"Theoretically" is the key word because in reality, Salah played more like a second centre-forward, and in possession, Liverpool seemed more like a 4-2-4, albeit with Mane and Oxlade-Chamberlain both regularly drifting infield.
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Joel Matip poked home before the break to make it 2-0 with West Ham unable to clear from a low Liverpool corner. Mane played to the left and Roberto Firmino led the line, which resulted in Salah playing as number 10, theoretically bridging the gap between midfield and attack.
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Three minutes later it got even worse for West Ham. Sane picked the ball up outside his own penalty area, raced into the Hammers half, stormed in on goal then unselfishly passed to the in-coming Salah.
That approach was typified by Liverpool's first goal.
Expecting a 4-3-3 it was evident within the opening moments that Liverpool were adopting a 4-4-2; however, as Klopp has mentioned on several occasions, players' starting points are purely that.
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He turned Winston Reid inside-out on the halfway line, leaving the Kiwi mesmerised, and fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who got his first Premier League goal for the Reds at the second time of asking, with Joe Hart saving his initial effort. Meanwhile, West Ham remain a point above the relegation zone after their winless run was extended to four games. The home side was looking to score as it took a corner but the ball was in the net at the other end just 13 seconds later.
The bubbles were still streaming across the London Stadium when Liverpool immediately restored their two-goal lead.