Salah & Klopp BUST-UP in Hammers draw, linked right-back IN ATTENDANCE - Liverpool FC news recap

On a day when Liverpool hoped to restore some pride following defeat in the Merseyside derby, things couldn't have gone much worse on their visit to the capital.

The Reds finished the day trailling title favourites Manchester City, who have two games in hand, by a point after a disappointing 2-2 draw against West Ham United.

In a flat first half at the London Stadium, Jarrod Bowen gave the Hammers an unexpected lead with a well-timed header via a quickly taken corner in the 43rd minute.

Jurgen Klopp’s side then found renewed energy after the break and took the lead after 20 minutes through a snapshot from Andrew Robertson in the 48th minute, then an Alphonse Areola own goal after Cody Gakpo’s triple-deflected shot inside the penalty area.

However, there was to be another twist in the tale when Michail Antonio’s powerful header levelled the scores again with 15 minutes left to go.

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No red card for Paqueta

In the first flash point in the game, West Ham's Lucas Paqueta escaped punishment for a rash challenge on Alexis Mac Allister, once again flagging inconsistencies in refereeing that have plagued the Premier League all season.

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Ref denies Gakpo goalscoring chance

Referee Anthony Taylor was again in the spotlight in the second half for a contentious decision involving Hammers' keeper Alphonse Areola.

Despite having waved the advantage, the referee then denied Cody Gakpo a clear goalscoring opportunity, blowing the whistle before the Dutchman reached the ball.

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Mo Salah's spat with Jurgen Klopp

However, the biggest event to dominate the headlines was the touchline bust-up between Mo Salah and Jurgen Klopp.

Just as the Egyptian was about to be subbed on with 10 minutes left to go, he reacted badly to something his manager said and started shouting and gesturing as Darwin Nunez attempted to calm him down.

Following the game, he then delivered a shock eight-word response to the spat.

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Moyes gives X-rated Klopp tribute

One of the highlights of a bad day came from an unlikely source: West Ham manager David Moyes.

In a light-hearted post-match press conference punctuated by colourful language, Moyes said, with a smile: "I'll be glad he's gone."

"F****ng too big, teeth are too bright."

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Feyenoord defender in attendance

Speculation increased over potential players following Arne Slot from Feyenoord with the presence of Reds-linked Lutsharel Geertruida among the away fans at the London Stadium.

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Simon Jordan claims Klopp failure is good

The former Crystal Palace owner made the bold claim that Jurgen Klopp's lack of silverware at Liverpool this season could be good for Arne Slot should the Reds hire the Feyenoord coach.

It would take the pressure off the Dutchman, he said.

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Out-of-favour midfielder keen to stay

Ryan Gravenberch is reportedly keen to stay at Liverpool and fight for the chance to impress the incoming Arne Slot.

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Ruben Amorim says London trip was a 'mistake'

Sporting CP coach Ruben Amorim has admitted that his actions this week in travelling to speak with West Ham United were a lapse in judgment.

It seems it's one that could have cost him the Liverpool job.

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Teen signs first professional contract

Exciting Liverpool academy star Kieran Morrison has signed his first professional contract with the Reds after impressing with the club's youth teams this season.

The 17-year-old has dazzled for the U18s this term and has thrived under the tutelage of Marc-Bridge Wilkinson, while also having featured for the U21s in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy.

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