Jurgen Klopp hails 'machine' Sadio Mane after he makes Liverpool return

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he is under "big pressure" and in a "very difficult" situation after a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool. Some of their fans left after Liverpool's second goal, however, fearful of what was to come.

Mohamed Salah scored twice for the Reds and Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also netted at the London Stadium.

There were fears that the Senegal worldwide would have to sit out of the upcoming home and away qualifiers after suffering a hamstring injury while on global duty with the Teranga Lions last month, but Mane has returned to training and could feature for his club this weekend. "I never did it before", Klopp said. Sadio is a naturally fit player, he is a machine.

The victory lifted Liverpool to level on points with top-five sides Chelsea and Arsenal, who face tough challenges against Manchester United and City, respectively, on Sunday.

Some reports even claim former Everton and Sunderland manager David Moyes is being considered to take over until the end of the season in a bid to drag West Ham away from the foot of the table. It's the second in a row at home. What Liverpool surely required was someone who could drop off, create three-against-two situations in midfield to bypass Noble and Pedro Obiang.

Yet the more direct approach got West Ham back into the game - for one full minute. Ayew this time crossed to Lanzini at the back post, and Lanzini controlled the ball expertly on his chest before poking a smart finish past Simon Mignolet.

Salah stayed rather too high up the pitch, with he and Firmino playing into the hands of West Ham's three-man defence.

"Our counter-attacking was pretty ideal, we had some wonderful play", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who was boosted by the return of Sadio Mane after a month out, said.

The source said West Ham's hierarchy feel the timing is right to make a change in the hopes that the upcoming worldwide break will give the new manager time to settle in before the Hammers' next game, away to Watford on November 19.

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