Liverpool continue to hurtle towards a first Premier League title on a weekend in which the top four and relegation battles continue to throw up surprises.
Georginio Wijnaldum headed Liverpool in front after nine minutes, only for Issa Diop’s header to then pull West Ham level just minutes later.
Pablo Fornals then put the Hammers ahead from Declan Rice’s 54th minute cross until Mohamed Salah restored parity when he dispatched Andrew Robertson’s cross under Lukasz Fabianski’s legs.
Liverpool then eventually guaranteed themselves a 22 point cushion over Manchester City, through Sadio Mane’s late strike to secure a 3-2 home win over West Ham.Embed from Getty Images
Gabriel Jesus’ late strike gifted Man City a narrow win at Leicester, putting the Citizens seven points of the third-placed Foxes.
Chelsea remain in pole position for fourth after beating Tottenham through goals from Oliver Giroud and Marcos Alonso, although Erik Lamela denied the Blues a clean sheet with a late effort to reduce the deficit.
Bruno Fernandes produced a goal and assist as Manchester United thrashed second-bottom Watford 3-0 to climb to fifth, as the Hornets remain a point adrift of safety.Embed from Getty Images
Down in the relegation zone, Norwich remain rock-bottom after Diogo Jota collected a brace and assist, as Wolves battered the Canaries in a three goal thumping at Molineux.
Aston Villa remain a point above the final relegation spot following West Ham’s defeat, as clinical strikes from Shane Long and Stuart Armstrong gifted Southampton victory in a tight encounter at St Marys’ Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Sheffield United were held to a draw at home by Brighton after Enda Stevens’ volley was cancelled out by a header from Neal Maupay.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace helped Arsenal defeat Everton in a five goal thriller to send the Gunners up to ninth, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had initially put the Toffees ahead in the opening minute.
Bournemouth twice fell foul of VAR as they fell to three second half goals at Burnley, whose second goal came via a Jay Rodriguez penalty following Adam Smith’s handball which had triggered an initial counter-attack that led to Harry Wilson briefly equalising.
Finally, Patrick van Anholt’s excellent free-kick was enough for Crystal Palace to defeat Newcastle United.