West Ham United's former players were the match-winners for Liverpool today as Glen Johnson, Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey all played a big part in the Reds taking three points from Upton Park after having gone in at the break trailing.
Glen Johnson was the scorer of the game's best goal with a brilliantly hit strike after just 10 minutes as he arrowed a shot into the far top corner of the net, giving Jussi Jaaskelainen no chance in the West Ham goal.
It was a fine goal from Johnson, after he cut in from the right flank and marked the game for himself in typical fashion.
Back at Upton Park tom. Love playing there. #GreatClub— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) December 8, 2012
Now, of course, we can see why he loves going "home" so much:
3 - Glen Johnson has now scored in his last three Premier League games against his former side West Ham United. Inevitable.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2012
Johnson was a live wire for the first half an hour, gave the Hammers plenty of problems both inside and outside the box and could even have had a second goal himself.
Liverpool had chances to increase their lead, but unlucky goals against them—a penalty given for a debatable hand ball and an own goal from captain Steven Gerrard—meant that they were behind 2-1 at the interval.
West Ham were the brighter side for part of the second half, though neither goalkeeper was overly troubled until Liverpool stepped up a gear in the final third and scored twice in less than five minutes.
Former West Ham captain Joe Cole got the equaliser after some smart approach play between Sterling and Shelvey, before the latter hustled James Collins into a looping own goal to win the game for the Reds. Glen Johnson again was involved in the buildup to the goal before Jordan Henderson's low cross from the right.