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Liverpool left looking over shoulder as West Ham strike

Missed opportunity: Mane holds his head in his hands PICTURE: REX

West Ham 1 — 1 Liverpool

JURGEN KLOPP looked a concerned man last night as leaders Liverpool dropped two crucial points in the race for the Premier League title.

The Reds can now lose pole position if Manchester City win at Everton tomorrow after being held to a draw by West Ham at the London Stadium.

Liverpool blew a lead for the second time in a week after allowing their advantage to slip against Leicester City at Anfield last Wednesday.

Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his side could not play any worse after their 3-0 defeat at Wolves, following an FA Cup upset at Wimbledon.

But they started brightly and twice went close through Javier Hernandez, in for the injured Marko Arnautovic, while Aaron Cresswell also went close.

It was Liverpool who took the lead, however, with a controversial goal which should not have been allowed to stand.

James Milner was a yard offside in front of the assistant referee when he was found by Adam Lallana and crossed for Sadio Mane to turn smartly and score for a third straight game.

The lead lasted just six minutes, though, as Michail Antonio steered a drive in off the far post after the Reds were caught napping at a free-kick.

Liverpool, owners of the best defensive record in the division, were almost undone by another set-piece but Declan Rice headed over from ten yards.

Mark Noble should have done better when he blazed over from 12 yards before Reds substitute Divock Origi had a golden chance to bag the winner with the last kick but his finish lacked power.

The draw extends Liverpool’s lead to three points, but City will smell blood.