DARWIN Nunez scored his first Anfield goal for Liverpool and Alisson saved a penalty as the Reds defeated West Ham in an incident-packed encounter.
Nunez had already gone close with a rasping attempt when he rose to meet Kostas Tsimikas’ cross and plant a downward header beyond the reach of Lukasz Fabianski.
The busy Nunez was presented with a chance to double the lead moments later but this time, Fabianski was able to save before the Hammers were awarded a penalty after Joe Gomez’s foul on Jarrod Bowen.
Bowen picked himself up to take it but Alisson produced a fine diving save in front of the Kop to ensure Liverpool backed up their excellent win over Manchester City on Sunday with another three points.
Liverpool fans turned up at Anfield wondering whether the team could follow up the win over Manchester City on Sunday.
The Reds have been unpredictable this season but they made it three straight wins in all competitions as Nunez made his mark.
It has not been an easy start to life for the Uruguay striker who arrived to much fanfare from Benfica for an initial £64m in the summer.
Against West Ham, Nunez offered further evidence he is starting to find his rhythm and confidence.
He put himself in an excellent position to meet Tsimikas’ cross and beat Fabianski for his third goal in four games.
Nunez was lively throughout and could have had a hat-trick but 37-year-old Fabianski denied him with two fine saves while the Liverpool forward also hit the post with a powerful attempt.
His scoring streak is welcome news for manager Jurgen Klopp who has lost Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz to injury for the foreseeable future.