They came into the game in second after Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against Stoke on Saturday and won out in an incident filled game at Upton Park thanks to two Steven Gerrard penalties.

His first came in the 44th minute after James Tomkins handled – and the goal put Liverpool in front.

That lead was short-lived however as West Ham soon struck back, equalising in first half stoppage time through Guy Demel after Liverpool striker Andy Carroll appeared to foul Simon Mignolet in the build-up.

It meant the second half was finely poised and it was West Ham who had the first real chance, almost taking the lead when Carroll hit the bar.

That though was a close as the Hammers would come and it was Liverpool though who went back in front, Gerrard again converting after Jon Flanagan was brought down by Adrian.

It gave renewed life to Brendan Rodgers’ side and Luis Suarez did his best to extend their lead and his season’s tally, hitting the bar twice as he tried to improve on his 29 goals so far this season.

Liverpool then held off late West Ham pressure to record their ninth league win in a row.

Maximum points from their remaining games, which include clashes against title rivals Man City and Chelsea, will see the Reds win their first title since 1990.

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