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Liverpool draw at West Ham to leave title hopes in tatters

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Liverpool's Premier League title hopes have been left in tatters after a 2-2 draw at West Ham, with the Reds now winning just one of their last five league matches.

After their 2-0 defeat to Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday, the Reds needed a win if they were to realistically keep themselves in the race with Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the table.

But a sluggish first half saw them fall behind as Jarrod Bowen (43) nodded home for West Ham from a quick corner. However, Liverpool were level three minutes after the break when Andy Robertson (48) turned home.

It was a far better performance from Liverpool in the second half and they deservedly went ahead as Cody Gakpo's shot pinballed in off Alphonse Areola (65).

But another unmarked header from Michail Antonio (77) saw West Ham equalise to leave Liverpool two points behind Arsenal and one behind Man City, with the two still to play this weekend. The Hammers move a point behind seventh-placed Newcastle, with the Magpies having played two games more.

Liverpool's frustrations were perhaps clear in the immediate aftermath of West Ham's leveller too as substitute Mohamed Salah - dropped from the starting XI - appeared to argue with manager Jurgen Klopp as he came on.

While the manager did not elaborate on the cause, he told TNT Sports after the game: "We spoke already in the dressing room. For me, that's done."

Asked further in his press conference if Salah was also OK with the dressing room conversation, Klopp replied: "That's my impression, yes."

Later, Salah walked through the post-match mixed zone declining interview requests, telling reporters: "If I speak today there will be fire."