The Reds could only extend their advantage over the champions by a point in midweek as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City, 24 hours after City suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United. They should have been seven clear on Wednesday; a week later they could find themselves wondering where their lead went. It's nothing we can change right now. The Hammers haven't been at their best recently, and following their losses to Bournemouth and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers, they are now stationed in 12th place in the league standings.
Manchester City will be watching events at the London Stadium closely as they attempt to chase down the Reds, just as they did under Pellegrini in 2014 to claim the title.
Hammers captain Mark Noble, meanwhile, said: 'We defended fantastically well and probably deserved to win tonight.
"We are still second".
'You have to keep your shape and stop them.
"It is not exactly going how we want - that's how it is".
West Ham, who had been the better side to that point, levelled through Michail Antonio within six minutes, with the kind of goal that title hopefuls simply shouldn't be conceding. "We can not say more".
A hard few weeks got worse for the 23 year-old, who was exposed in the most telling moments of a challenging evening for a team that has lost some of its fizz in a run of just two victories from their last five matches before this meeting.
"I talked about this four years ago". "Our target is to go as far as possible in all the competitions". We have the squad to be able to do that. Having failed to make much of an impact against Leicester City last time out, Salah will be gunning to fire his team to a win on Monday night.
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