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FT: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool: Reds leave Hammers blue, Bilic’s time could be through

Will this be the end for Slaven Bilic?

West Ham United v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

West Ham United knew Saturday’s fixture against a formidable Liverpool side could spell the end of Slaven Bilic.

After their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool, the end could be now for the Croatian’s tenure.

Two goals from Mohamed Salah were the catalyst in the Reds clear win, as the Hammers solid opening 20 minute start was erased by the Egyptain star. Salah gave the first signs that this could be the last match for Bilic in the West Ham touchline when he calmly finished past Joe Hart off a devastating counter from a Hammers corner in the 21st minute.

Just when they were recovering from the blow of the opener, the Hammers conceded another backbreaking goal just three minutes later, when Joel Matip capitalized off of horrendous set piece defending in the 24th minute to make it 2-0 Reds, and faces of either red or blue for Hammers nation.

If the first half had its share of entertainment, the second half truly was a massive treat for any neutral. Manuel Lanzini provided the Hammers with the first evidence of trying to match their EFL Cup comeback against Tottenham, with fine chest control from a perfect Andre Ayew cross to finish past Simon Mignolet in the 55th minute.

But just when it seemed like the Hammers were beginning to record another two goal, notable response, immediately right from kickoff after Lanzini’s tally did they concede a third. Aaron Cresswell was too narrow and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage to finish past Joe Hart after his England teammate denied him the first time to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead.

And more home misery was placed on Bilic and the Hammers, when the sensational Salah made it a brace with a fine volley finish past Hart in the 75th minute.

If this is to be the last game for Slaven Bilic, then the tenure for whoever the interim manager for West Ham will begin in two weeks time after the international break. The Hammers proceeding contest will be against high flyers Watford on November 19.