Liverpool beats West Ham 2-1 to retake top spot
LONDON (AP) — Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League after two penalties from captain Steven Gerrard helped his team beat West Ham 2-1 Sunday.
Gerrard put Liverpool ahead from the spot in the 44th minute after West Ham defender James Tomkins handled a flick from Luis Suarez.
In first-half injury time, West Ham defender Guy Demel equalized when Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet spilled a cross following a controversial challenge from former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Gerrard scored his second in the 71st minute after Jon Flanagan was adjudged to have been brought down by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.
Liverpool’s ninth straight victory Sunday has put the team two points ahead of Chelsea. Manchester City is another two points behind but it has two games in hand.