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5 Takeaways From West Ham's Magnificent Victory Over Liverpool

Slaven Bilic's West Ham beat Liverpool for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon, with a confident and classy display.


Here are five things we learnt from the 2-0 win at the Boleyn Ground.

5. Payet Picked Up Where He Left Off

​Dimitri Payet's return was all West Ham fans were talking about before today's game, and it's no surprise.


The Frenchman was supposed to only be used is completely necessary, but with his side 2-0 up, Bilic brought the magician on.


His best moment showed that he is ready to pick up right where he left off, ready to impress football fans around the world and lift the Hammers to new heights.


He cooly beat one man with a step over, before fooling two more with Maradona turns, as cool as a cucumber.

4. Antonio Is Improving

​Michail Antonio was finally given a chance to impress because of the injuries in Bilic's squad, and he showed potential in his first few games.


However, his inexperience was clear and he would shoot when there were passes available and pass when he could have ran.


Against Liverpool though, Antonio was at his best, showing the sort of form he showed at Nottingham Forest, and even netted an excellent header to open the scoring.


He possesses pace, strength and a good final ball, and could be a key man if he continues to improve at this rate.

3. Collins Continues to Surprise

​James Collins has been at fault for more goals conceded that any other West Ham player since rejoining from Aston Villa, but he has hit form at the right time.


With Winston Reid out injured, the Welshman has upped his game and was awarded the Man of the Match award against Liverpool.


Collins threw himself in front of everything and won virtually every aerial battle, keeping Christian Benteke quiet for the full 90 minutes.


It's three points, but also another clean sheet for West Ham, largely thanks to James Collins.

2. Carroll Can Be Key

​There has been a lot of conversation in recent months about whether or not Andy Carroll should stay or go this January, but he is making a good case to stay.


Winning goals against Chelsea, Southampton and now Liverpool have put him back in the starting eleven and Diafra Sakho will have to work hard to force his way back in.


Carroll was relatively quiet throughout today, apart from his goal, but at the end of the day that's what counts.


Mark Noble's cross was met perfectly by the number 9, and his header was unstoppable, right into the far corner.

1. Hammers' Bad Form Is Over

​November and December were horrible months for West Ham, with over half of their starting eleven out injured.


In nine games, Slaven Bilic's side failed to win a single game, but now that some injured men are returning and confidence is building, you feel as though the bad run of form is over.


Fifth place in the table, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, West Ham have the potential to finish in a European place this season, and they are starting to show the form that gained all the plaudits at the beginning of the season.