JURGEN KLOPP admitted Liverpool got lucky after they were handed victory on a plate by West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The runaway leaders were 2-1 down and in danger of suffering their first Premier League defeat in 13 months until Fabianski allowed Mo Salah’s tame effort to trickle through his hands.
And Fabianski was nowhere to be seen when Sadio Mane was allowed a simple tap-in to complete a late Anfield comeback.
Relieved Klopp said: “All the goals we scored were strange. We were a bit lucky with Salah’s goal because Fabianski will normally save that and then Mane’s goal was a bit lucky with the deflection.
“But even at 2-1 down I didn’t feel any nerves around Anfield. I don’t think anyone in the stadium thought it wasn’t possible.
“There were so many things we could do better but to get to this number of games unbeaten, you can’t be brilliant all the time.”
It’s not about shining in every game but if the boys are ready to work hard I’m not concerned
Liverpool have now matched Manchester City’s Premier League record of 18 straight wins and Klopp admitted: “I never thought that would be broken or equalled but we’ve done it and I can’t believe it’s happened.
“But there is still a job to do and we have to keep winning. It’s not about shining in every game but as long as the boys are ready to work hard I’m not concerned.”
Hammers boss David Moyes said: “I’m really disappointed that we didn’t hang on to get at least a point after getting ourselves into that position.
“Lukasz Fabianski has been great for us but when you’re in our position you need to get over individual mistakes straight away and not let it happen again.
“This wasn’t a big game for us. Our really big games start now and we need everyone in the best possible form.
“Tonight’s performance is a positive but it’s points that we want and I’d rather go away with a result and say we were rubbish.”
Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said: “We dominated the game and we’re happy with the win but there’s still a lot we need to get right.
“But the manager always gives us freedom because he understands our qualities and lets us express ourselves as much as possible.
“We’re an attacking side and we want to be scoring goals and hurting opponents.
“We’re happy with how things have gone so far and we’re in a good position but we need to keep focused on the main goal.
“We’re confident and we believe in our ability and the way we play. There is a hunger to be as successful as possible, to win every game and be the best team around.”