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Tomas Soucek was left visibly gutted following West Ham’s defeat to Liverpool on Monday night but it wasn’t necessarily to do with the result.

The Hammers were narrowly beaten 3-2 by the Premier League champions-elect on Monday night in a game where Liverpool were made to sweat.

Soucek approached Van Dijk in the tunnel at Anfield where West Ham almost denied Liverpool an 18th successive league win

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Soucek approached Van Dijk in the tunnel at Anfield where West Ham almost denied Liverpool an 18th successive league win

Soucek and West Ham pushed Liverpool all the way, but lost 3-2 despite being 2-1 up at Anfield

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Soucek and West Ham pushed Liverpool all the way, but lost 3-2 despite being 2-1 up at Anfield

The visitors, who are in the relegation zone, pushed them all the way and were 2-1 up in the second half thanks to goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals.

But strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men would get the three points.

Soucek played well but his night came to an abrupt end in the 47th minute as he went off injured but it wasn’t even the injury that upset him.

After the game finished, the midfielder caught up with Liverpool’s star defender Virgil van Dijk and asked him if he wanted to swap shirts.

However, Van Dijk declined Soucek’s request as he had already arranged to swap with Fornals.

And much like Bart catching Ralph Wiggum’s heart break on television, Liverpool’s ‘Inside Anfield’ series caught the moment Soucek’s dreams were shattered.

You can see the moment from 12:10 of the clip.

Next up for the Hammers is a must-win home match against Southampton on Saturday, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 3pm.

A win for The Reds will see them surpass Manchester City’s record of 18 successive Premier League wins and move a step closer to a first title win since 1990.

Liverpool need four more wins to become the new champions of England and can do it on 21 March against Crystal Palace.

However, if the Reds beat Chelsea in the FA Cup next week, then the Palace clash will have to be rescheduled, meaning the chance will roll over into their next league fixture. This is at reigning champions Man City and the league leaders would need just a point provided both Liverpool and Man City win their games prior to that clash of the titans.

West Ham, currently in the bottom three, have a very difficult run of fixtures as they face Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea in their following four Premier League clashes.