Philippe Coutinho kept Liverpool's Champions League challenge in their own hands by destroying West Ham at the London Stadium.Read the full story ›
Champions League qualification remains in Liverpool's hands, thanks to an emphatic performance and victory at the London Stadium. Coutinho ran riot with two goals and an assist, Sturridge found the net for the first time since January and Origi tapped in a late fourth to ease the pressure on Jurgen Klopp and bring a difficult first season for West Ham at their shiny new home to a fittingly inglorious conclusion.
Liverpool are doing whatever they want at the London Stadium now. Sturridge stands up Cresswell on the right flank before breezing past him and clipping a cross into Lallana, whose shot is smothered by Adrian. The ball runs free to Wijnaldum and the Dutchman's wayward effort is touched into an empty net by Origi. So, so easy.
Liverpool are home and dry and the London Stadium is in uproar. Wijnaldum gets away with what appears to be a clear handball in the penalty area and the visitors break in numbers. The ball eventually makes its way to Coutinho, who cuts inside Collins and takes his time before smashing his second goal of the afternoon beyond Adrian. He's running riot.
Liverpool's intensity at the beginning of this second half has been very impressive and moments after Wijnaldum's dipping volley crashes off Adrian's crossbar, Coutinho jinks past two West Ham defenders before finding the bottom corner with a low shot.
Liverpool are 45 minutes away from the victory they desperately need to keep Arsenal at bay in the race for a top-four finish, but West Ham have created enough opportunities to suggest there could be a few more twists in store here. Jurgen Klopp's men look vulnerable defensively and Ayew in particular will still be wondering how he didn't equalise from a yard out shortly before the interval.
He may not have found the net since January, but Sturridge has vindicated Jurgen Klopp's decision to start him by scoring what could prove to be a crucial goal in the Premier League's top four race. Coutinho's incisive through pass catches Byram sleeping and sends the England international clean through on goal. He nervelessly rounds Adrian and slots in.
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