EPL 2016/17: West Ham 0-4 Liverpool, 5 Talking Points


EPL 2016/17: West Ham 0-4 Liverpool, 5 Talking Points

Daniel Sturridge was pleased to play his part as Liverpool moved to the brink of Champions League qualification with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

Klopp's men can clinch a return to Europe's top competition if they beat already-relegated Middlesbrough in their final fixture on Sunday, but the German insists it is no foregone conclusion. "We know about the situation, the difficulty of the next game - no one will underestimate this". West Ham think the worst of it is over, and then Coutinho collects it outside the box, dances past two defenders, and squeezes a shot between Adrian and the far post.

Coutinho struck twice in the space of four minutes midway through the second half and Divock Origi rubbed salt into West Ham's wounds as the visitors ran riot.

West Ham were angered that Matip escaped with an elbow on Winston Reid but Liverpool broke and Coutinho danced past Collins easily before netting.

The Brazilian master provided a moment of magic to set up Daniel Sturridge for the first-half opener, and then scored two sensational solo goals after the break.

With Manchester City and Arsenal all recording wins on Saturday, the pressure was on Liverpool to deliver a result if a top-four finish was to remain in their own hands. But counting points before you have them is really silly, so we will not do this.

"We were the dominant side, but they had absolutely one of the biggest chances I've ever seen in my life". West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "I am very disappointed the way we played".

Bilic conceded his players should have tracked the likes of Sturridge closer on Sunday, but admitted West Ham didn't put in a good enough performance all-round to warrant victory over the Reds.

After the match, the Irons boss said: "We have to be honest".

There was also something notable about Coutinho's first goal of the game as it was the 14th he has scored from outside the penalty area since his Liverpool debut.

'We wanted to avoid that factor of complacency but obviously it was there, at least subconsciously.