Liverpool fans react to West Ham win and Daniel Sturridge’s return

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Liverpool won 2-0 against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, and we look at how those associated with the Reds reacted on social media both during and after the game.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 31, 2015: Liverpool's celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Much of the pre-match hype was about the return of Daniel Sturridge, having missed five months of action because of injury.

It was the 25-year-old who made the headlines, ultimately, scoring clinically just 12 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.

In truth, there have been more memorable afternoons at Anfield, and the freezing cold conditions certainly didn’t help the crowd or the players, but it was solid victory against a West Ham side with Champions League aspirations of their own.

Raheem Sterling’s expertly taken effort gave Liverpool the lead five minutes after half-time, after a wondrous Philippe Coutinho pass, and Sturridge put the game to bed midway through the second-half. It’s now seven Premier League games unbeaten for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

Here is how social media reacted to the victory, and Sturridge’s triumphant return.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 31, 2015: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge celebrate after the 2-0 victory over West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

‘hoosierred’ on the forum:

Sturridge showed exactly what this team has be missing all season. And why none of the other three strikers are starting even though no one else on the team can shoot.

Solid performance all around. Controlled the midfield, created chance after chance and finally finished a couple. Outside of swinging elbows West Ham created very little trouble for our defense.

‘Hope in your heart’ on the forum:

Pretty much a walk in the park, at least during the second half. Excellent element of control in midfield, great chances created (Coutinho… what a player!) and obviously, a genuine striker coming back into the team makes all the difference in the fluidity of our game in front of goal.

https://twitter.com/briankettle/status/561560536648003584

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