A new position for Philippe Coutinho saw the Brazilian provide a masterclass for Liverpool to take three vital points in their chase for a top-four finish.
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
Premier League, London Stadium
May 14, 2017
Sturridge 35′ (assist – Coutinho)
Coutinho 62′ (assist – Wijnaldum)
Liverpool took the lead on 35 minutes when Coutinho played a beautiful ball from deep in midfield for Sturridge to run on to, being played onside by Jose Fonte. Sturridge rounded ‘keeper Adrian and slotted for 1-0 and his first goal since January.
- 2 goals and an assist for Coutinho in ‘new’ role
- Sturridge provides better movement up front
- Win keeps top four finish in our own hands
It should have been 1-1 at half-time though, with Andre Ayew somehow missing from two yards out from a corner just before the break. His shot somehow hit the post and Liverpool got a lucky break.
Klopp’s side started the second half well, forcing three quick saves out of Adrian in quick succession.
The two-goal cushion arrived just before the hour, when Coutinho provided a lovely composed finish from the edge of the box.
The Brazilian stepped inside two defenders on the edge of the box and coolly placed the ball past Adrian.
Coutinho’s goal arrived seconds after Gini Wijnaldum had fired a volley from 25 yards which smashed the bar.
Finally there was some breathing space for Liverpool and more was to come just five minutes later.
The third arrived again from Coutinho, who finished by hammering in from close range after a counter-attack following a claim for handball by Wijnaldum inside the area off a corner.
The fourth then arrived from Origi but was made by Sturridge. The returning forward forced the opportunity with some nice feet down the right, and the ball eventually fell nicely for Origi to poke home from close range.
TIA Man of the Match: Philippe Coutinho
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Subs: Randolph, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Ogbonna, Fletcher, Quina, Rice.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana (Woodburn 89), Coutinho (Grujic 89), Origi, Sturridge (Lucas 86).
Subs not used: Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan.