Liverpool thrash West Ham 4-0 to close in on Champions League

May 17, 2017, 13:01
Liverpool thrash West Ham 4-0 to close in on Champions League

Liverpool, who are battling to hold on to a place in the top four, host relegated Middlesbrough in their last game of the season yesterday.

Anything other than a victory at West Ham's London Stadium would have left Liverpool relying on other results going its way but once Daniel Sturridge put it ahead in the 35th minute it was relatively comfortable.

As for Slaven Bilic and West Ham, they find themselves in 12th, with their post-match lap of honour around a largely empty London Stadium as underwhelming as their performance on the pitch.

"Part of our life is to handle pressure, to ignore the bad part of pressure and to use the good part of pressure", Klopp said.

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"It was hard work, and there were a few moments where the game could have changed, but we played really good and we were deserved winners", said Anfield boss Klopp. "We know about the situation, we know about the difficulty of the next game and nobody will go into this game and underestimate Middlesbrough even one per cent".

Jose Mourinho bizarrely insisted that rival clubs would envy his side's position.

"You only have to look at the teamsheet and it had goals, creative players, it had everything really, and I felt we trusted that, we trusted our ability".

Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho bagged a brace, and Divock Origi also found the back of the net, although it was England worldwide Daniel Sturridge who opened the proceedings for the Reds against the Hammers.

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Sturridge was another to shine, scoring his first goal since January 2 after an injury-hit season. We have to be honest about it.

"We all fancied him to score". "I'm glad to be starting and glad to be providing some chances for the boys. We wanted to avoid that factor of complacency but obviously it was there, at least sub-consciously".

"Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world", he told ESPN Brazil. "We need that Champions League spot so we can get the money to make the squad stronger and more competitive".

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