Arsenal’s thumping away win against Stoke City put Liverpool in a tricky situation ahead of their trip to London Stadium to encounter West Ham United who were upbeat following last week’s win over high-flying Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool had no option but to gather three points from the game and their form against bottom half sides put them under immense pressure ahead of the clash. But the Reds did exceptionally well against the hammers as they secured a monumental 4-0 win that now has put them ahead of Arsenal in top four chase.
Liverpool had a significant injury blow as Roberto Firmino did not travel with the squad with a muscle injury. Klopp change the formation and played a diamond in midfield with two attackers upfront in form of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi. Sturridge, who returned to the starting line up following consecutive injury concerns, proved his worth as he broke the deadlock in first half after picking up Philippe Coutinho’s sensational through ball and made no mistake to beat past Adrian one-on-one. Andre Ayew came close for the hammers as he struck the woodwork twice in closing moments before being collected by Reds custodian Simon Mignolet. First half ended 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
Liverpool was even more ruthless in the second half as they kept on creating goal-bound opportunities. Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum’s thunderous strike struck the woodwork and the hammers defense failed to clear the ball. Philippe Coutinho took full advantage out of it and dribbled past several hammers players before putting it into the back of the net. He then scored again four minutes later from a counter-attacking movement and showed great skills and composure to finish it from close range. Divock Origi, who had a disappointing first half, struck the woodwork and marked his name into the scoresheet a few minutes later when he put the ball into an empty net. The Reds had a scope to make it five past hammers, but Origi decided to try it by himself rather than setting it up for Daniel Sturridge who had an open net. The game however finished 4-0 in favor of the Merseysiders and they now have to defeat relegated Middlesbrough last week at Anfield to seal a Champions League spot for the upcoming campaign.
West Ham United vs Liverpool LineUps:
West Ham United: Adrian, Jose Fonte (Ashley Fletcher 55′), Winston Reid, James Collins, Sam Byram, Havard Nordtveit, Edimilson Fernandes, Aaron Cresswell, Andre Ayew (Robert Snodgrass 77′), Manuel Lanzini, Jonathan Calleri (Sofiane Feghouli 55′)
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho (Ben Woodburn 89′), Adam Lallana ( Marko grujic 89′), Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge ( Lucas Leiva 87′)
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West Ham United vs Liverpool Match Stats:
|Shots (on Target)||10 (3)||26 (11)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||5(2)||10(0)|