Arsenal’s late surge had put Jurgen Klopp’s side under immense pressure, but they responded in style and will definitely finish in the top four if they beat relegated
Anything other than a victory at West Ham’s London Stadium would have left
But once Daniel Sturridge put them ahead in the 35th minute, they were relatively comfortable.
Brazilian playmaker 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.
Liverpool have 73 points with one game left, one ahead of Man City and four more than Arsenal, who both have two to play.
“It was a fantastic game, but difficult. At the end it was amazing, but the start was not that good. After that, we controlled the game and took our chances,” Klopp said.
“We scored some really nice goals, but in the first half West Ham had big, big chances – especially to equalise before halftime. It was really unlucky for West Ham, but it was really lucky from our position.”
West Ham’s Sam Byram wasted a golden chance early on, shooting wide after being played clear by Manuel Lanzini.
Joel Matip struck the underside of the crossbar for
The goal Liverpool craved arrived when the silky Coutinho’s defence-splitting pass sent Sturridge clear, and he left keeper
Klopp’s side could breathe easy though when Coutinho fired in a rebound after 57 minutes after Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot cannoned back off the woodwork.
Four minutes later, Coutinho made the points safe after finishing off a counter-attack, although West Ham’s players were incensed that a foul in the build-up had gone unpunished.
Origi steered in Liverpool’s fourth as the visiting fans celebrated a likely return to
Not that Klopp is taking anything for granted.
“The first thing the boys said in the dressing room – and I didn’t have to tell them – was ‘one more game’.”