Reds ready to finish top four charge - Sturridge

Geronimo Vena
Mag 15, 2017

With the London Stadium aghast as they cried for a penalty, Liverpool stayed in tune and swept forward at pace, Coutinho eventually the man who would clinically finish, dancing past two defenders before lashing the ball beyond a helpless Adrian.

Out of their 19 league games at home this season, the Hammers have lost eight of them - winning just seven.

Pep and Jurgen will already be disappointed as they have no chance of a trophy and missing out on the top four would make that so much worse. "We know the situation and no one will underestimate the next game".

"On the other hand it is no good having a player and you can't rely on him". It is not the name we bring on the pitch, it is the player, the human being, in this specific shape. We wanted to put in the same performance as we did against Spurs, or similar.

Sturridge had not started a top-flight match for Jurgen Klopp's side since featuring in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland on January 2, but displayed the clinical edge Liverpool have at times lacked in front of goal with a superb run and finish midway through the first half at London Stadium.

Reds captain James Milner this week admitted he would feel "sick" if Liverpool ultimately failed to qualify for the Champions League. "They have nothing to lose while we have everything to win", said the German, whose team climbed back into third.

"But one of them will not make it".

Liverpool dropped two points as they were held 0-0 at home by Southampton last weekend, and can be grateful that their fate is still in their own hands thanks to Manchester United's defeat at Arsenal.

"That is why I'd like to give credit to the players, because it was very hard".

Victory against Middlesbrough on the final day of the season will guarantee Liverpool a Champions League place in 2017-18. Divock Origi steered in Liverpool's fourth as the visiting fans celebrated a likely return to Europe's elite competition.

The visitors also hit the woodwork three times, registered 26 shots in total and dominated possession in an embarrassingly one-sided contest that rather summed up West Ham's season. Slaven Bilic made two enforced changes after Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate were ruled out until the end of the season.

"If you have no pressure you don't go for anything, that's the 100% truth". Their next match is against doomed Middlesbrough, and the game against West Ham demonstrated just how poor teams can be when they have nothing to play for.

How does the top-four race stand?

"It probably has influence, that's how it is", he added.

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