West Ham v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Our matchday blog told the whole story as Liverpool claimed a massive 4-0 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium in the Premier League...
Firmino fitness update
Klopp confirmed at his post-match press conference that there was 'no chance' Roberto Firmino could have featured in this game after he was sidelined from training with a muscle issue.
The Brazilian could come back into contention for the season finale against Middlesbrough next weekend, though. That "would be cool" said the manager.
Klopp: “The first sentence in the dressing room: one more time, one more game, we have to stay focused 100 per cent.”
52 - Liverpool have now won at 52 different grounds in the Premier League; the most of any team in competition history. Influence.— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 14th May 15:10
Tremendous 4-0 with Coutinho's brace, and goals from Sturridge and Origi #cleansheet #lfc https://t.co/2IFZ9Qc3MO— Linda_Pizzuti (Linda Pizzuti Henry) 14th May 15:06
Great result,great performance under immense pressure ,well done Redmen,finish the job next week— Phil_Thompson4 (Phil Thompson) 14th May 15:08
The stats from an outstanding afternoon for Liverpool...
Here's what that result means for the Premier League top six...
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
A hugely significant victory for Liverpool, with Sturridge, Coutinho (two) and Origi on target in the capital to claim three points that mean a top-four finish can be secured with a win over Middlesbrough at Anfield next weekend. Brilliant stuff from Klopp's side today.
Two minutes added on at London Stadium.
Grujic and Woodburn on.
Coutinho and Lallana off.
Snodgrass went close to a great consolation for the Hammers, whacking a fine volley first time from a long ball crossfield - but it glides just off target. Unlucky.
It's four for Liverpool!
On their latest foray forward, Lallana was denied at close range by Adrian, but the ball ultimately came out to Origi for the Belgian to slot into the back of the net.
Coutinho attemped to complete a hat-trick with a free-kick effort from the left channel, but on that occasion the No.10 got his angles wrong and the shot was harmless.
Match shot: Sheer joy
Mignolet stood up well as substitute Fletcher raced clear along the left flank and into the penalty area. The forward looked to beat the Belgian at his near post, but he was equal to it.
14 - Philippe Coutinho has scored 14 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; no player has scored more. Archer.— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 14th May 14:33
So close to a fourth for Liverpool!
Origi tried his luck with an ambitious effort from long range that dipped dangerously towards goal, but not quite enough and instead bounced out off the crossbar
Collins into the book.
Exactly what Klopp would have wanted.
West Ham launched a big claim for a penalty inside the Liverpool box that was rejected, with Wijnaldum accused of a foul on Reid, allowing the visitors to counter and Coutinho eventually - and calmly - step around his marker and blast into the net.
What a strike 👌🏻😍— RobjonesLFC2 (Rob Jones) 14th May 14:30
It's 2-0 to Liverpool and another exquisite finish.
After Wijnaldum went close to a late Goal of the Season contender with an outrageous first-time volley that smacked against the crossbar, Coutinho picked up possession, dribbled through the home defence and slid a shot into the bottom corner. His 12th goal of 2016-17 and perhaps the most important.
Double change by Bilic...
Feghouli and Fletcher on.
Calleri and Fonte off.
A clever pass between defenders by Sturridge released Origi in behind with space to pick out a cross - there was no obvious target in the middle, but West Ham conceded a corner with a rash clearance. Excellent from Liverpool so far in the second half.
Yellow card shown to Fernandes for a cynical tackle on Coutinho.
A quick start by Liverpool and Adrian was forced into a reaction save from Origi's half-volley on Lallana's knockdown - which took a deflection en route.
Sturridge was unable to mop up the rebound, before Wijnaldum then worked the West Ham 'keeper with a daisy-cutter that might have nestled inside the right post but for his save.
We're back under way, Lallana kicking off for Liverpool.
The half-time stats at London Stadium...
Round the 'keeper and in...
West Ham 0-1 Liverpool
An incident-filled half at London Stadium ends with the visitors ahead. Sturridge's clinically-taken goal separates the sides, though Ayew's double hitting of the post in the closing moments served a reminder that there is work to be done.
We might need a rocket scientist to explain how Liverpool are still in front.
A corner in from the left side found Ayew completely free at the back post, but his prodded finish was directed against the post. A scramble ensued and the West Ham forward had another attempt, again striking the woodwork and Mignolet eventually collected the loose ball.
Match shot: What it means
Coutinho corner, Matip header, off target. A connection that is really working so far today, aside from the final finish.
Matip is picked out by a Coutinho corner again, but the No.32 could not keep his header down, this after Origi had won the set-piece with a dribble and cross from the right.
Quality run from Sturridge for the goal, and the pass was perfect. Huge goal.— neiljonesgoal (Neil Jones) 14th May 13:52
Yeeeeeeees!— patrikberger73 (PB) 14th May 13:50
It felt like it was coming and Klopp's men have done it - with a sublime goal, too.
Coutinho dispatched a trademark pass through the West Ham defence from deep to find Sturridge's outstanding run off the right side. He opted to dribble around Adrian rather than shoot and was rewarded with a tap into an empty net.
Better from Liverpool at the moment and a cross from Clyne eluded everyone in the box to reach Milner outside the area. His hit was scuffed off target, with Sturridge unable to make contact running in.
Sturridge involved again there, aiming for the near post with a strike from the right channel. It didn't have enough on it, though, and bobbled wide.
So nearly a glimpse of goal for Sturridge.
The striker won possession high up the pitch and tried to bear down on Adrian, but stumbled over the ball as he ran. The Englishman managed to recycle it to Coutinho, whose blast was blocked.
Match shot: Even in east London
At the other end, Coutinho was denied space by West Ham harrying but nevertheless lashed a well-struck shot towards goal. Over the bar, but a decent attempt by the Brazilian.
The home fans were incensed as Lanzini dribbled in from the right channel and evaded several challenges before eventually hitting the ground as Matip closed in. The referee waved away the appeals.
Decent approach play by Liverpool, started by Origi in his own territory, ended with Milner having a low strike from the left corner of the Hammers box. It took a deflection on the way and the lack of power therefore made it a straightforward stop for Adrian.
A must win for LFC and it's been lively so far with both teams going close! Matip header closest so far. Sturridge already looking a threat.— NeilMellor33 (Neil Mellor) 14th May 13:32
A snapshot from Coutinho at the edge of the area was too straight to seriously trouble Adrian, after the ball fell kindly to the No.10.
Match shot: Matip hits the bar
Plenty of action in these early stages and Mignolet had to react quickly to palm away a low shot from fully 25 yards by Edimilson Fernandes there. Still 0-0, somehow.
Coutinho sent in a brilliant corner to the back post that found Matip in space to head at goal, but the defender's effort bounces off the ground and onto the crossbar, before West Ham cleared their lines.
Big let-off for Liverpool.
The Hammers moved the ball forward for Calleri, who held it up well and picked out the run of an unmarked Byram on the right side. He took a touch and drove a shot towards the far corner that - thankfully - ran wide.
Good strong claim by Mignolet at the back post after Cresswell had got around Clyne and lofted a high cross into the area. Lovren suffered a knock with the 'keeper, but soon picked himself up.
Klopp discussed the possibility of using Coutinho from a more withdrawn, central position in the build-up to the game, and the Brazilian has indeed started in the middle of the park. Lallana is further forward, with Sturridge and Origi split and playing wide on either flank.
Analyse this match as it happens with our Opta chalkboard below.
West Ham get the game under way...
Here come the teams. A huge 90 minutes ahead.
Come on, Liverpool!
Not long to go now...
A reminder of the teams...
Liverpool have just emerged onto the pitch for their warm-up. Jürgen Klopp, as usual, is keeping half an eye on the opposition's workout while the coaching staff lead his team through their final prep before kick-off.
A peek inside the away dressing room...
The Reds are here...
TEAM NEWS! 2️⃣ changes from Slav... ➡️ Nordtveit & Fernandes ⬅️ Noble & Kouyate #COYI #WHULIV https://t.co/1jeSndt1Yw— WestHamUtd (West Ham United) 14th May 12:15
Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge return to Liverpool’s starting line-up this afternoon, with Jürgen Klopp making two changes from last weekend’s draw with Southampton.
Midfielder Lallana is named in the Reds’ XI for the first time in nearly two months following a thigh injury, while Sturridge starts for the first time since January 2.
Roberto Firmino is ruled out with a muscle injury, while Lucas Leiva is on the bench after sustaining a muscle problem of his own during the stalemate with the Saints.
Liverpool team: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge, Origi.
Substitutes: Karius, Moreno, Grujic, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Woodburn.
Lallana speaks to the media at London Stadium...
Massive day for @LFC today. A seasons work is on it -make it count boys.— MCATEER4 (Jason Mcateer) 14th May 11:43
Latest on Lallana and Sturridge
See what the manager had to say about the potential involvement of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge today, in the free clip from Friday's press conference below...
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The scene at London Stadium
Not bad at all...
The view from the opposition
Here's what West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has to say in his programme notes...
"Liverpool have had a good season, but they know they need a victory today to keep their destiny in their own hands when it comes to a UEFA Champions League place.
"We are motivated too, though, of course, for different reasons. We still have a chance of finishing in the top 10, and that is what we want to do, so we will be doing everything to end the season with two victories."
How are the nerves?
We are in place at London Stadium, where the sun is shining over this impressive arena in the east of the capital. The ground is just starting to become active, and the Reds will shortly be arriving for their final preparations before this crucial contest.
We'll have confirmed team news for you before anywhere else - at around 1.15pm BST.
If they avoid defeat at West Ham, @LFC will go unbeaten in London in a #PL season for the first time #WHULIV https://t.co/eilARRQ920— premierleague (Premier League) 14th May 05:50
Did you know?
No team in the Premier League era has reached 70 points after 36 games and subsequently failed to finish in the top four.
For more fascinating pre-match stats, click here.
Compare and contrast West Ham and Liverpool's stats for the season so far with the Opta widgets below...
Rain or shine?
Shine, definitely. It's a pleasantly warm mid-May day here in east London.
The forecast says it's going to be sunny, dry and around 18 degrees by the time kick-off rolls around in just over three hours.
Probably no need for a jacket if you're coming to the game, then.
Liverpool trained at Melwood on Friday afternoon ahead of their trip to the London Stadium.
Click here to view a full photo gallery of the session.
What are the odds?
Here are the latest prices on today's game from Bet Victor.
West Ham - 5/1
Draw - 10/3
Liverpool - 3/5
Fancy a flutter? Click here to place a bet.
Two games left. Let's do this. 🔴 https://t.co/lnh8sJUfc4— LFC (Liverpool FC) 13th May 18:04
Below is a reminder of the situation at the top end of the Premier League ahead of today's fixtures.
Three points for Liverpool would keep their fate in terms of Champions League qualification in their own hands going into the final day of the season...
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The Reds visit West Ham United this afternoon for their penultimate game of the Premier League season, with the match at the London Stadium holding potentially huge significance in terms of the race to finish in the top four.
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