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West Ham United 0-4 Liverpool

  • Liverpool take huge stride towards Champions League qualification with 4-0 win.
  • Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho (2) and Divock Origi handed Reds easy win.
  • West Ham should have had a penalty after Gini Wijnaldum handled in the area, but Slaven Bilic's men were abysmal.
Philippe Coutinho
Reuters
16:05

Full-time: West Ham United 0-4 Liverpool

Abysmal from West Ham, but rather impressive from Liverpool, who go one step closer to securing Champions League football for next season with an emphatic 4-0 win.

Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds the lead with a classy dribble and finish before a quickfire Philippe Coutinho brace downed the sorry Hammers, who were incensed by referee Neil Swarbrick's failure to award a penalty for a Gini Wijnaldum. Divock Origi added gloss to the scoreline late on.

That's all for our coverage from The London Stadium, but do head over to our Tottenham vs Manchester United liveblog for what is sure to be a cracker at the Lane.

Philippe Coutinho
Reuters

16:02

Klopp throws on a couple of youngsters for a brief run-out as Woodburn and Grujic replace Coutinho and Lallana. The former is given a standing ovation by the travelling Liverpool fans, and rightly so.

16:00

Snodgrass almost gives the West Ham fans still in attendance something to cheer with a wondrous volley that flies just over the bar.

Klopp makes his first change of the day with just five minutes to go. The German sees fit to replace the impressive Sturridge with Lucas. Two players who may not be Liverpool players come the summer.

15:54

Origi robs Byram of the ball but goes for goal instead of feeding Sturridge, who would have surely made it 5-0. Liverpool are doing all the attacking, dictating the pace, doing whatever they want really.

Nothing more than a training session at this stage.

15:50

It's four for Liverpool, and it's superb work from Daniel Sturridge.

The forward dances past Cresswell with ease and crosses low into the area. It bobbles off Lallana, cannons off Wijnaldum and ends up in the path of Origi, who made no mistake.

Snodgrass is on for Ayew.

15:48

GOAL! West Ham United 0-4 Liverpool (Origi)

15:46

Coutinho had a chance to complete a wondrous hat-trick with a free-kick but failed to test Adrian. Just under 20 minutes to go, and it's plain sailing for Jurgen Klopp's men.

15:44

Coutinho is the man of the moment for the Reds.

Philippe Coutinho
Reuters

15:41

Origi almost made it four with a whistling effort that strikes the bar from all of 30 yards out.

At the other end, Lanzini curls a free-kick high and wide of Mignolet's post. West Ham players - Collins particularly - still giving Swarbrick both barrels.

15:37

Oh dear. Neil Swarbrick has made a huge mistake that has ended the match as a contest.

Gini Wijnaldum clearly handled the ball in his own area but the referee decided not to award a penalty to West Ham. Liverpool break up the other end, and the culprit Wijnaldum tees up to Coutinho, who keeps his composure to blast the ball past Adrian.

A real shame for West Ham.

15:35

GOAL! West Ham United 0-3 Liverpool (Coutinho)

15:32

Superb strike from Coutinho!

The Brazilian picks up the rebound from Wijnaldum's stunning effort, jinks past a number of challenges and finds the bottom corner with unerring accuracy. Coutinho has been arguably Liverpool's best player today, and has scored a crucial goal as the reds seek to cement their place in the top four.

15:30

GOAL! West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool (Coutinho)

15:28

Bilic makes an early double change as he bids to stem the flow of the match. Calleri and Fonte are replaced by Sofiane Feghouli and Ashley Fletcher, as the Hammers change their shape.

15:21

Liverpool almost double their lead immediately into the second half through Origi, Sturridge and Lallana, who all have chances to shoot, but Adrian stands firm.

The Spaniard then denied Wijnaldum and ends his flurry of saves by palming the ball out for a corner.

15:18

Back underway at The London Stadium. Will Liverpool hold on, or will West Ham deliver a hammer blow to their Champions League aspirations?

15:05

Half-time: West Ham United 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool in front through Daniel Sturridge's calm finish and deserve to be so in truth. After a lively start West Ham have been firmly second best, thought they should have been level through Andre Ayew, who somehow managed to hit the post twice from two yards out.

Liverpool closing in on the win they desperately need.

Joel Matip
Reuters

15:02

Two minutes of first-half stoppage time. Collins manages to connect with a Lanzini free-kick but his header drifts easily into the palms of Mignolet.

15:01

West Ham should be level!

Lanzini's cross falls to the feet of Ayew, who somehow manages to hit the post twice from two yards out. Unbelievable let-off for Liverpool, how on earth did he miss?!

14:57

Sturridge put Liverpool firmly in the driving seat for the Champions League with his opener. Liverpool now pressing for a second before half-time.

Daniel Sturridge
Reuters

14:52

A wonderful through ball from Coutinho sets Sturridge away. The striker dances past Adrian with a sublime bit of skill and tucks the ball into an empty net. West Ham's defence were all at sea, and Sturridge kept his nerve to punish their disorganisation.

14:50

GOAL! West Ham United 0-1 Liverpool (Sturridge)

14:48

A defensive mix-up from West Ham United allows Sturridge to raid into score, but the England international did not have the pace to get away from Reid, who atoned for the error.

Sturridge laid the ball off to Coutinho who shoots, but his effort is blocked by Adrian. Liverpool starting to forces the issue, but it remains goalless.

14:43

Matip came close to opening the scoring early on.

Joel Matip
Reuters