With Liverpool's ability to score goals suddenly coming into doubt and West Ham fresh off a win in which they effectively ended Tottenham's title hopes, this was a match that had plenty of potential to be a real mood killer for Reds supporters. Daniel Sturridge, encouragingly, was deemed fit enough to start, but because Liverpool can never have all the nice things, it was also announced that Roberto Firmino was still dealing with a muscle issue and would not be in the squad.
Unsurprisingly, it was a nervy start to the proceedings from Liverpool, but Sturridge conjured a moment of magic yet again from an incisive Coutinho pass to put Liverpool ahead. From there, West Ham retreated into their shell and Liverpool played with more freedom than has been seen from them recently. Coutinho added two to the tally against a crumbling home side and Divock Origi closed the account with Liverpool's fourth.
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