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RISING TO THE OCCASION: LIVERPOOL WIN 4-0 AT WESTHAM TO KEEP TOP 4 IN THEIR OWN HANDS

Liverpool sustained their top 4 hopes on Sunday afternoon by beating Westham 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in a penultimate game to the Final Match Day of the season.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Phillipe Coutinhio and Divock Origi ensures Liverpool kept the gap between they and the Gunners who are likely to threaten Liverpool’s hope of Champions League football next season.

Joel Matipp had two headed tries from set pieces near a goal but it was Daniel Sturridge who put the Reds ahead when Philippe Coutinho’s through pass found him at the edge of the 18, before the English striker drove pass Adrian to tap in after 35 minutes . Andrew Ayew rued his first half missed when his close range effort hit Mignolet’s bar before the Belgian grabbed the ball on the line. Fernandez had earlier forced the Liverpool goal keeper to a spectacular save when the British young talent shot from outside the 18.

Gini Wjnaldium also hit the cross bar early in the second half before Coutinho’s individual brilliance ended in the bottom right of Adrian’s goal post to increase the Red’s lead to 2 at 57 minutes. Out of a possible controversial handball assist, Gini Wjnaldium soon got involved in a contest with a Hammer around the 18 which saw the ball hit the Dutch’s harm and found Coutinho who dribbled through to send the ball to the centre of the goal. Slaven Bilic was of course furious at the fourth official for allowing that to count.

However, the game wasn’t over yet as Divock Origi too first hit the cross bar with a far shot before he made use of Gini Wjnaldium’s pass to seal the game to a 4-0 lead.

Preview to this fixture, the Jurgen Klopp’s side had not win in 4 games against the Hammers.

Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 on Saturday to reduce the gap between the gunners and Liverpool to just one point with a game in hand for the Arsene Wenger’s side. But Liverpool now need to win their last game at Anfield against Boro to cancel all hopes of the North London side of making the top 4. Arsenal will play relegated Sunderland and Everton at the Emirates in their last 2 fixtures.

Meanwhile, if Liverpool beat Middlesbrough on Final Match Day, the Reds would have cancelled a possible 39th league match between they and Arsenal and also condemned Arsenal to a potential consolatory Emirates FA Cup in which they will meet the just crowned English Champions, Chelsea in the Final on May 27.

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