first_img 3 Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s opener against West Ham Against the run of play, West Ham should have been level on the stroke of half-time but for an astonishing double miss from Andre Ayew.The £20million forward prodded Manuel Lanzini’s corner onto the far post from two yards out, and, as the ball rebounded to him, he hit the same upright again before Simon Mignolet gathered.Adrian was back in action after the restart as Liverpool peppered the Hammers’ goal, with Origi, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum all testing the Spaniard in quick succession.But Adrian was a mere spectator as Liverpool grabbed their second, watching on as Wijnaldum’s 57th-minute volley crashed back off the crossbar.The ball came out to Coutinho, who weaved his way through what was by now masquerading as West Ham’s defence before slotting the ball low into the corner from the edge of the area. Liverpool blew away West Ham at the London Stadium to take an almighty step towards securing Champions League qualification.Daniel Sturridge, making his first Premier League start since January, gave the Reds a first-half lead when he beat the offside trap and cooly slotted home.The outstanding Philippe Coutinho then struck twice in quick succession after the break before Divock Origi completed the rout.Having seen Arsenal move to within a point of them by beating Stoke on Saturday, Liverpool had to win to keep their top-four destiny in their own hands.If Jurgen Klopp’s were feeling the pressure, it certainly didn’t show as they produced an excellent display at the London Stadium.Liverpool were more threatening from the start and it was no surprise when they went ahead on 34 minutes.Sturridge latched on to a brilliant pass from Coutinho and, kept onside by Jose Fonte, was able to advance on goal before cooly rounding Adrian and slotting home. 3 3 Four minutes later it was three, Coutinho again collecting the ball from Wijnaldum before dancing around a statue of James Collins and firing home.The fourth arrived in the 76th minute when Adrian charged out of his goal to collect Sturridge’s cross, missed it, and left Origi with a simple tap-in to round off a clinical display and a crucial victory.Liverpool now just need a win against already relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day to secure Champions League qualification.last_img