Michael Mongie brings you Rousing the Kop’s match review after a massive win for Liverpool over West Ham at the London Stadium.
My mother didn’t appreciate it when I told her I would be watching the game at my girlfriend’s house on Mother’s Day, but then, she doesn’t appreciate the importance of Liverpool finishing in the top four this season.
Yesterday, Arsenal comprehensively beat Stoke City with goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, giving the Gunners a vital 4-1 win. In order to keep their top four hopes alive Liverpool had to win today.
A brilliant response to the drab display last week with Southampton was presented at the London Stadium as Klopp’s side scored four with no reply.
Before the game, Roberto Firmino was ruled out with a slight injury and fans were in a right panic. To combat the loss of a very important player, Klopp drafted in Daniel Sturridge and switched his favoured 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond.
The change in tactics worked a treat as fielding Philippe Coutinho as a number eight forced West Ham’s deep-lying midfielders out of position, creating space for Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.
The first goal came midway through the first half as Coutinho threaded a ball right down the middle of the West Ham defence for Sturridge to run on to. The English forward made no mistake as he rounded Adrian and slotted home.
Without a doubt, the man of the match was Philippe Coutinho. With two goals and an assist, the Brazilian technician wreaked havoc from his new creative midfield role. As we saw in the 2013/14 season, with two strikers up top, Coutinho can work his magic more than ever.
Divock Origi broke his duck as well after a frustrating spell in the team but the most important thing for anyone at this point is the fact that Liverpool have ensured that they have a chance of securing Champions League football next season.
With one game left of the season against Middlesbrough, Liverpool simply need three points to guarantee European nights return to Annie Road next season.