Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sturridge return gives Liverpool more options, says Klopp

It's a great victory for us. It was an easy romp; a training session.

Aside from Andre Ayew's bad miss and some questionable officiating, West Ham fans didn't really have much to cheer about during their match against Liverpool. Meanwhile, Liverpool were under vast pressure to win or risk being pipped by Arsenal and missing out on the top four.

The midfielder scored a brace and set up another goal to help his side come within a win of securing Champions League football.

Sunday's crucial victory against the Hammers ensured Liverpool remain in the driving seat for a top four finish which could see them ensure a long-awaited return to the Champions League next season. An Arsenal draw or loss mid-week would make it even more comfortable.

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 7, Nathaniel Clyne 6, Dejan Lovren 6, Joel Matip 7, James Milner 7, Emre Can 6, Georginio Wijnaldum 8, Adam Lallana 7, Philippe Coutinho 9, Divock Origi 7, Daniel Sturridge 7. If they did that, they would then likely win any goals scored tiebreaker.

Arsene Wenger refuses to criticise West Ham over performance against Liverpool
We are a victim of nobody. "I had to make some changes and now we look more stable at the moment". In fact, I've been told that he has not decided yet and it will depend on how things pan out.

Klopp, who warned there would no complacency ahead of Middlesbrough's visit, was full of praise for the way his players dealt with the pressure Arsenal had applied with three wins in the space of a week. "These players did so good this season that we are in the situation we are, 73 points - and nobody gives you 73 points as a present".

Coutinho excelled in a deeper midfield role than his usual position off the lone central forward and Klopp suggested he could use the 24-year-old, who was involved in three goals in a game for the first time at Liverpool, there again.

"For a lot of games, we were without more than a few players and sometimes we coped with it and played really good and people said "We don't need anyone" but over the long term, over the season, we need more quality".

Speaking after the match, the Hammers Croatian boss said: "I'm very disappointed with the way that we played". "They had one of the biggest chances I ever saw in my life and didn't score it". The boys did it and today I thought was a really convincing performance.

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