Philippe Coutinho scored two and set up another as Liverpool battered West Ham at London Stadium on Sunday, a result which keeps the Reds on course for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Coutinho was the architect of Liverpool’s opener on the half-hour mark, with the Brazilian playing in Daniel Sturridge who rounded Adrian before stroking home.
West Ham had a great chance to equalise, only for Andre Ayew to somehow hit the post from point-blank range.
After the break, the Reds took control, with Coutinho producing a superb solo effort after Georginio Wijnaldum’s thumping effort came back off the frame of the goal.
Just four minutes later, on 61 minutes, the Brazilian scored his second of the game, courtesy of another classy finish.
Late on, Divock Origi got in the act after poor goalkeeping from Adrian as West Ham capitulated in their final home game of the season.
The win sees the Reds go back to third, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand. However, a win on the final day against Middlesbrough will definitely seal a Champions League place for Jurgen Klopp and co.
As for Slaven Bilic and West Ham, they find themselves in 12th, with their post-match lap of honour around a largely empty London Stadium as underwhelming as their performance on the pitch.