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West Ham Utd 0-4 Liverpool


Filed: Sunday, 14th May 2017
By: Staff Writer


West Ham fans packed out the Olympic Stadium for the final home game of the season - yet few remained to witness the traditional 'lap of honour' following another lamentable display.

Having already shipped three at home to Southampton, four to Watford and Man City and five to Arsenal and City (again), there was still time for one final abject capitulation before the curtain closed on a home programme few involved with the club will wish to remember.




Three goals within the space of 19 second half minutes was more than most Hammers fans in the near capacity crowd could take, resulting in supporters leaving the stadium in their droves long before the final whistle sounded - leaving the players to trudge round a near-empty bowl once they re-emerged.

Liverpool, chasing a Champions League spot, couldn't have asked for a more benevolent host on such an important occasion. Yet despite dominating the opening 45 minutes they had just one goal to show for it, a Daniel Sturridge effort ten minutes ahead of the interval.




Thereafter it was just a matter of time before the visitors added a second - then a third and a fourth. Philippe Coutinho struck next, 12 minutes after the restart before doubling his account for the afternoon four minutes later having profited from some comical defending by Slaven Bilic's side.

The final goal of the day was scored by the less-than-prolific Divock Origi, who completed the rout 14 minutes from time much to the delight of their travelling fans.




For their part, West Ham barely threatened Simon Mignolet's goal - hardly surprising given that they enjoyed just 33 per cent of overall possession. Andre Ayew went closest to finding the net for United on the stroke of half time, but somehow failed to do so from inside the six-yard box.

We'll have a full match report for you soon...


West Ham Utd: Adrian, Fonte (Feghouli 55), Reid, Collins, Byram, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Cresswell, Lanzini, Ayew (Snodgrass 76), Calleri (Fletcher 55).

Subs not used: Randolph, Ogbonna, Quina, Rice.

Booked: Collins (62).

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho (Grujic 89), Lallana (Woodburn 89), Origi, Sturridge (Lucas 86).

Subs not used: Karius, Klavan, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold.

Goals: Sturridge (35), Coutinho (57, 62), Origi (76).

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (5).





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