Philippe Coutinho showed why he's Liverpool's best player against West Ham - Carragher


Philippe Coutinho kept Liverpool's Champions League challenge in their own hands by destroying West Ham at the London Stadium. It's just two points from their last three against Southampton, Palace and Bournemouth.

Jürgen Klopp insisted Liverpool have proved they can handle the pressure after a convincing win against West Ham United tightened their grip on a top-four finish.

Belgian forward Divock Origi scored the fourth goal just 14 minutes before the final whistle to secure the critical away victory. "We know the situation and no one will underestimate the next game".

In all honesty, there's not much in these quotes - any footballer would be happy to be linked with a move to Barcelona, it shows they must be doing something right. With key playmaker Philippe Couthinho hitting his straps again along with Boro's defensive woes, we'll back the hosts to cover the handicap.

"This will be our biggest game of the season", he explained. We always had to manage the intensity with him, did it and then in the game he actually didn't really feel it.

He said: "It will be like a final so we will give it everything".

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"We have a stable squad with a good basis". We've been good the last few weeks but maybe we should have taken more points in some of the games.

Until England striker Sturridge, making his first start since January 3, opened the scoring Liverpool had seemed nervy as West Ham looked intent on putting a spanner in its top-four hopes.

"But the first sentence the players said in the dressing room [afterwards] was: 'One more time".

When asked whether Sturridge made the difference on Sunday, Klopp replied: "What do you think?" It's all good. I thought his timing was brilliant - Roberto out, best training week, really good and part of everything.

"It was a fantastic game but hard".

"We have a big chance but we have to get a result".