EPL: Liverpool in sight of Champions League qualification

They have suffered a number of big defeats on home soil this term, including conceding four or more goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City (twice), Watford and Liverpool.

Liverpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 at London Stadium on Sunday but have failed to win their last three matches at Anfield. "So yes, a ideal afternoon".

Joel Matip struck the underside of the crossbar for Liverpool, who took the lead when Coutinho's defense-splitting pass sent Sturridge clear and he left goalkeeper Adrian grounded with a neat stepover before sliding the ball home.

West Ham had a great chance to equalise, only for Andre Ayew to somehow hit the post from point-blank range.

"Our fans give us very big support, they're a 12th man - and so I think 12 against 11 can be hard, so we will try and do everything to win this game against Middlesbrough".

"We know it's a big objective, we know that if we lose the final we don't play Champions League, we know that", he said.

"They had chances to score but they couldn't score", added Klopp.

In perhaps a fitting end to a first turbulent season at the London Stadium, the players were left to parade around an empty stadium for what was meant to be a thank you to the fans.

Divock Origi has shed light on the mentality heading into the decisive finale, remaining confident that his team can finish the job by replicating the performance at the London Stadium. You only have to look at the teamsheet and it had goals, creative players, it had everything really, and I felt we trusted that, we trusted our ability. "We have to be honest about it", Bilic told reporters.

"We want to do this, we want to be successful".

"We were nowhere near close enough to them when they had the ball and when you give players like that space they will kill you".

"We wanted to avoid complacency but it was obviously there at least subconsciously".

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  • Julie Sanders