Coutinho lifts Reds back to third

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Liver­pool kept their top-four des­tiny in their own hands as Philippe Coutinho’s dou­ble earned them a 4-0 Premier League vic­tory at West Ham United yes­ter­day that moved them back above Manch­ester City into third place.

Ar­se­nal’s late surge had put Juer­gen Klopp’s side un­der im­mense pres­sure but they re­sponded in style and will def­i­nitely fin­ish in the top-four if they beat rel­e­gated Mid­dles­brough at An­field on the fi­nal day of the sea­son next Sun­day.

Any­thing other than a vic­tory at West Ham’s Lon­don Sta­dium would have left Liver­pool re­ly­ing on other re­sults go­ing their way but once Daniel Sturridge put them ahead in the 35th minute they were rel­a­tively com­fort­able.

Coutinho struck twice in the space of four min­utes mid­way through the sec­ond half and Divock Origi rubbed salt into West Ham’s wounds as the vis­i­tors ran riot.

Liver­pool have 73 points with one match re­main­ing, one ahead of Man City and four more than Ar­se­nal who both have two

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