It was a predictably rough home closer for West Ham United in their first season at the London Stadium Sunday afternoon, as they went down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
It was an entertaining first half that saw both sides have chances early on to score. But Jurgen Klopp’s men took a vital lead for their Champions League ambitions, when Philippe Coutinho delivered a sublime pass to Daniel Sturrdige for the talented forward to finish around Adrian in the 35th minute.
West Ham thought they would have the equalizer towards the end of the first half, but Andre Ayew incredibly missed the corner kick delivery from Manuel Lanzini from point blink range.
Liverpool would make the Hammers pay for blowing that clear opportunity, as the visitors started the second half clearly the better side. Coutinho would continue his magical play, finishing well in the 57th minute to make it 2-0 after Georginio Wijnaldum’s great hit off the crossbar.
Controversy would ensue on Liverpool’s third goal, as Coutinho made it two goals in four minutes for him in the 61st minute after Wijnaldum made clear contact with Winston Reid in the Liverpool box. The Hammers vice captain remained on the ground as Wijnaldum passed to Coutinho up the field for the Brazilian to assure all three points for the Reds.
Divock Origi would make it a fourth goal for Liverpool, with Wijnaldum the assist provider, in the 76th minute.
West Ham will close their 2016-17 campaign with a season finale Sunday trip to Burnley next weekend.