Sturridge: Liverpool rose to the occasion

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Liverpool are certainly testing their fans' nerves with their end-of-season form, repeatedly handing other teams opportunities to take the initiative in the top-four race.

Firmino, meanwhile, has been dealing with a muscle problem this past week and will play no part at the London Stadium.

Liverpool have lost just two of the last 12 games Can has started. Maybe they will play Champions League whatever.

'I spoke to him about the future, ' said Klopp. The big chance they had at the second post area, we did not that good in this moment.

Man City's win over Leicester today has seen Liverpool drop to fourth and the Gunners are now just one point behind in fifth after beating Stoke this evening so the pressure is firmly on Jurgen Klopp's men to get a result in the capital tomorrow.

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But undaunted left-hander Morgan slashed Kevin O'Brien over long-off for six and also late cut the medium-pacer for a deft four. He fell two short of that in the end, the faintest of edges showing up on the Ultraedge review from a Jake Ball delivery.

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Clyne 6, Lovren 6, Matip 6, Milner 6, Can 6, Wijnaldum 6, Lallana 7, Coutinho 8, Origi 7, Sturridge 7. That's our job. I thought we did really well.

The Reds continued to push forward, however, and were rewarded when Coutinho followed up Wijnaldum's effort that had crashed off the bar by skipping past two West Ham defenders to drive in Liverpool's second.

"Then after the [Southampton] game, he said "Yes, now I feel something" and that was too much for training last week".

The Reds only have two games remaining in the EPL calendar.

Sturridge was last part of a Liverpool starting XI in the league on January 2 for the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

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Six of their seven league wins at the London Stadium have been by a 1-0 scoreline, with the only exception their 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

- This is the first time since 1998-99 that the Hammers have conceded four or more goals in four different home games in a single league season.

"Every opponent in the Premier League is a warning, " he added. However, with Middlesbrough at home being their last game of the season next Sunday, it looks as though the Reds have passed the hard test to reach their objective. Three of them are sure, one is not sure.

Victory will give the Reds 73 Premier League points - the most a team has had in 38-game season without finishing in the top four is 72 points.

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