by James,Michael Igiri & Victor Adewunmi
If things remain the same, Liverpool FC will be competing in the UEFA
Champions league next season.
Their hope of a return to Europe’s elite competition was especially strengthened
after Philippe Coutinho inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, a result that puts them
in third place, one point ahead of Manchester City and four points ahead of
Arsenal howbeit having played a game more.
Liverpool took the lead when Coutinho’s sublime pass was converted by Daniel
Sturridge early in the first half. An Andre Ayew’s miss late in the first half
allowed Liverpool take a 1-0 lead into the break. Coutinho stole the spotlight
again in the second half with a superb solo strike and a cool finish to put Jurgen
Klopp’s side three goals ahead before Divock Origi netted to cap the Reds’
“At the end it was amazing but the start was not that good,” Klopp said.
“After that we controlled the game and took our chances. We scored some really
Klopp’s men will be guaranteed a Champions League berth if they beat relegated
Middlesbrough at Anfield next Sunday.
While Liverpool keep dreaming of a return of the Champions league to Anfield,
Tottenham ended their 118-year stay at White Hart lane in celebratory fashion,
beating Mourinho’s Manchester United 2-1 thus ending the Macunians hope of a
return to the Champions league via a top 4 finish. Only a win against Ajax in the
Europa League final will guarantee Manchester United a return to Europe’s elite
With numerous Tottenham legends watching from the stands, Kenya midfielder
Victor Wanyama put the hosts ahead in the sixth minute before Harry Kane
doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 48th minute with his 28th goal of the season.
Wayne Rooney got a consolatory goal for Manchester United with a close-range
finish in the 71st minute, a goal that will go down as the last goal at the Lane.
“It was a perfect performance and I am happy for the victory for our fans. It was
a fantastic victory which the fans deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio
Jose Mourinho on the other hand was not entirely concerned with the result.
With the Europa League final against Ajax looming, he was relieved to avoid any
more fitness problems.
“I’m happy. We got no injuries. At the moment, the Premier League matches are
the ones we don’t want to play,” he said.
At the bottom of the Premier League, emotions were high as Hull City returned
to the Championship just 12 months after their promotion to the Premier league.
Going into the game, Hull knew that only a victory would give them a realistic
chance of staying up, but goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka
Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt consigned them to the drop.
Marco Silva, who despite improved performances following his January
appointment was unable to save them, claims that they paid the price for a
chaotic campaign marred by poor signings and boardroom turmoil.
“You need to prepare better. The most important thing is for the club to
understand what they did in a bad way.”
While Chelsea’s 1-0 win at the Hawthorns confirmed them Premier League
champions for the second time in three years, the Blues attention will now turn
to the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on May 27th.
With Antonio Conte seeking to win a double in his first season in charge at
Stamford Bridge, his attention will be focused on the team’s preparations for the
showdown despite attempts to be lured away by Inter-Milan.