By Andrew Beasley (TTT Subscriber ‘Beez’).
We all held our collective breath when Andre Ayew spurned two glorious chances to equalise on the stroke of half time. We all knew that West Ham should’ve been awarded a penalty when the score was 2-0, which could’ve turned the tide in the Hammers’ favour.
But that aside, this was one of Liverpool’s most impressive performances for a very long time. Sportify gave the expected goals difference as 1.66 in the Reds’ favour. This was Liverpool’s best xG difference since the home match with Spurs, and the second best of the season away from home.
The shot quality was great too. Fifteen shots in the box is the most Liverpool have managed since the 6-1 home win over Watford, and despite scoring four times they also missed half of their four clear-cut chances.
It felt like old times when Coutinho played in Sturridge for the opener, yet perhaps surprisingly it was only their ninth league combination for a goal in the past four years.
Coutinho's assists for Sturridge in the PL. 9 in total. 5 in the first 18 months, 4 in the three years since. Won all previous games. pic.twitter.com/JhB4YT70YZ
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) May 14, 2017
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