But an emphatic win ensured that victory over relegated Middlesbrough on the final day will take the Reds back to Europe's elite next season.
Unsurprisingly, it was a nervy start to the proceedings from Liverpool, but Sturridge conjured a moment of magic yet again from an incisive Coutinho pass to put Liverpool ahead.
"We have to go about combating their threat the same way we have in the last couple of games", he said. Maybe they will play Champions League whatever. Hitting thumbs down is a vote to push that player closer to the bottom.
"It started after the Sunderland game [in January], we won against Man City, then 2-2 against Sunderland, from that moment, Mane went to African Cup, Coutinho ankle, Henderson, me, it's quite hard when you have a strong team".
"We found a good mood against West Ham and if we find it in the next game then we have a good chance".
Two goals from man-of-the-match Philippe Coutinho, along with strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, condemned West Ham to a big defeat in their final home match of the season.
France: le dernier discours de François Hollande
S'il est resté mystérieux sur son avenir de président retraité, François Hollande a laissé entendre ce qu'il ne voulait pas faire. Le déroulé de la cérémonie en revanche ne devrait pas changer, il s'agit d'un rituel bien établi ponctué de gestes symboliques.
"First, it's the Premier League, second, it's Liverpool, a massive club, and then it's our last home game of the season".
"We were the dominant side, but they had absolutely one of the biggest chances I've ever seen in my life". It has been a good last few weeks for us, but we probably have not got as many points as we should.
"We could have scored the first goal with [Sam] Byram, we should have equalised and the third goal was a odd decision", said the Hammers boss.
The England worldwide striker is unlikely to remain at Sunderland next season, as the Black Cats have been relegated to the Championship. As a centre-forward, he's been superb, dovetailing well with wide players, linking up with midfielders-particularly compatriot Philippe Coutinho-and chipping in with a handful of important goals.
"The start of the second half was brilliant, we played really good football and we were more direct and used the information from the first half and from half-time".
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