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Liverpool edge closer to Europe's elite after West Ham win

By Graham Luney

Jurgen Klopp enjoyed the "perfect afternoon" as Liverpool kept their Champions League destiny in their own hands by destroying West Ham at the London Stadium while Tottenham fans staged a pitch invasion after the team gave White Hart Lane the ideal send-off with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice after Daniel Sturridge's opener, and Divock Origi put the seal on a thumping 4-0 victory, leaving Klopp to reflect: "The boys did brilliantly, we scored the goals and could have scored more. So yes, a perfect afternoon."

The emphatic win ensures that victory over relegated Middlesbrough on the final day will take the Reds back to Europe's elite next season.

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane ensured a happy farewell to Spurs' 118-year-old home before their switch to Wembley next season with Wayne Rooney netting a consolation. The farewell ceremony began with a history of White Hart Lane narrated by Spurs fan Sir Kenneth Branagh and finished with Mauricio Pochettino and his players performing a lap of honour.

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