It’s safe to say it’s been a very successful week for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
The Merseysiders have recorded three successive wins by a three-goal margin, with tonight’s 4-1 thrashing of West Ham following up two 3-0 victories against Huddersfield and Maribor.
Having been on the end of a hiding themselves, losing 4-1 at Tottenham two weeks ago, there was a lot of pressure on Klopp’s job, but he seems to have begun to guide them out of a rut that saw them win just twice in nine matches.
Tonight’s result means it is also the second time in a row the Reds have scored four goals away at West Ham, having thumped them 4-0 in May to all but seal qualification for the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah continued his excellent form since signing from Roma with two goals, with Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain adding the others, while Sadio Mane got two assists on his return from injury.
While Mane and Salah were directly involved in the goals, Roberto Firmino failed to follow up his starring role in last week’s success against the Terriers, where he won a penalty and got himself on the scoresheet.
The Brazilian should have registered an assist after his brilliant turn and skill created the opportunity for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s strike, but as Hart saved the initial effort from the England man he doesn’t officially get the credit.
And when being interviewed following the game, Klopp revealed that Firmino was frustrated that he was unable to find the target, but praised his performance ahead of Salah and Mane.
“I like to talk about Salah and Mane, but please do not forget about Firmino,” he said.
“What a performance. He was angry not to score!”
It is obviously refreshing to see the desire that Firmino has to constantly influence his side directly with goals and assists, but Liverpool fans will no doubt be happy with the result and the Brazilian’s performance.
The win moves Klopp’s men up to sixth, and back with a fighting chance of qualifying for the Champions League.