For West Ham, it was another forgettable experience at the London Stadium. Another drubbing in the sprawling new home that was supposed to take this underachieving club to unimaginable heights, another night when the mood in the stands was mutinous at first and resigned by the time the final whistle arrived. It was another embarrassment on live television.
There was no hiding place for Slaven Bilic, who wore a grim, haunted look as he watched his team suffer the latest in a long line of humiliations. By the end, West Ham’s manager could be grateful that Liverpool’s finishing was not more ruthless, but he will be lucky if this 4-1 hammering does not cause the axe to fall. The next level? While victory for Liverpool moved Jürgen Klopp’s side into sixth place, West Ham are heading for the Championship on this evidence.