But a lot of them had gone home well before then.
With Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United all competing for a place in Europe's premier competition next term, Matip says Liverpool are treating their remaining two matches with West Ham and Middlesbrough like "finals".
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will reportedly miss the team's crucial showdown with West Ham United on Sunday in the Premier League through injury.
Sturridge showed his killer instinct in front of goal, expertly beating the offside trap to run onto Philippe Coutinho's through pass before rounding goalkeeper Adrian and slotting into the empty net.
"We left him out of training and have to wait and give him as much time as possible".
West Ham should have been level right before the halftime break, though.
Player ratingsWest Ham: Adrian 5, Jose Fonte 4, Winston Reid 5, James Collins 4, Sam Byram 5, Aaron Cresswell 5, Havard Nordtveit 5, Edimilson Fernandes 5, Manuel Lanzini 6, Andre Ayew 4, Jonathan Calleri 5.
Adrian was back in action after the restart as Liverpool peppered the Hammers' goal, with Origi, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum all testing the Spaniard in quick succession. They started the second half with greater intensity, forcing Adrián into three saves in the space of a couple of minutes, and in that sense it was no surprise when Coutinho scored Liverpool's second shortly before the hour mark. Liverpool were good, clearly, but West Ham were nowhere near good enough.
Divock Origi's low-range shot was pushed out before Lallana's drive was blocked by the Spaniard's feet.
Wenger or Klopp? West ham or the scousers? After Gini Wijnaldum was so unlucky to see his volley strike the crossbar, Coutinho seized upon the loose ball and calmly guided his shot into the bottom left corner.
Countinho weaved his way through a host of exhausted West Ham bodies before finally beating Adrian with a fine, low drive.
"The transfer talks we've had have been very positive so far but that doesn't mean that they will always work out". West Ham's three-man defence, fresh from shutting out Everton, Stoke and Spurs, were threatening to the same to Liverpool.
Coutinho picked up possession in Liverpool's half and slid a sublime throughball into Sturridge who, after beating the offside trap and rounding Adrian, made no mistake with a neat finish. Wijnaldum stabs at the ball, and it comes to Origi, who instinctively sticks it away at the back post.
3 - Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in three goals in a single game for Liverpool for the first time.