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Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPL

Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPL

"We thought we had the chance to win the Champions League and to be in the Champions League again, so the fear to be in it was less big".

Joy at Anfield, anger at the Emirates - Liverpool do the necessary to qualify for the Champions League, while Arsenal and Wenger must acquaint themselves with the unfamiliar environment of the Europa League.

The hosts' players also seemed to be feeling the pressure and they were largely limited to shots from outside the area in their attempt to break the deadlock, with Emre Can providing the best of those with a 20-yard strike that flew narrowly off target.

In his BBC column Lawrenson revealed that he feels the Gunners will end up beating Everton as the visitors have nothing to play for.

Despite a solid 23 wins and 75 points on the season, they finished in fifth place in the Premier League, just losing out to Liverpool, who finished with 76 points, for the fourth spot.

Arsenal will have most star players available for the clash including Turkish origin playmaker Mesut Ozil and Chile global Alexis Sanchez.

If there ever was a time for such indulgence it was in the final 25 minutes of a season which at one point had threatened an unlikely title challenge only to falter at the turn of the year and recover to stumble over the line. "Yes, I think they really deserve it".

Klopp charged down the touchline to celebrate Liverpool’s qualification for the Champions League Peter Powell  EPA
Klopp charged down the touchline to celebrate Liverpool’s qualification for the Champions League Peter Powell EPA

Liverpool will compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2014-15, and only the second time in eight years, as long as they match Arsenal's result.

But Liverpool, needing a win to ensure fourth, broke Middlesbrough resistance just before the break, and won 3-0.

The hosts looked like scoring every time they came forward at that stage and Wijnaldum was the next to come close with an ambitious volley from Firmino's cross that he sliced into the arms of Guzan. We will be really strong and really fight for it and we want to be there. Liverpool and Arsenal. They are two of the giants of the English game, loved the world over and possessing trophy cabinets that would make 99.9% of the other football clubs in England green with envy, but have they turned into one another this season?

"We were playing in a hostile environment", the Frenchman told reporters of his side's hard mid-season period.

"In the middle of the first part of the season I knew we were ready, but you have to do it, there were a lot of games after this".

United's Josh Harrop, 21, scored the opening goal against Palace on his league debut while 16-year-old substitute Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for the Old Trafford club in the Premier League era.





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