Middlesbrough

Gini Wijnaldum (45+1′), Philippe Coutinho (51′), Adam Lallana (56′)

Liverpool ended their rollercoaster of a season on a high at Anfield as three goals against Middlesbrough secured them fourth place in the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp only made one change to the team that faced West Ham last Sunday, with Roberto Firmino fit enough to replace Divock Origi up front.

The first half

The Reds came out in style, in the beautiful 2017/18 home kit which looked even better in person.

They set about their task with no hesitation, with Firmino firing in an early effort and Philippe Coutinho slightly misjudging a cross for Daniel Sturridge.

The first proper chance came on six minutes, with Nathaniel Clyne missing the target ever so slightly.

Middlesbrough were already relegated, but still didn’t make it too easy for Liverpool with significant appeals for a penalty after Dejan Lovren put pressure on Patrick Bamford. The referee ignored the appeals however.

It wasn’t until added time that the deadlock was broken, when Firmino turned the ball into Gini Wijnaldum’s path and the Dutchman finished perfectly in front of the Kop.

The second half

The final 45 minutes of the season saw two more goals, with the first coming from Coutinho and a magical free-kick.

It wasn’t quite over, though and the Reds bagged a third within five minutes.
Boro were caught on the counter-attack after they sent players forward for a set-piece. Adam Lallana failed to pick someone out but calmly tucked a finish past Brad Guzan after the ball was worked back to him inside the box.

Sturridge came close to scoring the fourth from 20 yards but failed to do so. 

The job was done, though, and Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League and will return to the Champions League next season. Progress from Klopp and the team, and a great day for all Liverpool fans.

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