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UEFA Champions League football will return to Anfield next season, after three years, as Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 to finish fourth in the Premier League on the final day.
After a frustrating 45 minutes, Liverpool managed to break the deadlock in the injury time through Georginio Wijnaldum. The Reds were off to a blistering start in the second half, with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana scored within the first ten minutes to put the game to bed. Here is how the Liverpool players fared on the day:
Hardly called into action for the course of the game. One good stop from Adam Forshaw in the second half.
Looked a good outlet down the right side and got forward well, but his decision making disappointed a bit. Played a part in the lead up to the opener.
Carried the ball out of the back well. Not really under any pressure defensively with Boro rarely threatening.
Extremely lucky to have stayed on the pitch after a poor challenge on Patrick Bamford in the first period.
Extremely comfortable down the left-flank and was always high up in the visitors’ half.
Caught out of positions at times early on in the game, but improved with time. Another mature display from the German who has really come into his own in the business end of the season.
Thumped home the crucial opener that eased the nerves at Anfield. Saw a lot of the ball and kept driving his team forward.
Dictated play from his deeper role in midfield, creating opportunities. His shooting was a little off on the day, but his brilliant free-kick in the second period sealed the win.
Took the third goal of the game with aplomb to send Anfield into a tizzy. Scratchy at times in the first period, but grew into the game after the restart.
Struggled to get going due to his lack of fitness, but his movement was smart and sharp. His flick put Wijnaldum through for the first goal.
Could not repeat the heroics of the last game. Dropped too deep on occasions, but did came close on one occasion.
Replaced Firmino for the last ten minutes.
Came on for Sturridge in the 83rd minute.
Replaced Milner with less than five minutes left.
Mission accomplished. ✅ pic.twitter.com/DWLgGxFfVm
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 21, 2017
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