Karl Matchett 20 May 2017
Liverpool’s 38-game bid to rejoin Europe’s elite comes down to a home match against relegated Middlesbrough; here’s everything you need to know.
Premier League form: L-L-W-D-L-L
League position: 19th, relegated
Last win: 1-0 vs. Sunderland, April 26
Away: Won one, drawn seven, lost 10
Middlesbrough haven’t altered too much despite changing manager; Steve Agnew’s side are still struggling to score goals, play a basic 4-3-3 shape which can shift to a more bloated midfield layout when needed and are pretty horrendous on the road.
They’ve scored just 10 times away from home this season, but the fear for Liverpool is that Boro don’t need to score—they just need to stop the Reds doing so.
Boro have conceded 11 in their last three away games though, so it isn’t as though they come to Anfield with a set pattern of their own to follow which has reaped rewards.
They have averaged just 39 percent possession across their last six matches, a clear indication of what is to come on the final day.
In midfield it’s all-action: aggression in the tackle and closing down from Adam Clayton and Adam Forshaw, as well as quality on the ball, while they’ll try to run from deep on the counter to join up with lone striker Alvaro Negredo.