There is only one thing left to sort out on the final day of the Premier League season and that is who takes the final two Champions League places. Manchester City are all but confirmed to be taking one of them, unless something spectacular happens on Sunday. Liverpool are in pole position to take the other remaining spot. If the Reds beat Middlesbrough at Anfield, they will finish in the top four and return to the Champions League next season. They will be expecting to finish the job, but they have struggled against the bottom-half teams during this campaign and there will be some fears within the fan-base that they could fall at the final hurdle this weekend.
Liverpool are currently in fourth position and they could move as high as third on the final day. They have been in the top four for most of the season and it would be cruel if they fell out on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp has made them one of the best teams to watch in the Premier League this season and they will be confident of finishing the job against already-relegated Middlesbrough. The Reds have won four of their last six matches and come into the match in good form. Anything can happen on the final day, but Liverpool will be extremely confident of clinching Champions League qualification.
It has been a campaign to forget for the visitors as they have been relegated straight back to the second tier. Aitor Karanka made them tough to beat during the opening months, but his side lacked ideas in attack, which has ultimately cost them. The managerial change didn’t have much of an effect and they have shown little fight during the last two months of the season. They have scored only 27 times during the league season and that is currently the lowest of any team. Boro will be hoping to finish on a positive note and spoil the party on Sunday. It will be a difficult ask, but they will be playing without pressure and that could prove to be dangerous for Liverpool.
Liverpool have kept three clean sheets in their last three matches and will be confident of keeping another on Sunday against the league’s worst attack.
Middlesbrough have lost four of their last five matches without scoring a goal.
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