Date: 14th May 2018 at 9:02am
Written by:
Liverpool
4 – 0
Brighton & Hove Albion

Anfield

Premier League

13/05/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 50752

Referee: Kevin Friend

Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion
Salah 26' Lovren 40' Solanke 53' Robertson 85'
Loris Karius Matthew Ryan
Trent Alexander-Arnold Ezequiel Schelotto
Dejan Lovren Shane Duffy 71
Virgil van Dijk Lewis Dunk (c)
Andrew Robertson Gaëtan Bong
Jordan Henderson (c) Dale Stephens
Georginio Wijnaldum Davy Pröpper
Sadio Mané 74 Beram Kayal 57
Mohamed Salah 84 Solly March
Roberto Firmino 84 Anthony Knockaert
Dominic Solanke Jürgen Locadia 57

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet Tim Krul
Nathaniel Clyne Bruno Saltor
Ragnar Klavan Connor Goldson 71
Alberto Moreno Markus Suttner
Adam Lallana 74 Pascal Groß 57
Ben Woodburn 84 Leonardo Ulloa
Danny Ings 84 Glenn Murray 57

Game Statistics

22 Goal attempts 2
11 On Target 1
7 Corners 3
3 Fouls 6
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
72 % 28

All the stats as Liverpool secure Champions League football with an emphatic final day win…

Liverpool have ended their 2017/18 Premier League campaign in the same position as they finished the previous one; fourth.

As with 12 months ago, when they defeated Middlesbrough 3-0 on the final day, the finishing position was attained via a comfortable home win.

The result helped the Champions League finalists to complete an unbeaten league season at Anfield; only the second of those in the past 30 campaigns.

It was also their sixth consecutive clean sheet in the league at their iconic stadium as the hosts once again managed to perform well at both ends of the pitch.

In truth their was little to test them from a Brighton & Hove Albion side who were already safe and couldn’t match either the quality or intensity of their hosts.

Team wise, with a positive result required to confirm a top-four finish, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp unsurprisingly named arguably his strongest available X1.

His selection was hampered by the absence of vice-captain James Milner due to a muscular injury, which casts doubts over his availability to face Real Madrid on Saturday week, but boosted by the inclusion of Sadio Mané, who hadn’t trained much in the build-up due to a knock.

In addition to first club goals for Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson, there was a first at Anfield in the league for Dejan Lovren and a record-breaking 32nd in the league this season from Mohamed Salah for a packed Anfield to cheer.

Changes to the qualification process mean the Reds will go straight into the Champions League group stages next term and not have to come through a play-off, unlike this season.


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