Full-time: Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough, Watford 0-5 Manchester City

  • Liverpool beat Arsenal to fourth spot as Manchester City cement third place on a goal-laden final day of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign
  • Gunners miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years
  • Georginio Wijnaldum powers Liverpool ahead in first-half stoppage time to relieve growing tension around Anfield
  • Philippe Coutinho whips in a brilliant 25-yard free-kick after Daniel Sturridge is fouled by Adam Clayton and Adam Lallana coolly slots home a third
  • Vincent Kompany heads Kevin De Bruyne's corner past Heurelho Gomes to give City an early lead at Vicarage Road
  • Sergio Aguero nets a first-half brace after being teed up by De Bruyne and Leroy Sane respectively to record his best single-season goal tally in English football (33)
  • Fernandinho piles on the misery for outgoing Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri before Gabriel Jesus completes the rout after half-time
  • Recap: Arsenal 3-1 Everton, Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland, Hull 1-7 Tottenham and Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp

That is all for this particular live blog, thanks for following along and be sure to stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the reaction from a goal-laden final day of Premier League football.

Goodbye for now.



It was considerably tense in that first half, but Liverpool eventually secure fourth place and a spot in the Champions League play-off round with ease. City finish with a flourish at Vicarage Road to take third and qualify directly for the group stages of Europe's elite club competition.

Arsenal's victory over Everton proves to be in vain and Arsene Wenger has now been left with a number of defensive concerns ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Gunners miss out on the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

Here is a look at the final table:

Premier League table


Full-time scores

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough

Watford 0-5 Manchester City


Aaron Ramsey nets a third for Arsenal in stoppage time, but it won't make any difference whatsoever to his side's cause.


One minute of added time to play at Vicarage Road and two at Anfield. There will be no late drama as far as the race for a top-four finish is concerned.


Lucas takes the captain's armband as Milner, skippering Liverpool in the absence of Henderson, is replaced by Moreno.

The outgoing Spaniard quickly gets into a feisty debate with Chambers.


Sturridge makes way for Origi. It looks like Alberto Moreno will come on shortly too.


Negredo sets up Forshaw with a fine lofted pass, but the latter can only send a spinning volley wide. He should have done much better there.



Klopp's first change on 79 minutes sees Lucas Leiva replace compatriot Firmino for what will surely be the final game of his 10-year Liverpool career.



An ambitious outside-of-the-boot attempt from Sturridge is blocked and the ball bobbles kindly off Firmino, who looks to prod home from close range only to be denied by a last-ditch clearance from Gibson.


Agnew makes a double change for 'Boro. Fabio and Gestede make way for Ayala and Negredo.


Mignolet gathers safely after Milner wins an aerial battle with Bamford inside the penalty area.

Liverpool quickly go back down the other end and Sturridge curls a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.


The Spaniard ended his illustrious career following Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over Freiburg yesterday.


Wijnaldum miscues a volley wide after Firmino and Lallana link up to good effect.

Liverpool are not merely content with three and seem determined to mark Middlesbrough's top-flight swansong with a proper hammering.


Not that it really matters now, but Everton have pulled one back in North London.

Romelu Lukaku nets from the penalty spot after Nacho Monreal is whistled for handball.


End-to-end stuff now on Merseyside. Simon Mignolet denies Forshaw and Guzan tips another Coutinho effort wide.


Lallana is rewarded for his persistence and slots in a third for Liverpool, who now look to be expressing themselves with the pressure well and truly off.

Yet another goal at Vicarage Road, where Jesus collects Aguero's cross and beats Tom Cleverley before lifting the ball over Gomes. Substitute Andrew Eleftheriou tried and failed to clear it off the line.


Watford 0-5 Manchester City (Gabriel Jesus)


Goal: Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough (Adam Lallana)


Things have gone from bad to worse for Arsenal. Already without Shkodran Mustafi and Koscielny, Gabriel has now been stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury.

Champions League hopes seemingly all but over, their centre-back options for the FA Cup final have been severely thinned.


Only a fantastic flying block from George Friend prevents Firmino from adding further gloss to the scoreline. Clyne balloons the rebound into orbit and Sturridge is flagged offside as he looks to chip Guzan.