Liverpool yesterday sealed their place in the top four after a convincing 2-0 win over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace saw them finish third place in the Premier League.
The Reds came into this game with their fate in their own hands and they came into it knowing they just had to match or better Leicester’s result, who faced Tottenham Hotspur at the same time.
Crystal Palace were already secure in the division for another season, but saw Roy Hodgson manage the team for the last time so were looking to sign off in style.
Jurgen Klopp couldn’t hide his excitement to the return of the fans, and was seen to be very hyperactive throughout the game and to get the fans riled up. Spanish Midfielder Thiago Alcantara played in front of fans for the first time and the fans got to sing his chant for the first time.
Liverpool, however, started this game very slowly, and an early chance for Wilfried Zaha forced Alisson Becker into early action, then Andros Townsend forced the Brazilian stopper into another save from a free kick just at the edge of the box.
Townsend was then sent through one on one with Alisson after a mistake from Trent Alexander-Arnold saw the former Newcastle winger go through, only for him to hit his shot wide of the far post.
Liverpool from that point started to mount on the pressure, with a Salah shot blocked and then young centre back Rhys Williams seeing his header go flying over the bar after Andy Robertson’s corner.
Salah throughout the game was desperate to win the golden boot after going into the final game after he went into it tied with Harry Kane on 22 goals, he ended up having six shots throughout the 90 minutes. Salah ended up not scoring and Kane scoring in Spurs’ 4-2 win over Leicester saw the Egyptian miss out on his third golden boot triumph.
Klopp’s Reds broke the deadlock in the 36th minute after Robertson’s corner caused a scramble in the box for Sadio Mane to finish, continuing his magnificent record against the Eagles, with him now scoring in 6 straight appearances against them.
The Senegalese forward then doubled his and Liverpool’s tally on the day in the 74th minute after his strike which took a deflection off Gary Cahill saw it go past Vicente Guaita to seal the win for him and his side.
Liverpool ultimately ended the season in third place after Chelsea’s defeat to Aston Villa saw them jump a place in the table to secure more prize money.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Although Mane may have secured the win with his two goals, Thiago once again ran the show for the Reds in the middle of the park and was constantly dictating the play and he was constantly putting on a show for the returning fans and is fully deserving of his recent praise from fans alike.