Stat from Infostrada: Newcastle have now received six PL red cards on the final day of a season – overtaking Sunderland (five) as the side with most PL red cards on the final day of a season.

A fourth English league title for Manchester City, who were beaten up all week by Uefa and Greg Dyke but deserved their victory.

FULL TIME. Liverpool’s title dream dies. Manchester City’s win at home to West Ham gives them the title but Anfield rises to acclaim its heroes anyway. Goals from Sturridge and Agger completed the comeback after Martin Skrtel’s opening own goal and it was a nice way to end what has been a superb season. Ultimately they pay for the defeat to Chelsea and draw at Palace.
We will have four added minutes.

Red card for Paul Dummett for a gratuitously bad tackle on Suarez. Stupid way to be sent off. Pat on the head for him from Pardew.

Eight minutes to go and #mcfc fans now singing "stand up for the champions"

BOOKING! Lucas now brings down De Jong in clumsy fashion and it’s a ragged end to the match here.
RED CARD! Dummett is shown a straight red and it was a rather wild swing at the ball, if rather messy. A bizarre challenge all round and Newcastle are down to nine men.
Suarez is hurt! Liverpool attempt a quick break after a poor attempt at a free-kick from Newcastle and Dummett hacks down the Uruguayan striker.
DISALLOWED! Sterling has the ball in the back of the net after first darting into the box superbly and then finishing after Lucas’ shot found him unmarked. Offside.
Cissokho gets in a floated cross from the left but there’s not a Liverpool player in attendance to finish at the back post. Newcastle clear.
Not a lot left of this game now and the party is already starting at the Etihad. Liverpool could only win and hope, and they are fulfilling their part of the bargain.

This Newcastle side is an utter shower. Pardew surely getting the tin tack.

Newcastle United Substitution
Paul Dummett is on for Tiote as Newcastle change things up.
SUB: Sturridge comes off to bring a superb season to a close and Lucas Leiva is on in his place.
Liverpool Substitution
CHANCE! Gerrard whips another wicked free-kick in from the right and both Agger and Suarez narrowly fail to convert and increase Liverpool’s lead.
Newcastle United Substitution
Here comes a change for Newcastle as Sammy Ameobi replaces Gouffran.

66. Close! Should be three! Zabaleta pulls back to Aguero who can't get enough on the ball to beat Adrian from no more than two yards!

Tiote throws out an arm to keep Suarez away from the ball and it was borderline illegal. Still, he avoids sanction.
Stat from Infostrada: "Shola Ameobi is sent off for the second time in his PL career – his other also came in May and on Merseyside, in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Everton on May 7th 2005".

Some Nufc fans saying it was a farewell handshake for Ameobi's last game. Can't that wait till after?

Newcastle United Substitution
CHANGE: Taylor replaced by Luuk de Jong as Newcastle go attacking.
Liverpool winning means nothing of course as Manchester City need to lose to West Ham and they are currently winning 2-0.
Replays show Ameboi twice gave it out to Dowd as we were waiting to restart after Liverpool’s second goal, and was booked twice. What a silly thing to do on what is expected to be his last game for the club.

Not like Pardew would have credibility to lecture his players about discipline and composure.

What a bizarre period of play. Two identical goals and then a RED for dissent. What on earth could Ameobi have said to Phil Dowd??

So fitting that Ameobi will end his Newcastle career with a red card, just like Zidane.

RED CARD! Strangely enough, Ameobi is shown what appears to be a straight red card for dissent before the match restarts!!
GOAL! And now Liverpool lead! Another free-kick from an identical position from Gerrard and again he hits the back post. This time it’s Sturridge who is on hand to side-foot home unmarked.
Liverpool Goal

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BOOKING: This time it’s Tiote who relies on the dark arts, pulling Coutinho to ground as the Liverpool midfielder makes his way past him.
GOAL! From the free-kick, which Gerrard puts towards the back post, Agger gets free and stretches out a leg to hook the ball back and under Krul.
Liverpool Goal

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Cynical from Anita as he trips Sterling in full flight after the Liverpool midfielder darts past him on his way to goal.
Sterling does love a perfectly-weighted pass with the instep up the flank but this one doesn’t come off. Still, Liverpool have a corner which is then cleared by Newcastle.
Sturridge with a rather ambitious shot from range which goes wide. Liverpool well below their best today and a 100th goal may even evade them.
Liverpool switch things up as the ineffectual Joe Allen is replaced by the rather more exciting Coutinho.
Liverpool Substitution
Suarez lines up the free-kick and slips as he takes it, with the ball spooning up in the air for Krul to pluck out of the air.
Williamson joins Debuchy in the book for sneakily chopping Suarez to ground 20 yards from goal as the ball gets away from the Newcastle defender.

Huge Poznan at #mcfc .... party fully underway

In comes the set-piece from Gerrard and Skrtel times his jump awfully at the back post to miss the ball in mid-air. Suarez too.

Man City haven't suffered defeat when Vincent Kompany has scored in the Premier League since September 2008 (1-2 v Wigan).

Suarez gets a kick from Taylor as he sprawls to the floor and the defender’s boot caught him in a tender area. He looks rather upset and Liverpool have a free-kick.
The life has been sucked out of Liverpool – not that they were particularly sparky before the break. It’s sad to say after such a thrilling season, but the climax is going to be a big let-down.
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PHOTO: An example of the unflinching support provided by #LFC fans today

That, surely, is that. 2-0 to #mcfc. Kompany pounces. West Ham marking poor. A second title in three years awaits.

Suarez is dispossessed and throws his hands down in frustration. He looks to be getting rather tetchy…
GOAL! Manchester City take a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham. Game over, people. Game over. Remember, West Ham MUST win if Liverpool are to claim the title.
CHANCE! Lovely work from Sterling as he drifts casually inside and strokes a low shot at goal which takes a touch and goes behind for a corner.
One change for Liverpool as Aly Cissokho comes on for Flanagan. The young man hadn’t had his finest game but not sure whether that’s a tactical change or not.
KICK OFF! Liverpool have 45 minutes to turn things around, but there needs to be a two-goal swing both here and at City.
The teams are back out. Will see if there's been any changes...

"How s**t must you be, we're winning 1-0," the Newcastle fans sing.

Liverpool Substitution
HALF TIME: Liverpool are behind thanks to Martin Skrtel’s fourth own goal of the season. Mind you, with City winning at home to West Ham it’s all academic anyway at the moment.
WOODWORK! Over at City, David Silva sees a goal-bound effort deflected onto the underside of the bar! And that one is 1-0 at half-time.
Coming up to half time and Liverpool have been a shadow of their usual selves. You have to conclude that they mentally conceded after the Palace draw in midweek. Rodgers, of course, publicly conceded after that game.
Ameobi cuts in from the right, fends out an opponent with an arm and then dribbles a shot wide. He has worked tirelessly today.

A few seconds after City score at Etihad, Sturridge heads a sitter wide at Anfield. That's the way it's going

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GOAL! It's Samir Nasri for Manchester City and the party is getting started at the Etihad.

BIG MISS! Lovely build-up from Liverpool and Henderson delivers a cross from the right but Sturridge, unmarked, heads wide from eight yards out. Rodgers was already half-celebrating. What a miss.
Scousers are crowding round radios in the stands at Anfield and the news is in: they won’t be winning the title this season.
GOAL! Not here, at City. It’s Samir Nasri with a firm drive from 20 yards or so and the news comes through at Anfield…
Still no goals at the Etihad. Just imagine if West Ham do win at City and Liverpool fail to beat Newcastle. Just imagine….
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Liverpool are really struggling to break into the final third at the moment.

BOOKING: Debuchy is shown a yellow card for time wasting as he procrastinates on the sidelines. A cheer from the Anfield crowd.
CHANCE! Suarez loses Coloccini with a gorgeous shimmy and then drifts past both Taylor and Williamson to carve out a shooting chance. Disappointingly, his effort is weak and Krul has no problem getting down to stop it.
Henderson plays a straight ball into Suarez but he can’t hold onto it under real pressure from Taylor. He looks rather frustrated.

Liverpool's resigned performance so far suggests they don't have much faith in West Ham nicking a win against Man City.

The striker thumps his free-kick into the wall and then collects the loose ball but can’t fashion a good chance. He is usually a bit more effective from that kind of position.
Taylor barges into Suarez, who exaggerates but deserves the free-kick. He will take it in a good position…
Ameobi is having a big game so far for Newcastle. They aren’t missing Remy.
ANOTHER CHANCE! Ameobi uses all his strength to hold onto the ball by the touchline and flicks a fine ball over the top for Gouffran. He tries to angle a shot into the far corner but directs it wide, weakly. Liverpool looking shaky.
That was awful defending from Liverpool – their Achilles heel in the final few games of the season.
HUGE CHANCE! Liverpool opened up as Gouffran charges through the centre of the pitch to meet a lovely through ball from Sissoko. His first touch is heavy and the second is blasted straight at the chest of Mignolet. The ball then pops up nicely for Anita but he thrashes it high into the stands.
As I adopt the Jon Snow role and get out my swing-o-metre, it has a reading of three. Liverpool need to score twice and West Ham need to net against City if Liverpool’s streets are to be cleared for an open-top bus parade.

Martin Skrtel has scored 11 PL goals this season: 7 for Liverpool, 1 each for Hull, West Ham, Swansea & Newcastle.

CHANCE! Gerrard pumps in a corner from the left side and Daniel Agger gets away from his man to meet it with a firm header which is smothered by Krul on the floor.
Well, there was talk of a goalscoring record being broken today, but we assumed it would be Luis Suarez rather than Martin Skrtel. It was unfortunate for the Slovakian, who has been so important in their wonderful title challenge, and so, so cruel.

RT @OptaJoe 4 - Martin Skrtel has scored four own goals this season, more than anyone in PL history has managed in a single season. Record.

Liverpool know they need a quick reply and attack through Suarez. He can’t quite find the space he needs in the box so it is Sterling instead who has a shot – a rather limp one as it happens.
GOAL! Martin Skrtel with an own goal! What a disaster! Newcastle attacked down the left with Yoan Gouffran and the defender tried to cut out his cross with his right leg, only to see the ball clip off his shin and loop into his own net.
Newcastle United Goal

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CONTROVERSY! Oh that’s a lovely turn from Suarez to win a free-kick on the right flank. He goes for the quick free-kick and sends a glorious effort over the head of Krul from 35 yards out. Sensational. But the ref says it was taken too quickly and blows the whistle. Harsh.
It’s still 0-0 at Manchester City by the way, so we need a two-goal swing – one for Liverpool and one for West Ham – to see the title come to Anfield.
Now, Raheem Sterling is a wonderful player, but he’s just produced a horrid, horrid attempt at a cross which flies miles off target and out of play.

14' - Atmosphere fairly flat at Anfield in recent minutes as #NUFC keep the ball well and frustrate the hosts. #LIVNEW

Newcastle are playing three at the back with Taylor, Williamson and Coloccini all holding the line. Haidara and Debuchy are joining them when not in possession to make it a five. Liverpool could struggle to break them down.
Rodgers is diligently making notes on the touchline as he watches the action unfold. He can be a comical figure at times but there’s no question he is an intelligent man who is happy to switch his tactics during matches to respond to events.

Sing-off at Anfield - Newcastle fans start taunting Gerrard, Kop responds racously

LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Henderson offloads the ball to Suarez and as he slips in Sterling the midfielder is brought down. Liverpool want a free-kick but advantage is played and Taylor gets the challenge in on Sterling to prevent a shot on goal.
A couple of poor touches from Flanagan give Newcastle possession and Shola Ameobi heads down from Sissoko’s cross into the arms of Simon Mignolet.
Sturridge goes early and Gerrard flings one over the top but the striker just strays offside as the ball is delivered and the whistle goes. Newcastle were opened up though and if Gerrard gets his timing right next time, it could be 1-0.
Moussa Sissoko tries to make headway down the right but John Flanagan comes across quickly to put in a tackle and halt the Frenchman’s advance.
Liverpool haven’t been as potent in the opening minutes as they have in other games this season, but they have been presented with a Newcastle team determined to shut them out today.

The atmosphere inside Anfield is absolutely incredible in these opening minutes #LFC

The first chance of the game falls to Newcastle and Shola Ameobi rises to meet a corner, only to send his header off target.
If you missed it, the offensive banner Newcastle fans are trying to display reads ‘Alan Pardew is a c***’. Liverpool stewards trying to remove it as we speak apparently.

RT @NeilCameron5: THAT banner has been sneaked into away end at Anfield. Stewards trying to get at it

Newcastle, after a shocking second half of the season, want a good result to end it and have set out their intention with five defenders, it seems, plus Tiote and Anita. That's not the most stylish team I've ever seen, it must be said.
Liverpool see plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges. Gerrard, as per usual this season, is sitting deep and twice he floats balls out to the right for Jordan Henderson.
KICK OFF! Liverpool, resplendent in red, are attacking right to left.
Right, then, the teams are in the tunnel and out they come to a cacophony of noise. Can Liverpool do it? They need a big helping hand in Manchester. #WeGoAgain.
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Of course Manchester United fans would have their say today...via a plane over Anfield: "United 20 - Gerrard 0."

15 minutes until kick-off and a nearly-full Kop give the players a rapturous reception as they head to the corner to continue their warm up

Time for some stats from Opta? Luis Suarez has 31 Premier League goals this season – he needs one more goal to set a standalone record for a 38-game PL campaign. The last time that more than one team scored 100+ goals in the same top-flight season was 1960-61 (three teams did so). Daniel Sturridge’s goals have won Liverpool 18 points this season; no player in the Premier League has won as many points for their side in 2013-14.
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PIC: The prize is that close for @MCFC but the Hammers will want to have their say #COYI

Some MUFC fans paid to trail a 'United 20 Gerrard 0' banner over Anfield 15 mins before kick-off. They'll be hoping it doesn't backfire...

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RT @judeinlondon: Yer da went too far in the club merch shop before the game

The English league has had some wonderful conclusions – Michael Thomas at Liverpool, Aguerooooooooooooooooo – here we look back at the very best. Will Liverpool demand a place on this list in future?
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The West Ham players looking relaxed before warm-ups commence. #cityvwestham

Liverpool’s strength this season has been taking teams apart in the first half and you’d expect them to do likewise today. Suarez needs one goal to break the record of 32 in a 38-game season and he might snaffle it up early on. If so, the intrigue will all be at the Etihad Stadium. City have already notched up 100 goals but, for drama’s sake, let’s hope they don’t add to that early on.

Both Man City (100 goals) and Liverpool (99 goals) could top 2009-10 Chelsea's record of 103 goals in a single PL season.

Alan Pardew: "That criticism, you can't wash it away and ignore it. I can't do that. I have to face the criticism that has come my way - the fans are not happy - and try to deliver a product that will make them happy. The most important thing is that you have a responsibility at Newcastle to play the game on the floor, play with passion and speed and play with an integrity. Those principles, I stand by and next year, I expect to deliver on those."

Southampton (9th) are the only side that can't move up or down today (granted, some huge GD swings needed elsewhere). £1.2m per place...

So what has Brendan Rodgers been saying? "We have to keep doing our job. We have to tick the box off, which is a win. Then it will be interesting if we make one of our quick starts. Get up in the match and there will be a point in the game if we’re up and they are drawing. That will be interesting."

RT @chelseafc: Chelsea team v Cardiff: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole; Mikel, Matic; Salah, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. #CFC

Liverpool fans will be heartened to know that both Carroll and Downing are in the West Ham side, along with Liverpool supporter Kevin Nolan. Will they be especially motivated to win today? Probably not. That’s not really how professional football works, is it?

Pellegrini in programme on #mcfc playing with "style & flair. Football is an entertainment business. It's what our supporters demand" #whufc

So the most significant team news from Anfield is that Newcastle are without Loic Remy, who attended Arsenal’s game against West Brom last weekend, due to injury. That, coupled with Liverpool’s strong side, means a victory is surely inevitable for the home side.
Just to reiterate the news from this featured game: TEAMS: Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Toure, Sakho, Cissokho, Lucas, Coutinho, Aspas. /// Newcastle: Krul, Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Debuchy, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Satka, Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, de Jong.

RT @Everton: Everton team (to play Hull): Howard, Baines, Coleman, Jagielka (c), Distin, McGeady, Naismith, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Osman.

RT @hullcityteam: Hull Starting XI: McGregor, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Jelavic, Aluko, Elmohamady, Quinn

RT @stokecity: XI v @WBAFCofficial : Sorensen; Muniesa, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron; Arnautovic, Whelan, Nzonzi, Odemwingie; Ireland, Walters

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Nemanja Vidic will captain #mufc today in his final match as a United player. Thanks for everything, Vida.

Bacary Sagna, in what could be his last league game for Arsenal, is at centre-back today. Szczesny and Mertesacker rested.

RT @SouthamptonFC: #SaintsFC team vs @ManUtd: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana (c), Lambert.

RT @Arsenal: #Arsenal team to play Norwich: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

RT @whufc_official: TEAMS: #WHUFC Adrian, Reid, McCartney, Nolan (c), Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, O'Brien, Diame, Downing

And here's team news from the other games today...

Confirmed #LFC team v @NUFC: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge

TEAM NEWS: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Kolarov, Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko #cityvwestham #mcfc

TEAM NEWS: Sergio Aguero STARTS for Manchester City at home to West Ham, with Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany comprising a very strong spine.
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The away dressing room ahead of Liverpool v Newcastle United #LFC #NUFC

Liverpool made such a fantastic challenge in the second half of the season and it’d be a shame if Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea and their inability to hold onto a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace did cost them the title. Still, City will be worthy winners if they can get across the line. And you suspect they will.

West Ham's Kevin Nolan: "It's important we put on a performance today. We're looking to spoil the party!" #MCIWHU

Liverpool fans seem to be hoping that former player Andy Carroll will do them a favour today, and maybe Stewart Downing will provide the assist too. City have Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure fit, which is a huge boost, while Liverpool welcome back Jordan Henderson.
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Flares, flags & fervour as #MCFC coach arrives at Etihad

Wondering who to support out of Liverpool or Manchester City if you are a neutral? Never fear, read our guide to who really deserves the title...

Sunday brings to an end one of the most intriguing title battle in years, but who should the neutrals favour between Manchester City and Liverpool? Continue reading →

Of course, it’s not only the title that remains to be resolved. Manchester United will snatch a Europa League spot if they win at Southampton and Tottenham lose at home to Villa. Meanwhile, relegation and the battle for third place have not been mathematically concluded, even if they require huge goal swings.

If Luis Suarez scores against Newcastle, he'll break the record for most goals scored in a single 38-game Premier League season.

In case you needed reminding, the title is still up for grabs on the final day. Liverpool start the afternoon two points behind Manchester City but given their inferior goal difference there is only one scenario that will guarantee them the title: A win at home to Newcastle and a defeat for City as they host West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. Unlikely? Perhaps. But certainly not impossible.
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Scenes outside Anfield as fans line the streets for to welcome the team coach. #LFC

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final day of the season. We will be setting the scene over the next 45 minutes or so before embarking on a dedicated min-by-min of Liverpool v Newcastle. As always, you can follow all today’s games live via dedicated matchcasts on our site.

Starting Line-ups

Newcastle United
    • 22
    • 38
    • 5
    • 37
    • Johnson
    • C
    • 24
    • 14
    • Sterling
    • Luis Suárez
    • 15
Team Manager:  Brendan Rodgers
    • Shola Ameobi
    • 7
    • 8
    • 24
      Cheick Tioté
    • 11
    • Debuchy
    • 27
      Steven Taylor
    • 6
    • 2
    • 19
    • 1
Team Manager:  Steve McClaren
Players Sub Time
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. MignoletDFP
0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 90
G. JohnsonDFP
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
D. AggerDFP
1 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
M. SkrtelDFP
0 0 0 1 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
J. FlanaganDFP
0 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 45
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. GerrardDFP
0 2 0 92 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 90
J. HendersonDFP
0 0 0 97 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
R. SterlingDFP
0 0 0 62 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 90
J. AllenDFP
0 0 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 59
Luis SuárezDFP
0 0 2 28 2 2 1 5 0 0 0 90
D. SturridgeDFP
1 0 3 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 80
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
T. KrulDFP
0 3 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 90
F. ColocciniDFP
0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
M. WilliamsonDFP
0 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
M. HaidaraDFP
0 0 0 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
M. DebuchyDFP
0 0 0 7 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
Steven TaylorDFP
0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 73
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. SissokoDFP
0 0 0 29 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
V. AnitaDFP
0 0 1 45 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 90
Cheick TiotéDFP
0 0 0 59 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 82
Y. GouffranDFP
0 0 1 31 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 78
Shola AmeobiDFP
0 0 3 25 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 66
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