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The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
Motherwell draw on spirit of 1991 to inspire Scottish Cup final shock
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
Motherwell draw on spirit of 1991 to inspire Scottish Cup final shock
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation - frequently voiced in England - that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard. Given that if Celtic beat Motherwell in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park Rodgers and his players will achieve an unprecedented double clean sweep of the domestic honours, his claim is likely to prompt the cynical comment: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” And, of course, the Northern Irishman has an interest in portraying Celtic’s achievements under his management as redemptive, after his tenure at Liverpool was cut short by dismissal in October 2015. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that if consecutive trebles were easy to accumulate, the feat would have been accomplished previously. In fact, the last occasion upon which it was possible fell a generation ago, when Walter Smith’s Rangers were denied by Craig Brewster’s strike for Dundee United in the 1994 Scottish Cup final. “It’s something you can’t really change,” Rodgers said. “For as long as I can remember there has always been that view from the south that the game is better down there. “The perception is never the reality. Coaches, managers and people within the game understand the complexities of trying to re-energise things after what we achieved last year. Players who ran 15m to press a ball last year might only want to do 10m this year, but you know you still have to get them going and pressing.” As for his own motivation, Rodgers cited anxiety about falling short of natural expectations. “I said last year that at least, whenever the time came to leave here, I knew I wasn’t a total disaster,” he said. “That is always the fear. You come into a club you support and you’ve got to be with friends and family for the rest of your life saying you were hopeless. “It’s a chance to create history in the club and that’s great, but I haven’t really thought about it too much. If we can get our sixth trophy in two seasons it would be absolutely amazing, but the thought is about performing in the game. Tom Rogic has signed a new five-year contract Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire “I tend to take the emotion out of it, because if you go down that road it can come back to you when you reach a point in the game where you have to make a decision.” Rodgers is unlikely to be forced into any dilemmas with regard to his starting selection, which all but picks itself, especially since Odsonne Edouard’s injury removes the possibility that he might have begun the contest instead of Moussa Dembele. Tom Rogic’s decision to sign a five-year extension to his current contract adds to Celtic’s buoyancy, as does the knowledge that the Hoops have been over this course before. “There is a different feeling this year because of that experience that the players have gained,” Rodgers said. “You can anticipate a bit more how it will all work out but, certainly, when we get up on Saturday morning knowing we are coming in to a really special occasion then, of course, the edge and the adrenalin will start to kick in. Celtic and Rodgers completed the first half of a possible 'double treble' by beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden last May Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. “We had a wonderful experience last year. It was fantastic to win it and to win the treble was a real special occasion. “I’ve been really pleased with seeing that growth and development in the high-pressure games. The level of their football in those games and how they’ve stayed calm and controlled in them is key. When we first came a couple of years ago, there was a real trepidation around here for all the players, supporters, staff, workers at the club. “It is a mindset that has changed. It doesn’t guarantee that you are always going to win, but what it does is give you what we all want in life, which is a chance and an opportunity. I sense that even this week. “It has been great to look back on some of my notes and plans from last year and see what my thoughts were. There is an equal focus, but we did it last year - we won the treble. That always gives you confidence and that level of control going into the game. “I never say to the players, ‘You’ve got to take this chance because it will be the only chance in your life’ because part of me thinks, ‘Do you not think you can do it again?’ “But there’s no doubt there’s an opportunity to write another chapter in the great history of the club. You think of the great history of Scottish football - in all the various eras and levels of players - and there’s a reason why it’s never been done.” Celtic (probable) (4-2-3-1)Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, McGregor; Dembele.
Celtic have the chance to create history, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation - frequently voiced in England - that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard. Given that if Celtic beat Motherwell in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park Rodgers and his players will achieve an unprecedented double clean sweep of the domestic honours, his claim is likely to prompt the cynical comment: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” And, of course, the Northern Irishman has an interest in portraying Celtic’s achievements under his management as redemptive, after his tenure at Liverpool was cut short by dismissal in October 2015. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that if consecutive trebles were easy to accumulate, the feat would have been accomplished previously. In fact, the last occasion upon which it was possible fell a generation ago, when Walter Smith’s Rangers were denied by Craig Brewster’s strike for Dundee United in the 1994 Scottish Cup final. “It’s something you can’t really change,” Rodgers said. “For as long as I can remember there has always been that view from the south that the game is better down there. “The perception is never the reality. Coaches, managers and people within the game understand the complexities of trying to re-energise things after what we achieved last year. Players who ran 15m to press a ball last year might only want to do 10m this year, but you know you still have to get them going and pressing.” As for his own motivation, Rodgers cited anxiety about falling short of natural expectations. “I said last year that at least, whenever the time came to leave here, I knew I wasn’t a total disaster,” he said. “That is always the fear. You come into a club you support and you’ve got to be with friends and family for the rest of your life saying you were hopeless. “It’s a chance to create history in the club and that’s great, but I haven’t really thought about it too much. If we can get our sixth trophy in two seasons it would be absolutely amazing, but the thought is about performing in the game. Tom Rogic has signed a new five-year contract Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire “I tend to take the emotion out of it, because if you go down that road it can come back to you when you reach a point in the game where you have to make a decision.” Rodgers is unlikely to be forced into any dilemmas with regard to his starting selection, which all but picks itself, especially since Odsonne Edouard’s injury removes the possibility that he might have begun the contest instead of Moussa Dembele. Tom Rogic’s decision to sign a five-year extension to his current contract adds to Celtic’s buoyancy, as does the knowledge that the Hoops have been over this course before. “There is a different feeling this year because of that experience that the players have gained,” Rodgers said. “You can anticipate a bit more how it will all work out but, certainly, when we get up on Saturday morning knowing we are coming in to a really special occasion then, of course, the edge and the adrenalin will start to kick in. Celtic and Rodgers completed the first half of a possible 'double treble' by beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden last May Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. “We had a wonderful experience last year. It was fantastic to win it and to win the treble was a real special occasion. “I’ve been really pleased with seeing that growth and development in the high-pressure games. The level of their football in those games and how they’ve stayed calm and controlled in them is key. When we first came a couple of years ago, there was a real trepidation around here for all the players, supporters, staff, workers at the club. “It is a mindset that has changed. It doesn’t guarantee that you are always going to win, but what it does is give you what we all want in life, which is a chance and an opportunity. I sense that even this week. “It has been great to look back on some of my notes and plans from last year and see what my thoughts were. There is an equal focus, but we did it last year - we won the treble. That always gives you confidence and that level of control going into the game. “I never say to the players, ‘You’ve got to take this chance because it will be the only chance in your life’ because part of me thinks, ‘Do you not think you can do it again?’ “But there’s no doubt there’s an opportunity to write another chapter in the great history of the club. You think of the great history of Scottish football - in all the various eras and levels of players - and there’s a reason why it’s never been done.” Celtic (probable) (4-2-3-1)Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, McGregor; Dembele.
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
Motherwell draw on spirit of 1991 to inspire Scottish Cup final shock
An unforeseen symmetry returns Motherwell to Hampden Park for the William Hill Scottish Cup final, 10 months after they opened their season at the same venue. Back on July 15, the Steelmen beat Queen’s Park 5-1 in a Betfred Scottish League Cup group stage tie to begin a progress that saw them to the tournament final in November. On that occasion – as again here – Motherwell’s opponents were Celtic, who secured the first instalment of what could be a second clean sweep of the Scottish honours with a 2-0 victory. While a repeat of that outcome today would surprise few beyond the confines of Fir Park, Stephen Robinson has derived encouragement from his players’ experiences at Hampden since their romp against Queen’s Park. To claim the right to contest the two Scottish finals Motherwell beat Rangers in October and Aberdeen last month. “It is the fifth time we have been here, including the start against Queen’s Park,” Robinson said. “The boys are accustomed to the surroundings and I don’t think it is going to faze them. We showed we can deal with that in two big semi-finals against Rangers and Aberdeen in front of big crowds so I think we are over that now – as Celtic are because they are also in this sort of occasion on a regular basis. I am sure we will be able to handle it.” Motherwell's Ryan Bowman will take on Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer again at Hampden on Saturday Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire There has been much talk around the club about 1991, when Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup, beating Dundee United 4-3 after extra time in a memorable final. That success occurred only a generation ago but it is overlaid with poignancy because four of the squad members – Davie Cooper, Jamie Dolan, Phil O’Donnell and Paul McGrillen – died, all in their 30s. “You still hear people speaking of the 1991 squad that won the cup and they are revered around the football club,” Robinson said. “In terms of management it would be the biggest thing I have ever achieved and I would imagine that would be the case for 100 per cent of our players. “They have all come from non-league teams, under-23 teams and League Two. None of them have played at any real level in the game and it would be a huge achievement for us.” Motherwell's Curtis Main, right, celebrates with Christopher Cadden after scoring their first goal in the semi-final victory over Aberdeen Credit: LEE SMITH/REUTERS Celtic have been beaten this season by Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs and Kilmarnock but, rather than cite those examples to his players, the manager has focused on their own display in a rousing meeting with the Hoops only three days after the Scottish League Cup final. “What’s inspired me is our first half performance when we went down to 10 men at Fir Park,” he said. “As well as that, there was the game where we lost a penalty in the last minute when we were beating them. That has inspired me. We have to look at ourselves and how we caused them problems and how we can do that again. “Celtic are a very good side with individuals who can win the game but we have also caused them problems. The clips we have watched back and used to give our boys the belief you speak about have all been Celtic’s games against us.” Motherwell will not be able to bully Celtic as they did to Aberdeen and Rangers, but they will be entitled to nourish hope if they can get decent supply to the front pair of Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman. In response to Motherwell’s underdog status, Robinson cites two instances of success against heavy odds. “People say things are impossible in sport,” he said. “But I think Leicester City and Northern Ireland have proved that’s not the case.” Motherwell (probable) (3-1-4-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Rose; Tait, Campbell, Cadden, Grimshaw; Main, Bowman.
Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation - frequently voiced in England - that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard. Given that if Celtic beat Motherwell in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park Rodgers and his players will achieve an unprecedented double clean sweep of the domestic honours, his claim is likely to prompt the cynical comment: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” And, of course, the Northern Irishman has an interest in portraying Celtic’s achievements under his management as redemptive, after his tenure at Liverpool was cut short by dismissal in October 2015. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that if consecutive trebles were easy to accumulate, the feat would have been accomplished previously. In fact, the last occasion upon which it was possible fell a generation ago, when Walter Smith’s Rangers were denied by Craig Brewster’s strike for Dundee United in the 1994 Scottish Cup final. “It’s something you can’t really change,” Rodgers said. “For as long as I can remember there has always been that view from the south that the game is better down there. “The perception is never the reality. Coaches, managers and people within the game understand the complexities of trying to re-energise things after what we achieved last year. Players who ran 15m to press a ball last year might only want to do 10m this year, but you know you still have to get them going and pressing.” As for his own motivation, Rodgers cited anxiety about falling short of natural expectations. “I said last year that at least, whenever the time came to leave here, I knew I wasn’t a total disaster,” he said. “That is always the fear. You come into a club you support and you’ve got to be with friends and family for the rest of your life saying you were hopeless. “It’s a chance to create history in the club and that’s great, but I haven’t really thought about it too much. If we can get our sixth trophy in two seasons it would be absolutely amazing, but the thought is about performing in the game. Tom Rogic has signed a new five-year contract Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire “I tend to take the emotion out of it, because if you go down that road it can come back to you when you reach a point in the game where you have to make a decision.” Rodgers is unlikely to be forced into any dilemmas with regard to his starting selection, which all but picks itself, especially since Odsonne Edouard’s injury removes the possibility that he might have begun the contest instead of Moussa Dembele. Tom Rogic’s decision to sign a five-year extension to his current contract adds to Celtic’s buoyancy, as does the knowledge that the Hoops have been over this course before. “There is a different feeling this year because of that experience that the players have gained,” Rodgers said. “You can anticipate a bit more how it will all work out but, certainly, when we get up on Saturday morning knowing we are coming in to a really special occasion then, of course, the edge and the adrenalin will start to kick in. Celtic and Rodgers completed the first half of a possible 'double treble' by beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden last May Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. “We had a wonderful experience last year. It was fantastic to win it and to win the treble was a real special occasion. “I’ve been really pleased with seeing that growth and development in the high-pressure games. The level of their football in those games and how they’ve stayed calm and controlled in them is key. When we first came a couple of years ago, there was a real trepidation around here for all the players, supporters, staff, workers at the club. “It is a mindset that has changed. It doesn’t guarantee that you are always going to win, but what it does is give you what we all want in life, which is a chance and an opportunity. I sense that even this week. “It has been great to look back on some of my notes and plans from last year and see what my thoughts were. There is an equal focus, but we did it last year - we won the treble. That always gives you confidence and that level of control going into the game. “I never say to the players, ‘You’ve got to take this chance because it will be the only chance in your life’ because part of me thinks, ‘Do you not think you can do it again?’ “But there’s no doubt there’s an opportunity to write another chapter in the great history of the club. You think of the great history of Scottish football - in all the various eras and levels of players - and there’s a reason why it’s never been done.” Celtic (probable) (4-2-3-1)Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, McGregor; Dembele.
Celtic have the chance to create history, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has rebutted the allegation - frequently voiced in England - that the Scottish game is uncompetitive and substandard. Given that if Celtic beat Motherwell in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park Rodgers and his players will achieve an unprecedented double clean sweep of the domestic honours, his claim is likely to prompt the cynical comment: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” And, of course, the Northern Irishman has an interest in portraying Celtic’s achievements under his management as redemptive, after his tenure at Liverpool was cut short by dismissal in October 2015. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that if consecutive trebles were easy to accumulate, the feat would have been accomplished previously. In fact, the last occasion upon which it was possible fell a generation ago, when Walter Smith’s Rangers were denied by Craig Brewster’s strike for Dundee United in the 1994 Scottish Cup final. “It’s something you can’t really change,” Rodgers said. “For as long as I can remember there has always been that view from the south that the game is better down there. “The perception is never the reality. Coaches, managers and people within the game understand the complexities of trying to re-energise things after what we achieved last year. Players who ran 15m to press a ball last year might only want to do 10m this year, but you know you still have to get them going and pressing.” As for his own motivation, Rodgers cited anxiety about falling short of natural expectations. “I said last year that at least, whenever the time came to leave here, I knew I wasn’t a total disaster,” he said. “That is always the fear. You come into a club you support and you’ve got to be with friends and family for the rest of your life saying you were hopeless. “It’s a chance to create history in the club and that’s great, but I haven’t really thought about it too much. If we can get our sixth trophy in two seasons it would be absolutely amazing, but the thought is about performing in the game. Tom Rogic has signed a new five-year contract Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire “I tend to take the emotion out of it, because if you go down that road it can come back to you when you reach a point in the game where you have to make a decision.” Rodgers is unlikely to be forced into any dilemmas with regard to his starting selection, which all but picks itself, especially since Odsonne Edouard’s injury removes the possibility that he might have begun the contest instead of Moussa Dembele. Tom Rogic’s decision to sign a five-year extension to his current contract adds to Celtic’s buoyancy, as does the knowledge that the Hoops have been over this course before. “There is a different feeling this year because of that experience that the players have gained,” Rodgers said. “You can anticipate a bit more how it will all work out but, certainly, when we get up on Saturday morning knowing we are coming in to a really special occasion then, of course, the edge and the adrenalin will start to kick in. Celtic and Rodgers completed the first half of a possible 'double treble' by beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden last May Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire. “We had a wonderful experience last year. It was fantastic to win it and to win the treble was a real special occasion. “I’ve been really pleased with seeing that growth and development in the high-pressure games. The level of their football in those games and how they’ve stayed calm and controlled in them is key. When we first came a couple of years ago, there was a real trepidation around here for all the players, supporters, staff, workers at the club. “It is a mindset that has changed. It doesn’t guarantee that you are always going to win, but what it does is give you what we all want in life, which is a chance and an opportunity. I sense that even this week. “It has been great to look back on some of my notes and plans from last year and see what my thoughts were. There is an equal focus, but we did it last year - we won the treble. That always gives you confidence and that level of control going into the game. “I never say to the players, ‘You’ve got to take this chance because it will be the only chance in your life’ because part of me thinks, ‘Do you not think you can do it again?’ “But there’s no doubt there’s an opportunity to write another chapter in the great history of the club. You think of the great history of Scottish football - in all the various eras and levels of players - and there’s a reason why it’s never been done.” Celtic (probable) (4-2-3-1)Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, McGregor; Dembele.
Celtic's Scottish Cup hero Tom Rogic says a move to the Premier League never crossed his mind
Celtic v Aberdeen
Celtic's Scottish Cup hero Tom Rogic says a move to the Premier League never crossed his mind
The loan deal that saw Charly Musonda move from Chelsea to Celtic on an 18-month contract has been cut short because Brendan Rodgers has been unable to guarantee the Belgian midfielder sufficient game time. Telegraph Sport has reported previously that Chelsea were unhappy about the 21-year-old’s lack of action, but Rodgers said that his connection with Stamford Bridge remained amicable. “Chelsea actually came to me and to us about the possibility of taking Charly,” he said. “Since I became a manager I’ve taken six players from them on loan. Young Liam Bridcutt, a player who is at Nottingham Forest now, and Jack Cork came in and did very well. “Ryan Bertrand, I took when he was 18 to Reading and he played 44 games. Victor Moses came and played 19 games for me in the season we nearly won the title at Liverpool. He was unfortunate he couldn’t get in front of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho but he still had a good grounding. “The next year he went out to Stoke and played 19 games, so he got the experience. Josh McEachran didn’t quite work out for a number of reasons and also Charly. So, I’ve got great relations there with the people but, of course, it’s a business for them as well and Charly needs to be playing. “On Monday I flew to London and had a meeting with Chelsea about the football and business sides. My relations there are very strong. Charly signed an 18-month loan deal with a break at the end of the season to discuss where it’s at and we both felt that, probably for what he needs at this stage of his career – and what I’d hope to give him – I can’t guarantee. Celtic are preparing for the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday Credit: getty images “Charly’s not 17 or 18, like Pat Roberts was when he came in. He’s older and he’s at a stage where he needs to play and play week in, week out and unfortunately, I couldn’t guarantee him that. We had a look at it and it was best for him to go back and probably pick up a loan somewhere else. “You can only play 11 players and in the position that’s probably Charly’s best, Callum McGregor’s playing brilliantly. “I won’t just bring players in on loan and think I have to play them. I bring them in because I think they can play and help us but if that spurs on other players to really jump and play, then unfortunately that’s why his game time was limited. And, of course, if I can’t then guarantee it for next year then I have to be honest as well.” Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is at the other end of the playing scale from Musonda, with 59 appearances for Celtic and Scotland this season. He was replaced seven minutes into the second half in Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Aberdeen because of the toll taken on him by so many outings. Nevertheless, he will start against Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday, to be watched by scouts from Atletico Madrid, the Europa League winners and runners-up in La Liga. Kieran Tierney has received interest from a number of clubs Credit: pa “There is a dearth of good left-backs and, with Kieran’s qualities and huge potential still as a young player, that is always going to draw the eyes of top teams,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t bother him. He is developing very well and is loving every minute. He has a really good temperament and that is getting better in big games. That’s important. Tactically, he understands the game much better. “Physically, he can cope with any league in the world. He has got stronger and faster. He’s a really exceptional young guy. He’s very stable, his home life and family are Celtic mad.” Asked if it was not inevitable that Tierney would hit a ceiling in the Scottish game, Rodgers said: “Maybe at some point, but I don’t think it’s now. At the moment he’s jumping from the youth team into the level of players we have here and he’s developing and improving. “He could move to a number of clubs if he wanted but it’s about it being the right club. An opportunity might come for him that he will have to look at and the club will look at but at the moment it’s not even a conversation. We chat and talk and he’s living the dream, really. He’s not ready to end it now.”
Charly Musonda cuts Celtic loan short with Brendan Rodgers unable to guarantee him game time
The loan deal that saw Charly Musonda move from Chelsea to Celtic on an 18-month contract has been cut short because Brendan Rodgers has been unable to guarantee the Belgian midfielder sufficient game time. Telegraph Sport has reported previously that Chelsea were unhappy about the 21-year-old’s lack of action, but Rodgers said that his connection with Stamford Bridge remained amicable. “Chelsea actually came to me and to us about the possibility of taking Charly,” he said. “Since I became a manager I’ve taken six players from them on loan. Young Liam Bridcutt, a player who is at Nottingham Forest now, and Jack Cork came in and did very well. “Ryan Bertrand, I took when he was 18 to Reading and he played 44 games. Victor Moses came and played 19 games for me in the season we nearly won the title at Liverpool. He was unfortunate he couldn’t get in front of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho but he still had a good grounding. “The next year he went out to Stoke and played 19 games, so he got the experience. Josh McEachran didn’t quite work out for a number of reasons and also Charly. So, I’ve got great relations there with the people but, of course, it’s a business for them as well and Charly needs to be playing. “On Monday I flew to London and had a meeting with Chelsea about the football and business sides. My relations there are very strong. Charly signed an 18-month loan deal with a break at the end of the season to discuss where it’s at and we both felt that, probably for what he needs at this stage of his career – and what I’d hope to give him – I can’t guarantee. Celtic are preparing for the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday Credit: getty images “Charly’s not 17 or 18, like Pat Roberts was when he came in. He’s older and he’s at a stage where he needs to play and play week in, week out and unfortunately, I couldn’t guarantee him that. We had a look at it and it was best for him to go back and probably pick up a loan somewhere else. “You can only play 11 players and in the position that’s probably Charly’s best, Callum McGregor’s playing brilliantly. “I won’t just bring players in on loan and think I have to play them. I bring them in because I think they can play and help us but if that spurs on other players to really jump and play, then unfortunately that’s why his game time was limited. And, of course, if I can’t then guarantee it for next year then I have to be honest as well.” Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is at the other end of the playing scale from Musonda, with 59 appearances for Celtic and Scotland this season. He was replaced seven minutes into the second half in Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Aberdeen because of the toll taken on him by so many outings. Nevertheless, he will start against Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday, to be watched by scouts from Atletico Madrid, the Europa League winners and runners-up in La Liga. Kieran Tierney has received interest from a number of clubs Credit: pa “There is a dearth of good left-backs and, with Kieran’s qualities and huge potential still as a young player, that is always going to draw the eyes of top teams,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t bother him. He is developing very well and is loving every minute. He has a really good temperament and that is getting better in big games. That’s important. Tactically, he understands the game much better. “Physically, he can cope with any league in the world. He has got stronger and faster. He’s a really exceptional young guy. He’s very stable, his home life and family are Celtic mad.” Asked if it was not inevitable that Tierney would hit a ceiling in the Scottish game, Rodgers said: “Maybe at some point, but I don’t think it’s now. At the moment he’s jumping from the youth team into the level of players we have here and he’s developing and improving. “He could move to a number of clubs if he wanted but it’s about it being the right club. An opportunity might come for him that he will have to look at and the club will look at but at the moment it’s not even a conversation. We chat and talk and he’s living the dream, really. He’s not ready to end it now.”
The loan deal that saw Charly Musonda move from Chelsea to Celtic on an 18-month contract has been cut short because Brendan Rodgers has been unable to guarantee the Belgian midfielder sufficient game time. Telegraph Sport has reported previously that Chelsea were unhappy about the 21-year-old’s lack of action, but Rodgers said that his connection with Stamford Bridge remained amicable. “Chelsea actually came to me and to us about the possibility of taking Charly,” he said. “Since I became a manager I’ve taken six players from them on loan. Young Liam Bridcutt, a player who is at Nottingham Forest now, and Jack Cork came in and did very well. “Ryan Bertrand, I took when he was 18 to Reading and he played 44 games. Victor Moses came and played 19 games for me in the season we nearly won the title at Liverpool. He was unfortunate he couldn’t get in front of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho but he still had a good grounding. “The next year he went out to Stoke and played 19 games, so he got the experience. Josh McEachran didn’t quite work out for a number of reasons and also Charly. So, I’ve got great relations there with the people but, of course, it’s a business for them as well and Charly needs to be playing. “On Monday I flew to London and had a meeting with Chelsea about the football and business sides. My relations there are very strong. Charly signed an 18-month loan deal with a break at the end of the season to discuss where it’s at and we both felt that, probably for what he needs at this stage of his career – and what I’d hope to give him – I can’t guarantee. Celtic are preparing for the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday Credit: getty images “Charly’s not 17 or 18, like Pat Roberts was when he came in. He’s older and he’s at a stage where he needs to play and play week in, week out and unfortunately, I couldn’t guarantee him that. We had a look at it and it was best for him to go back and probably pick up a loan somewhere else. “You can only play 11 players and in the position that’s probably Charly’s best, Callum McGregor’s playing brilliantly. “I won’t just bring players in on loan and think I have to play them. I bring them in because I think they can play and help us but if that spurs on other players to really jump and play, then unfortunately that’s why his game time was limited. And, of course, if I can’t then guarantee it for next year then I have to be honest as well.” Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is at the other end of the playing scale from Musonda, with 59 appearances for Celtic and Scotland this season. He was replaced seven minutes into the second half in Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Aberdeen because of the toll taken on him by so many outings. Nevertheless, he will start against Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday, to be watched by scouts from Atletico Madrid, the Europa League winners and runners-up in La Liga. Kieran Tierney has received interest from a number of clubs Credit: pa “There is a dearth of good left-backs and, with Kieran’s qualities and huge potential still as a young player, that is always going to draw the eyes of top teams,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t bother him. He is developing very well and is loving every minute. He has a really good temperament and that is getting better in big games. That’s important. Tactically, he understands the game much better. “Physically, he can cope with any league in the world. He has got stronger and faster. He’s a really exceptional young guy. He’s very stable, his home life and family are Celtic mad.” Asked if it was not inevitable that Tierney would hit a ceiling in the Scottish game, Rodgers said: “Maybe at some point, but I don’t think it’s now. At the moment he’s jumping from the youth team into the level of players we have here and he’s developing and improving. “He could move to a number of clubs if he wanted but it’s about it being the right club. An opportunity might come for him that he will have to look at and the club will look at but at the moment it’s not even a conversation. We chat and talk and he’s living the dream, really. He’s not ready to end it now.”
Charly Musonda cuts Celtic loan short with Brendan Rodgers unable to guarantee him game time
The loan deal that saw Charly Musonda move from Chelsea to Celtic on an 18-month contract has been cut short because Brendan Rodgers has been unable to guarantee the Belgian midfielder sufficient game time. Telegraph Sport has reported previously that Chelsea were unhappy about the 21-year-old’s lack of action, but Rodgers said that his connection with Stamford Bridge remained amicable. “Chelsea actually came to me and to us about the possibility of taking Charly,” he said. “Since I became a manager I’ve taken six players from them on loan. Young Liam Bridcutt, a player who is at Nottingham Forest now, and Jack Cork came in and did very well. “Ryan Bertrand, I took when he was 18 to Reading and he played 44 games. Victor Moses came and played 19 games for me in the season we nearly won the title at Liverpool. He was unfortunate he couldn’t get in front of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho but he still had a good grounding. “The next year he went out to Stoke and played 19 games, so he got the experience. Josh McEachran didn’t quite work out for a number of reasons and also Charly. So, I’ve got great relations there with the people but, of course, it’s a business for them as well and Charly needs to be playing. “On Monday I flew to London and had a meeting with Chelsea about the football and business sides. My relations there are very strong. Charly signed an 18-month loan deal with a break at the end of the season to discuss where it’s at and we both felt that, probably for what he needs at this stage of his career – and what I’d hope to give him – I can’t guarantee. Celtic are preparing for the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday Credit: getty images “Charly’s not 17 or 18, like Pat Roberts was when he came in. He’s older and he’s at a stage where he needs to play and play week in, week out and unfortunately, I couldn’t guarantee him that. We had a look at it and it was best for him to go back and probably pick up a loan somewhere else. “You can only play 11 players and in the position that’s probably Charly’s best, Callum McGregor’s playing brilliantly. “I won’t just bring players in on loan and think I have to play them. I bring them in because I think they can play and help us but if that spurs on other players to really jump and play, then unfortunately that’s why his game time was limited. And, of course, if I can’t then guarantee it for next year then I have to be honest as well.” Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, is at the other end of the playing scale from Musonda, with 59 appearances for Celtic and Scotland this season. He was replaced seven minutes into the second half in Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Aberdeen because of the toll taken on him by so many outings. Nevertheless, he will start against Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday, to be watched by scouts from Atletico Madrid, the Europa League winners and runners-up in La Liga. Kieran Tierney has received interest from a number of clubs Credit: pa “There is a dearth of good left-backs and, with Kieran’s qualities and huge potential still as a young player, that is always going to draw the eyes of top teams,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t bother him. He is developing very well and is loving every minute. He has a really good temperament and that is getting better in big games. That’s important. Tactically, he understands the game much better. “Physically, he can cope with any league in the world. He has got stronger and faster. He’s a really exceptional young guy. He’s very stable, his home life and family are Celtic mad.” Asked if it was not inevitable that Tierney would hit a ceiling in the Scottish game, Rodgers said: “Maybe at some point, but I don’t think it’s now. At the moment he’s jumping from the youth team into the level of players we have here and he’s developing and improving. “He could move to a number of clubs if he wanted but it’s about it being the right club. An opportunity might come for him that he will have to look at and the club will look at but at the moment it’s not even a conversation. We chat and talk and he’s living the dream, really. He’s not ready to end it now.”
Ed Clancy powers JLT Condor into OVO Energy Tour Series lead in Aberdeen
Ed Clancy powers JLT Condor into OVO Energy Tour Series lead in Aberdeen
Ed Clancy powers JLT Condor into OVO Energy Tour Series lead in Aberdeen
Socceroos ace Tom Rogic has signed a five-year deal with Celtic, keeping him in Glasgow until 2023
Celtic v Aberdeen
Socceroos ace Tom Rogic has signed a five-year deal with Celtic, keeping him in Glasgow until 2023
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Scott Brown makes light of Graeme Shinnie lunge: 'He's not got great quality - it was a little boy's tackle'
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Scott Brown makes light of Graeme Shinnie lunge: 'He's not got great quality - it was a little boy's tackle'
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Scott Brown makes light of Graeme Shinnie lunge: 'He's not got great quality - it was a little boy's tackle'
Words cannot break bones, unlike dangerous tackles, but Scott Brown’s verdict on Graeme Shinnie might leave the Aberdeen captain feeling stung, to say the least. Shinnie was cautioned on Sunday for a late lunge at his Celtic counterpart during the Dons’ first victory at Parkhead in 14 years, but afterwards added that ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Brown was in celebratory mood on Tuesday as he collected his latest prize, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Player of the Season trophy, to add to the equivalent accolades bestowed by PFA Scotland and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association, but his combative tendency was also in evidence when Shinnie’s name came up. “The ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down,” Brown said. “It was a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really. “He was saying that he got close to the ball, but I watched it back and it is kind of a little boy’s tackle – waiting until I was past him. My pace obviously did him in his prime and I got past him. I’m not the one with 15 league bookings this season. “Graeme runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can. It’s the only thing he can probably do to try and stop us – to try and make a bad tackle. To be fair on him, it was a good bad tackle. Brown has won numerous personal awards this season Credit: getty images “My ankle has got no ligaments left in it. It kind of locked. I just needed to open it up again. As soon as I got up. I felt it quite high up. I was thinking, ‘Thank goodness I still wear those grandad shinpads that come all the way around and protect everything!’ “It wasn’t too bad. I have had worse, but it wasn’t great, especially at the time of year.” Shinnie’s challenge will not, however, prevent Brown from facing Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday. If Celtic fulfil their status as emphatic odds-on favourites to take the trophy, Brown will collect his 14th honour as captain and gain the distinction of having worn the armband through an unprecedented sequence of consecutive clean sweeps of the Scottish honours. “It’s not been done before,” he said. “A lot of people doubted our ability to go through the season and do the exact same thing again because it was always going to be hard. It was always going to come to a time where we got beaten in a game or we struggled. “Hearts managed to get that victory. It was about how we bounced back. We have won two trophies and we have got a chance to win a third. We need to make sure we do it for ourselves.” Celtic and Motherwell have already contested one of the season’s prizes, when they met in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November. Celtic’s acquired their 101st trophy with a 2-0 victory and, although Motherwell have a name for being robust, Brown views them in a more favourable light than he does Shinnie. Shinnie (left) has been booked more times than any other player in Scotland this season Credit: getty images “We know how they play - they are physical but they are very fair,” he said. “They use their bodies and they don’t lunge in to tackles or do stupid challenges. It’s up to the striker and they play off second balls. We’ve got that in our locker as well. “They are very direct that way but that’s how their team is shaped out and everyone knows their job. They defend really well. In the semi-final against Aberdeen they showed their qualities as well, especially in the first half. “It’s a huge weekend. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a couple of days’ rest and recovery, that’s been good and now we’ll start working properly, focusing on the game, set-plays, what we’re going to do, what shape we’re going to play and what team we’ll play as well.” Fans of rival clubs frequently deride Brown as a headbanger. As it happens, his skull has been in contact with silverware more than once. “Well, I did drop the League Cup on my head two years in a row,” he confessed. “Last year I had no excuse, this year I caught my finger and everyone else jumped and it smacked me on my forehead. You’d think I’d get used to it after picking up a few.”
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional football match. 1:47PM Hello! Good afternoon and welcome to a thoroughly exciting final day of the season! Well, it is if you support Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton or Swansea. Plenty could change today come the final whistle and we'll bring you updates from Anfield as well as keeping up to date with all the rest of the Premier League scores. Chelsea need to beat Newcastle and hope Liverpool lose today if they are to get a coveted Champions League place, while Swansea have to overcome a nine goal swing and beat bottom side Stoke if they have any hope of staying in the English top flight. Spurs need to beat Leicester to confirm a third place finish - a draw and a Liverpool win would mean Jurgen Klopp's side beat them to it. Team news should be with us shortly!
Mo Salah breaks Premier League scoring record as Liverpool secure Champions League football
Jurgen Klopp has not been so euphoric after a Liverpool win this season. Not on any of those consuming European nights. Not after destroying Porto. Not after defeating Manchester City. Not even after overcoming Roma to reach the Champions League final. The moment of victory over Brighton to secure participation in next year’s European Cup finally enabled him to celebrate the chance of winning it in a couple of weeks. All the emotions buried at The Etihad and Stadio Olimpico were finally exposed, the German coach unburdening himself as his prime ambition was realised. It felt like he was back in Rome, in front of those away fans, fist-punching and arm waving without fretting such experiences might be denied his club next year. The endurance test of the Premier League over, Klopp said his players would take on Real Madrid with less pressure and more freedom once they get to Kiev via a ‘mini pre-season’ at a Spanish training camp. “After we went 3-0 it was the first minute in the season I could enjoy it,” said Klopp. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 “Somebody told me it is 3-0 at Newcastle. I knew it is done. I knew we were in the Champions League. It is a fantastic achievement of the boys. Last year everyone said we went to the Champions League because we didn’t have European football. This, for us, is the next step. It is perfect finale of an intense season. We showed the football we could not show in last few games because the boys are human, not machines. I am so happy and proud of the boys.” This was the outcome most had taken for granted, Liverpool easing past un-motivated opposition to reaffirm Champions League status. Not so Klopp. Before now, it has been nine years since Liverpool qualified for the competition in successive campaigns. The prolonged exile in the post-Rafa Benitez era was a symbol of how the lustre at Anfield was fading. Returning, cementing the position and – potentially – winning it again shows the polish is back. Consider the scars that needed healing since this last happened in 2009 - five managers, a club takeover as well as team and stadium rebuilds. Liverpool have enjoyed success during trying periods of their recent history, but it is over 30 years since every aspect of the club was ready to make the most of it on and off the pitch. In many respects the season ended as it had proceeded since August for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah scored, Roberto Firmino hassled opposition defenders into submission and the chant acclaiming Scottish left-back Andy Robertson matched all others. This has been an Anfield campaign where global superstars and cult heroes have emerged, hailed with equilibrium by The Kop. Any Real Madrid scouts present and scribbling notes would have registered nothing new about the style, zeal and ambition of this Liverpool side, but they will have identified what difference a seven-day rest does to them. The bloodhounds were let loose on Brighton. The Spanish observers' most positive assessment ahead of the Champions League final is it is on neutral territory. Liverpool would fancy anyone here. Only once previously in the last 30 years has the club gone a full season without a home league defeat. When Salah struck the first on 26 minutes to puncture limited Brighton resistance, there was no possibility of a stumble on the last lap. “They're a team that we're all hoping can win the Champions League in a few weeks time," said Brighton manager, Chris Hughton. Klopp gave Salah a big hug after substituting him late in the game Credit: GETTY IMAGES “At this moment, if you look at the two most difficult away games you'd say they are Manchester City and Liverpool.” For Salah, a season of personal triumph may yet end in the ultimate team award. Every recent strike has been a landmark. His 32nd in the Premier League ensured he has scored more than anyone in a 38-game campaign. If he can get a hat-trick against Real Madrid he will match Ian Rush’s club record of 47 in a single season. Unlikely, obviously, but when Liverpool attack like this they inject terror. Klopp has been circumspect in his recent praise for Salah, relieved the accolades did not prove distracting. “Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident,” he said. Lovren timed his run superbly to head home and make it 2-0 Credit: OFFSIDE “It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused. He is really difficult to defend but he is young enough to improve.” Top status was effectively preserved once Salah pounced on Dominic Solanke’s clever flick to beat Matthew Ryan on 26 minutes and Liverpool subsequently mounted one of their attacking blitzes, one of those irresistible spells which could have yielded another four before half-time. They had to settle for one before the break, Dejan Lovren connecting with Robertson’s left wing cross. Solanke and Robertson would score their first Liverpool goals in the second half, by which time the contest had become a training session. As the players re-emerged ten minutes after their 4-0 victory for a lap of appreciation worthy of the name – led by the imperious Salah and his collection of Player of the Year awards – it truly was a reminder of how things used to be at this place. The final home game would rarely be a farewell, but a send-off ahead of the history-chasing to come. “Now I am really looking forward to it,” said Klopp. “Now, we will be ready.” 5:32PM See ya, Mr Wenger After 22 years of press conferences, Arsene Wenger's last ever answer as Arsenal manager was at least partially about Gervinho. What a way to bow out.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) May 13, 2018 5:29PM Man City's incredible league performance �� PREMIER LEAGUE RECORDS BROKEN �� 100 points 32 wins 16 away wins 18 successive wins 106 goals +79 goal difference 19 points gap to second#CENTURIONS#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 "I'm not sure we'll see this again. Someone might come close," said Thierry Henry of Man City's achievement this season. It really is astonishing and Guardiola himself said he was lost for words about it. 5:28PM Antonio Conte says he 'has a contract' Credit: GETTY IMAGES Our start wasn't good, we suffer the start because we lost every single ball and it wasn't good. Today we deserved this defeat. Newcastle look more determined than us. We have to change. If we don't have this will, this desire, it is my responsibility. I think today I wasn't able to spread the determination to our players, to play the last game. The situation was in our hands and it was very difficult to try to take a place in the Champions League, in the last two games we didn't take our place. One month ago we had 10 points less, six games to go we have a point of difference with third place. It's very difficult to take a place in Champions League. On his future: I will see. I have a contract and I am committed for this club. 5:21PM Jurgen Klopp post-match words Absolutely. We have now two weeks time to prepare the next game, what the boys did was unbelievable. Then Lallana came on! We missed this player all year. I'm really proud of them. A nearly perfect season! We have no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can really challenge is Champions League spot. It's just fantastic, Mo can break the record which is nice, OK today without Bobby and Sadio on the scoresheet, Solanke deserves it with Firmino in front of him and Ings around. Mo when he's moving not to defend, to change position is quite difficult. He's not Rondon, not a massive striker and he needs to move. He can score again, that's good news for us, staying on track in a season like this when everyone tells you 'you're fantastic' it's really difficult, he's still a young boy. Unbelievable. Congratulations to Man City, fantastic season. Really more consistency, more luck with injuries, experience - you could see it today. If someone could describe our season from outside they would say 'Liverpool is drama'. We will have quality again, boys coming back late from the World Cup. We'll try it again. In our good moments playing better football is not easy but do it more consistently is the next challenge to face. We need to be a bit wider, things like that, but I'm still a big believer in developing a team and these boys did a big step, I'm sure they can do another step. Geoff Shreeves then says, "I hope you come back with the Champions League trophy": That would be cool. 5:04PM Mo Salah says he'll break the record again next season It's very special, I'm very proud to have won it (the golden boot). To be honest, it's always in my mind to succeed in England. When I came back to give 100 per cent to success here, I've had a great season so let's see. The goals always help the team but I want to improve every year, I'm very happy, been improving year after year and I'm very happy about that. It's special to break the record here. Yeh I will next year, don't worry. I will do my best 100 per cent. 4:55PM FINAL SCORES Burnley 1 Bournemouth 2 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 It's the end of an era... 22 years 1,235 games 716 wins 2,298 goals 1 Arsène Wenger#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5nn4K7blD4— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Congrats to Rafa and all the players @NUFC for a brilliant season and finishing 10th. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. #NEWCHE— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 Southampton 0 Man City 1 Already looking forward to the “Pep Guardiola has lost his touch” columns if City only manage 97 points next season.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2018 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:51PM FULL TIME That's it for another season! Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, Man City break the 100 points mark, Chelsea drop into the Europa League, Swansea are relegated and Mo Salah breaks a Premier League record. This has been a brilliant season. Well, not for everyone, but as a neutral it's been entertaining. 4:50PM Arsene Wenger ends with a win His first away win in the league in 2018. Cheers for the fitba, Arsene! 4:49PM MAN CITY HAVE DONE IT! JESUS SAVES! Jesus has lifted the goal over McCarthy after a brilliant long ball over the top of the defence. An incredible finish to the season! Man City have won more points than any other Premier League team in history and break the 100 points mark! Southampton 0 Man City 1 (Jesus 90+4') 4:44PM Scores at 88 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 4 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 5 Leicester 4 West Ham 3 Everton 1 4:43PM Goodbye Michael Carrick! He's off, officially retired and substituted by Jose Mourinho. What a player he was. 84' - So, there we have it. @Carras16 bows out of the @PremierLeague to a rapturous reception at Old Trafford, as @PaulPogba takes his place. It's been a pleasure, captain. #MUFCpic.twitter.com/MGl7SwtcWB— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 "He made other players better. He was in a generation of great midfield players. A top class person," says Michael Owen. 4:42PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! ANDY ROBERTSON HAS HIS GOAL! Liverpool 4 (Robertson 85') Brighton 0 It's a nice team move, a superb cross from Lallana and the ball comes off a defender and lands at Robertson's feet. He lashes it home! 4:40PM 84 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Danny Ings replaces Mo Salah, who is gutted to leave the pitch. It means he gets a standing ovation from Anfield for his record-breaking exploits this afternoon. Klopp gives him a big hug. A late chance of a World Cup place for Ings? You'd think not. Firmino is off for Ben Woodburn, a star of the future. 4:38PM No action at Man City CITY SUB | @PhilFoden will become the youngest winner of a @premierleague medal now he's come on in place of @IlkayGuendogan ���� �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancitypic.twitter.com/6TTuFSJDiw— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 They've been better in this second half but it looks like Mark Hughes may have put a Southampton side out capable of spoiling the 100 points party. 4:38PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 78') West Brom 0 That's two for Palace and it's Van Aanholt, the man who relegated Stoke last week, who's scored it. 4:36PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Niasse 74') Oumar Niasse pulls one back for Everton. Could this be Sam Allardyce's last game in charge of the club? Defeat here in addition to the fairly boring performances they've put in during the season might make that happen. Niasse has other ideas though. 4:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Credit: REUTERS Spurs 5 (Kane 76') Leicester 4 Kane has scored 30 goals! What a match at Wembley, it's like Hibs vs Rangers earlier today! 4:34PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL (s) Burnley 1 Bournemouth 1 (King 74') Josh King has levelled things at Turf Moor and... wait for it... Spurs 4 Leicester 4 (Vardy 73') Another goal at Wembley! Vardy scores again. 4:32PM 75 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Here comes Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Most goals in a 38-game @PremierLeague season… 3️⃣2️⃣ MOHAMED SALAH 3️⃣1️⃣ Luis Suarez 3️⃣1️⃣ Alan Shearer 3️⃣1️⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo Congratulations, @MoSalah! �� pic.twitter.com/oY3DK7Hhxy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 Brighton are enjoying a bit more of the ball now but still can't quite create anything that'll upset Liverpool too much. It's not been easy for Klopp's side but at the same time, it's never seemed like the win was in doubt. Shots on goal: 21-2 4:29PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 70') West Brom 0 What a job Roy Hodgson has done. He really is a great club manager and has turned Palace around this season - though admittedly, much of that has been down to the form of Wilfried Zaha. With Zaha, Palace are a threat. Without, they're a lower-bottom-half side for certain. 4:27PM 70 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's not quite as high tempo at Anfield as earlier on but Liverpool are in complete control. That picture is Solanke's finish for his goal, you can see the technique - straight through the ball. 4:23PM GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! West Ham 2 (Arnautovic 63') Everton 0 Awful goalkeeping by Jordan Pickford. The ball's gone straight through him, one of those dipping, fast shots, and flown into the back of the net. 4:22PM CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST BROM 0 �� London Borough of Roydon. pic.twitter.com/QHCNrZ28rb— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 It's not a classic at Selhurst Park. 4:21PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Newcastle are three up! Ohhhh to know what Antonio Conte is thinking right now! Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 An unmarked Perez takes advantage of a great ball form Lejeune and Chelsea's Champions League ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the football ocean. 63' - GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Pérez has a second, Newcastle have a third!!!! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/DAaZOoFD4F— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 4:19PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Cancel that! Lamela has scored again! Spurs 4 Leicester 3 Gray miscontrols, Spurs take advantage and Lamela is there to convert a cross. If that Fuchs O.G had been given to him he'd have a hat-trick. I wonder if there's any precedent of Spurs players claiming controversial goals to make sure he gets the match ball. Someone will have to check, I'm busy right now. 4:18PM Scores at 62 minutes Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 3 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 3 Leicester 3 West Ham 1 Everton 0 4:17PM GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 Disaster for Chelsea! Ayoze perez has made it 2-0 to Newcastle, flicking in a rebound from close range. Europa League football beckons for Chelsea. 4:15PM 59 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Matt Ryan is raging with the defence in front of him. A missed interception - an easy one at that - hands Firmino a one on one in the six yard box. He shoots at goal but the goalkeeper manages to push it over from point blank range. Duffy has taken a real whack from the corner, colliding with (I think) the goalkeeper. 4:13PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL Spurs 3 (Fuchs 53') Leicester 3 Lamela has a second goal at Wembley and the scores are now level! What a day in the league this is, I love mental matches like these. Buuuut it turns out htat's actually a Fuchs own goal, the ball comes off him last and needs to in order to end up in the net. 4:11PM 55 mins LIV 3 BRI 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool are all over Brighton here, they're in danger of burying of them. I'm not sure what Chris Hughton can even do to address it. 4:10PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 3 (Solanke 53') Brighton 0 Solanke has scored his first Liverpool goal! It's brilliant fby Salah though, as he uses quick feet and sheer genius to skip past two players and lay off the to Solanke inside the area. He takes it first time and punts the thing at full power into the top of the near corner. Superb finish. 4:09PM Harry Kane celebrating his goal Credit: REUTERS He's got a lot to do to catch Salah today and win the golden boot. 4:07PM GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! Spurs 2 Leicester 3 Cancel that. Erik Lamela has made it 3-2, tapping in to finish a well worked move by his teammates. 4:07PM GOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 3 Leicester are playing really well today! Iheanacho has made it three for Leicester! Could this performance be enough to keep Mr Puel in a job? The fans want more entertaining football and the current style is beating the third placed Premier League side. 4:04PM 48 mins LIV 2 BRI 0 Adam Lallana is warming up on the touchline. This could be his big chance to prove that he's ready for a place in the Champions League final squad, let alone the World Cup squad. 4:02PM KICK OFF 2 We're back at Anfield! Also at the rest of the grounds. Enjoy this last day of Premier League football (for a while) while you can! 3:58PM Swansea have a little bit of work to do Half-time. Stoke have scored twice, which means Swansea now need to score eleven. Fair play to them if they do.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) May 13, 2018 3:51PM [Applause] Congratulations @MoSalah on the new goal-scoring record. I enjoyed it while it lasted! ����‍♂️ @premierleague#PLrecord— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 13, 2018 3:48PM Scores at half time Burnley 1 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Manchester United 1 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 2 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 1 Everton 0 3:48PM Record breaking Mo Salah Mohamed Salah has scored his 32nd PL goal, setting a new record for most goals in a 38-game season in the competition. The previous record of 31 goals was held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) & Luis Suarez (2013-14) #PLpic.twitter.com/Z3GpKsOyXT— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 13, 2018 3:46PM HALF TIME It's half time at Anfield as Salah tracks all the way to right-back to help out his team. Brighton are being well beaten here but there's little they can do - Liverpool are just too good for them. Plenty of work to be done next season by the looks of things for Brighton. 3:44PM Dwight Gayle's celebration Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's still Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 at St James' Park. 3:42PM CROUCHY GOAAAAALLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 2 It's everyone's favourite giant footballer and he's plunged Swansea into a gloomy looking place. It's all the more surprising when you consider that Stoke have been woeful so far today! 1000 - @petercrouch's header was the 1000th goal in the Premier League this season. Grand.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:41PM GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Burnley 1 (Wood 39') Bournemouth 0 Woods is in the right place at the right time to convert. We've gone goal mad in the Premier League! 3:41PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Liverpool 2 Brighton 0 Salah swings a corner out, Robertson crosses in from the second phase of play and Lovren is there to power a header past the goalkeeper. 3:40PM GOOOOOAAAALLL! West Ham 1 Everton 0 Manuel Lanzini gives West Ham lead the against ex-boss Sam Allardyce. 3:39PM Salah's celebration Credit: AFP 3:38PM GOOOOOAAAAL FOR WENGER GOAL Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal (38 mins) Aubameyang is on the scoresheet again - sliding in to complete a slick passing move #HUDARS— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2018 3:35PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Man Utd 1 (Rashford 34') Watford 0 Rashford! Carrick pings a beautiful pass into Mata's pass, he squares it to Rashford and the striker finishes the move. 3:34PM 33 mins Credit: REUTERS Mark Hughes old team are doing him a big favour with that goal but it's come out of nowhere. Swansea are, or were, in control of that game and should have been more than 1-0 up by this point. 3:32PM Scores at 32 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 1 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:32PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL! Swansea 1 Stoke 1 And it's Stoke who equalise against Swansea. Ndiaye lobs the goalkeeper. Swansea look doomed! 3:30PM 30 mins LIV 1 BRI 0 Liverpool really pulling the strings. They're so good to watch and Firmino has managed to poke a shot at goal yards over the bar after Robertson and Mane force the opportunity. They're relentless. And MANE IS IN! How has that happened?! One on one with the goalkeeper! He passes to Salah instead of shooting but the goalie reads it and blocks! That's poor by both strikers, the wrong decision and terrible execution. 3:27PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Liverpool 1 (Salah 26') Brighton 0 It's Mo Salah! And he's finished a superb passing move by Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold drives through the middle, Solanke takes the ball on and flicks a pass inside the pitch, it doesn't quite go where he wants but sets up Salah to finish on his left foot into the bottom corner. 3:25PM 25 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Firmino is dropping deeper into midfield now to make it more of a three and ensure Liverpool aren't too vulnerable in the centre of the pitch. Liverpool still in total control of the game. 3:23PM GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 OH THE NARRATIVE! Chelsea go behind to Rafa Benitez's team and it's Dwight Gayle who heads into an empty net after a quality save by Courtois. That might make Liverpool feel a little more comfortable. 3:22PM The scores at 22 minutes Burnley 0 Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0 West Brom 0 Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0 Brighton 0 Manchester United 0 Watford 0 Newcastle 0 Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Man City 0 Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Tottenham 1 Leicester 2 West Ham 0 Everton 0 3:21PM Michael Carrick's guard of honour Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's nice to see. Carrick's one of the most underrated footballers that England have produced (in my opinion) and they could really do with someone who keeps play moving like today's Man Utd captain for the World Cup. 3:19PM PENALTY - NO! That must have been a penalty! Salah dribbles across the box and is wiped out by a clumsy, ill-timed lunge by Duffy. It's a clear penalty and somehow the referee hasn't seen it. Liverpool denied two penalties so far! And now Mane is one-on-one with the goalkeeper! HE MUST SCORE! And he's missed! Mane goes wide of the six yard box after beating the offside trap and shoots straight at the goalkeeper. 3:17PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 2 (Mahrez 16') Leicester back in front as Riyad Mahrez grabs a second goal for Claude Puel's side. His last goal for the Foxes? 3:16PM GOOOOAAAAALL! Swansea 1 Stoke 0 Andy King makes it 1-0 Swansea! The Swans are almost surely relegated but strange things happen in football from time to time. 3:14PM 15 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Still all Liverpool! Brighton are trying to keep the ball and get out of their own half but the Liverpool press is so aggressive that they just aren't able to! Meanwhile, another nice statistic for Harry Kane over in the Spurs game. 40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 13, 2018 3:12PM 12 mins Paul Ince is slagging off his son on BT Sport's score show for missing an absolute sitter against Arsenal. Thomas Ince is playing for Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger's last ever Arsenal game, Alan Tyers is doing the liveblog over here. 3:10PM SOUTHAMPTON 0 MAN CITY 0 8. A mixed opening at St. Mary's as Hoedt connects with a corner at the near post - off the bar! Meanwhile @DeBruyneKev is looking to craft an early goal for us at the other end. �� 0-0 �� #saintsvcity#mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2018 3:09PM 10 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Liverpool should have a penalty! Alexander-Arnold hits a cross in from wide, Duffy ducks down to block it and it comes off his arm instead of his... head, or whatever bit of his body he's trying to use, and the referee decides it's accidental. The referee is looking straight at it! 3:07PM GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spurs 1 Leicester 1 Harry Kane scores to get closer to Mo Salah's goal tally and makes it level at Wembley. 3:06PM 6 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 All Liverpool at the moment. They're putting the ball high over the top of the defence and chasing it in numbers. A couple of desperate blocks to shots from near the box by Brighton defenders so far, Henderson shoots wide from 25 yards with a stinging effort. 3:04PM GOOOOOAAALLL! Spurs 0 Leicester 1 Jamie Vardy makes it 1-0 to Leicester! 3:03PM 3 mins LIV 0 BRI 0 Mane causes problems early on, getting in behind the defence in the Brighton box but nothing comes from the corner. Brighton are closing down Liverpool high up the pitch from goal kicks but quickly revert to a deep defensive shape when the ball beats the press. 3:00PM KICK OFF We're underway around the grounds! 2:54PM How do you even get this to the stadium? #nufc banner time pic.twitter.com/jrAy4iyOqO— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) May 13, 2018 Impressive work by the Newcastle supporters today! 2:54PM West Ham vs Everton teamsheets West Ham Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic Everton Pickford, Baines, Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Niasse, Tosun 2:51PM Crystal Palace vs West Brom teamsheets Here's the Palace team to take on @WBA this afternoon! #CRYWBApic.twitter.com/wJP6DDc0lg— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018 1️⃣ change for Mooro's men... ↩️ Matt Phillips ↪️ Grzegorz Krychowiak Come on you Baggies!#WBApic.twitter.com/mO8Bu9DGPX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 13, 2018 2:47PM Swansea vs Stoke teamsheets �� @arangelz leads the #Swans out in his final appearance for the club... ��#SWASTOpic.twitter.com/IzJEIpIACf— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 13, 2018 Lasse Sorensen's appearance this afternoon will make it five Academy graduates to have made their debuts for the first team this season.@ThibaudVerlinde ✅@harryjsouttar ✅@tom__edwardss ✅@TyeKaiCampbell ✅ Lasse Sorensen ✅#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/RMQkWxV2O2— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 �� Lasse Sorensen makes his Stoke City debut as the Potters make one change this afternoon. STARTING XI: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Sorensen, Allen, Badou; Shaqiri; Crouch, Diouf. SUBS: Haugaard; Ireland, Johnson, Adam, Cameron, Fletcher, Campbell.#SCFC ��⚪️ pic.twitter.com/EnL9nT7hON— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 13, 2018 2:43PM Burnley vs Bournemouth teamsheets TEAM NEWS: Here's your Clarets team for the final time this season. pic.twitter.com/a9OTfFiMcF— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2018 �� Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @BurnleyOfficial at Turf Moor... �� Mings starts �� Hyndman, Surman in midfield �� Begovic maintains record Live blog ➡️ https://t.co/kk8pN1WHZA#BURBOU | #afcb �� pic.twitter.com/BJomymzyhs— AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) May 13, 2018 2:39PM Birds of War Credit: ACTION PLUS Two massive seagulls have turned up to watch their side take on Liverpool today and have some beautiful sunshine to enjoy it in. Hopefully those around them are keeping an eye on their icecreams. In Aberdeen I've seen seagulls steal pies out of people's hands while they were about to bite them. It's always funny. 2:25PM Spurs vs Leicester team sheets #THFC: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Kane. #COYSpic.twitter.com/kaiKS3JrRU— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 Today’s starting XI: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Hughes, Choudhury, Barnes, Diabaté, Ndukwu. #TotLeipic.twitter.com/fwMU521GPO— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 13, 2018 2:13PM Southampton vs Man City team sheets If Fabian Delph is good enough to play in Guardiola’s Man City side (29 apps this season), he’s good enough for England’s World Cup squad. It’s that simple. pic.twitter.com/5Cwx0CYwfs— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 2:12PM *The walk of fourth place? Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are at Anfield getting ready for their warm-up. You could forgive them for being pre-occupied with the thought of a Champions League final but Klopp will be stressing the importance of putting on a show today. And with four striker, you get the idea that he wants to score a goal or two. Mane, Firmino, Salah and Solanke on the pitch might mean it's a 4-2-4 starting shape like Brazil in the 70s. If it works that'll be absolutely nuts. 2:06PM Man Utd vs Watford team sheets Here it is - our final starting XI of the 2017/18 @PremierLeague season! #MUFC#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PvLU3Ahnp8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018 Well... it's not what anyone probably expected but Mourinho likes to do things his way. Send-offs for Blind, Darmian and Romero? They do have a cup final to get ready for I suppose. �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd | Gomes (GK) (C); Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray. Subs | Bachmann (GK), Prödl, Mariappa, Chalobah, Lukebakio, Sinclair, Deeney.#MUNWATpic.twitter.com/PLxe5n8UjY— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 13, 2018 2:03PM Liverpool vs Brighton team sheets �� Here's the Reds team for our 1000th game in the @premierleague... pic.twitter.com/Rrjm4JrUqu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 13, 2018 �� Here's how Albion line up for the final @premierleague game of the season against @LFC at Anfield. #BHAFC ��⚪️ #LIVBHApic.twitter.com/CHH5WoWIXc— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2018 2:01PM Newcastle vs Chelsea team sheets TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @ChelseaFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 3pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/v9RZOkNuVN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 13, 2018 Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Barkley, Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Morata. #NEWCHEpic.twitter.com/WMXcsEQLBm— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 13, 2018 1:58PM Gazza's at Wembley �� Welcome back to Wembley, @Paul_Gascoigne8! �� #COYSpic.twitter.com/6oEdzMrcFV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2018 1:54PM Au revoir Anthony Martial? No Martial in the squad, after Mourinho said he would be playing. Cannot believe I will never see him in a United shirt again. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) May 13, 2018 That's a bit of interesting team news. Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to have been too fond of the striker and there will be plenty of big clubs interested in this development. Mourinho has also revealed that he will substitute Michael Carrick before the end of the game. Today is his last ever professional foo