Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game season to guarantee Liverpool’s place back in the Champions League next season by beating Brighton 4-0 at Anfield, yesterday
Victory for Liverpool meant it didn’t matter what fifth-placed Chelsea did at Newcastle, but they failed to put any sort of pressure on the Champions League finalists by succumbing limply to a 3-0 defeat at St. James’s Park.
At the other end of the table, Swansea’s seven-season stay in the Premier League came to an end as they joined West Brom and Stoke City in being relegated to the Championship.
Needing to beat Stoke, Southampton to lose to Manchester City and a 10-goal swing in goal difference in their favour, Swansea failed to even sign off with a win as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Stoke.
Liverpool are aiming for a sixth European Cup when they face they might of Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men know even if they fall short in Kiev, they will be back in the Champions League next season as they blew Brighton away.
Salah eased any nerves by swivelling to strike his first goal in four games on 26 minutes to take his tally in all competitions this season to 44.
Dejan Lovren made the game safe with a towering header just before halftime and Salah then turned provider for Dominic Solanke to slam home his first Liverpool goal.
Liverpool were allowed to rest easy with Salah and Sadio Mane withdrawn before Andy Robertson added a fourth.
Chelsea gave themselves no chance of usurping Liverpool into fourth as they slumped to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season in the north-east.
Dwight Gayle and two goals for Ayoze Perez piled ever more pressure on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just six days ahead of what could be the Italian’s final game in charge in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.
Champions Manchester City have broken the Premier League record for wins, points and goals this season and set another landmark by becoming the first side in English top flight history to reach 100 points as Gabriel Jesus struck a dramatic late winner to beat Southampton 1-0.
That also meant City set record Premier League margin of victory of 19 points from Manchester United, who won 1-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.
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