After a turbulent season, Liverpool’s route to final-day Champions League qualification was less of a roller-coaster experience than we might have feared.
Knowing a win would be enough to seal their place in Europe’s elite competition, and with the Anfield crowd back, the Reds survived a nervy first 10 minutes before starting to assert control.
Andros Townsend should have opened the scoring for Roy Hodgson’s visiting Crystal Palace side, but Rhys Williams also soon headed over for the hosts, with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
Williams had a hand in the opener though, Sadio Mané bundling home from a corner. And the Senegalese doubled the scoreline deep into the second half to end the season on a high.
Especial shout-outs to Gini Wijnaldum – if that was his last game in a Liverpool shirt – and to anyone else that may apply to.
And thankfully we don’t have to put Thiago Alcântara through the Europa League next season.
Here are your ratings:
Ali 7 – An early save from Zaha was vital.
Trent 7 – Crucial to build-up but end product was maybe less scintillating than it has been of late.
Natty P 6.5 – Looked a little static when Townsend raced through, but very comfortable on-ball.
Rhys 6.5 – Won every attacking header in the Palace box, contributing to the opener having already missed a gilt-edged chance. Some nice turns to escape pressure when playing out from the back.Embed from Getty Images
Robbo 7 – Looked more alive than he has done in recent months- influence of the crowd?
ThiaGOAT 7.5 – The Anfield faithful were treated to a spectacle with their first viewing of the Spaniard in Liverpool red.
Fab 6.5 – Misplaced a couple of early passes but helped pin Palace in their own half after the break.
Gini 7 – Sprang back into form for what looked to be an Anfield farewell.
Mo 7.5 – Wasted some good opportunities but the Egyptian’s threat and energy were exactly what you would want.
Bobby 7.5 – Link-up impressed, especially in the second-half.
Sadio 8 – It was evident from 10 minutes in that Mané looked more confident today and the Senegalese reacted well to set Liverpool on their way. Influence faded a little as the game dragged on, but he bagged his second nonetheless. Man of the match.Embed from Getty Images
Milly 6 – Seemed a little leggy, notably when he picked up his trademark yellow.
Diogo N/A – Quick cameo.
Ox N/A – An equally quick cameo.
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