Liverpool are set to take on Middlesbrough at home on the final day of 2016-17 premier league season in what will be the most important game of club’s season. Liverpool must win this game to retain their top four spot in the league as anything but a win will allow Arsenal to overtake Liveprool with a win of their own against Everton. There is a lot at stake on the final day when it comes to Champions League places but Liverpool will fancy their chances of three points against already relegated Middlesbrough side.
Liverpool 1-0 Middlesbrough Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
45′ 1 – 0 Georginio Wijnaldum scores late into first half injury time to put Liverpool 1-0 in lead and get them back on fourth place.
Liverpool has hit the headlines for wrong reason’s in last couple of premier league weekends. First a surprise defeat against AFC Bournemouth followed by a 2-2 draw at home against struggling West Ham see them drop five crucial points in the title race. Klopp’s men now sit 6 points behind league leaders Chelsea and another game without win will put quite a daylight between them and other top two teams.
Going into the Wednesday night’s crucial game Klopp had a good news about Philipe Coutinho who is right on the money as far as his recovery is concerned and should be available in couple of weeks. However Dejan Lovren might miss the middlesbrough game. Daniel Sturridge is also back into contention for premier league start but we can expect Klopp to keep his front trio unchanged from last game. Emre Can is another name missing from West Ham clash on the weekend and should be available for Wednesday night.
Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool – 14 December 2016
[ Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Adam Lallana scores at the half hour mark in first half to put Liverpool in lead after they started in absolute superb fashion.
60′ 0 – 2 Divock Origi made it 2-0 after the break and continue his superb goal scoring run for Liverpool.
68′ 0 – 3 Adam Lallana secured all three points with his second of the night in 68th minute.
This is how I expect both these teams to lineup on Wednesday night.
Middlesbrough on the other hand are likely to start with Negredo upfront and a packed 5-man midfield with De Roon, Ramirez, Traore, Forshaw and Clayton. Middlesrbough side just three points away from relegation zone and their next two home fixtures are against Liverpool and Chelsea where any positive result is a bonus.
Match Predictions: Jurgen Klopp came out fighting for his keeper Karius in the press conference ahead of Wednesday kickoff and things are getting heated between Liverpool camp and the SkySports pundits Nevill and Carragher. This whole scenario will put Karius under real pressure from now on as he will be under the microscope any more errors might wrap up his Liverpool tenure for a while. However Liverpool are playing some good football and if they can keep themselves compact at the back they should be able to get all three points here.