Liverpool secured a Champions League return with a 3-0 final-day win over already relegated Middlesbrough to claim fourth place in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will regain a seat at Europe’s top table – albeit initially in the qualifying play-off round – after sitting out the competition this season, Sunday’s ultimately convincing triumph ensuring Arsenal’s result against Everton proved immaterial in the race for a top-four spot.
The Reds’ only two home league losses this term came against lowly Swansea City and Crystal Palace, but despite Boro frustrating them for most of the first half, the north-east side succumbed to Georginio Wijnaldum’s thunderbolt on the brink of half-time.
Philippe Coutinho curled home a superb set-piece strike early in the second half to give Liverpool breathing space that was increased by Adam Lallana against a visiting side who are now winless in 22 top-flight trips to Anfield.
With an instant return to the Championship already assured, Steve Agnew’s men offered little in response to Liverpool’s onslaught as their dismal campaign concluded with a league-low five wins to their name.