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Liverpool seal Champions League place with victory over Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's George Friend in action with Liverpool's Emre Can

For once, Jürgen Klopp appeared not to mind the Kop revelling in victory long before the final whistle. There were nerves and there were difficulties against Middlesbrough but ultimately there were also three valuable points as Liverpool sealed a top-four finish and a ticket to the Champions League at Anfield. Klopp basked in a fitting reward from his first full season as Liverpool manager.

Steve Gibson’s bad call cost Boro – he must get the next one right

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson in the stands

Steve Gibson is frequently, and usually quite rightly, presented as exhibit A when it comes to listing the properties required to run a football club properly. There are valid, enduring reasons why Middlesbrough’s owner and chairman is regarded as a role model in his field but this season even Gibson’s feet turned to clay.

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Middlesbrough's George Friend in action with Liverpool's Emre Can

Liverpool seal Champions League place with victory over Middlesbrough

For once, Jürgen Klopp appeared not to mind the Kop revelling in victory long before the final whistle. There were nerves and there were difficulties against Middlesbrough but ultimately there were also three valuable points as Liverpool sealed a top-four finish and a ticket to the Champions League at Anfield. Klopp basked in a fitting reward from his first full season as Liverpool manager.