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EPL: Battle for Top four spot

(Last Updated On: May 15, 2017)

 

by James,Michael Igiri & Victor Adewunmi

If things remain the same, Liverpool FC will be competing in the UEFA

Champions league next season.

Their hope of a return to Europe’s elite competition was especially strengthened

after Philippe Coutinho inspired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, a result that puts them

in third place, one point ahead of Manchester City and four points ahead of

Arsenal howbeit having played a game more.

Liverpool took the lead when Coutinho’s sublime pass was converted by Daniel

Sturridge early in the first half. An Andre Ayew’s miss late in the first half

allowed Liverpool take a 1-0 lead into the break. Coutinho stole the spotlight

again in the second half with a superb solo strike and a cool finish to put Jurgen

Klopp’s side three goals ahead before Divock Origi netted to cap the Reds’

swaggering display.

“At the end it was amazing but the start was not that good,” Klopp said.

“After that we controlled the game and took our chances. We scored some really

nice goals.”

Klopp’s men will be guaranteed a Champions League berth if they beat relegated

Middlesbrough at Anfield next Sunday.

While Liverpool keep dreaming of a return of the Champions league to Anfield,

Tottenham ended their 118-year stay at White Hart lane in celebratory fashion,

beating Mourinho’s Manchester United 2-1 thus ending the Macunians hope of a

return to the Champions league via a top 4 finish. Only a win against Ajax in the

Europa League final will guarantee Manchester United a return to Europe’s elite

competition.

With numerous Tottenham legends watching from the stands, Kenya midfielder

Victor Wanyama put the hosts ahead in the sixth minute before Harry Kane

doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 48th minute with his 28th goal of the season.

Wayne Rooney got a consolatory goal for Manchester United with a close-range

finish in the 71st minute, a goal that will go down as the last goal at the Lane.

“It was a perfect performance and I am happy for the victory for our fans. It was

a fantastic victory which the fans deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio

Pochettino said.

Jose Mourinho on the other hand was not entirely concerned with the result.

With the Europa League final against Ajax looming, he was relieved to avoid any

more fitness problems.

“I’m happy. We got no injuries. At the moment, the Premier League matches are

the ones we don’t want to play,” he said.

At the bottom of the Premier League, emotions were high as Hull City returned

to the Championship just 12 months after their promotion to the Premier league.

Going into the game, Hull knew that only a victory would give them a realistic

chance of staying up, but goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka

Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt consigned them to the drop.

Marco Silva, who despite improved performances following his January

appointment was unable to save them, claims that they paid the price for a

chaotic campaign marred by poor signings and boardroom turmoil.

“You need to prepare better. The most important thing is for the club to

understand what they did in a bad way.”

While Chelsea’s 1-0 win at the Hawthorns confirmed them Premier League

champions for the second time in three years, the Blues attention will now turn

to the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on May 27th.

With Antonio Conte seeking to win a double in his first season in charge at

Stamford Bridge, his attention will be focused on the team’s preparations for the

showdown despite attempts to be lured away by Inter-Milan.