KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 22, 2017
Brad Guzan's final game in the Premier League ended on a sour note while Geoff Cameron assisted on the lone goal for Stoke City in their win over the weekend.
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough could do nothing to help Arsenal claim the fourth and final Champions League spot as Liverpool went on to a comfortable win at Anfield.
Guzan started in goal for Boro in his final game in England as he gets set to return stateside to play for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.
The visitors kept the game scoreless for some time as Arsenal had a 2-0 lead over Everton at the Emirates Stadium. But the Reds would finally breakthrough before halftime when Georginio Wijnaldum ran on to a pass from teammate Roberto Firmino and fired past Guzan.
Philippe Coutinho doubled Liverpool's lead in the 51st minute with a slick free kick that Guzan could on flail at.
The host wrapped up the game in the five minutes later when Adam Lallana took a pass from Wijnaldum and buried his shot in the back of the net.
Middlesbrough finishes the season in 19th place with 28 points.
Southampton 0-1 Stoke City
A Peter Crouch goal ensured that Stoke would end their season on a positive note as they beat Southampton at
St. Mary's Stadium.
Cameron started for the Potters and played the entire game.
With both teams having nothing to play for, the game just seemed rather mundane as both look to the summer transfer window to make improvements and make a better challenge next season.
Stoke scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute when Cameron took the ball on the right side and sent in a cross that Crouch got his head on and beat Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The Potters finish the season in 13th place with 44 points.
Lynden Gooch came off the bench for relegated Sunderland in their 5-1 hammering by new Premier League champions Chelsea.