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THIRD PLACE: Liverpool finish inside the top four after Mane brace

 

A Sadio Mane brace against Crystal Palace ensured Champions League football for Liverpool next season as they finished third in the league.

The Reds were fourth leading into the day and needed three points to qualify for European football's elite competition next year.

Chelsea and Leicester City were the other teams battling for the top four but it was Jürgen Klopp's side who snook their way into contention.

Liverpool were 10 points off Leicester not long ago after a poor run of defeats at home seen them slip away from retaining the title.

Their resilience to eventually bounce back and qualify for the Champions League marked a return of the mentality monsters.

 

Mane brace sends Liverpool into third

 

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock from a corner before half-time.

Roberto Firmino glanced the ball in his direction and Mane slid in at the back post to put Liverpool into third place with Chelsea losing.

They wouldn't lose that position from that point on with both of their rivals for the top four suffering defeat.

He'd double his tally and his teams in the second half when Mohamed Salah and the departing Gini Wijnaldum found him on the left.

Taking a minute to compose himself, Mane blasted the ball towards goal which deflected in at the near post.

Rhys Williams had a chance to score earlier on in the first half but missed a golden opportunity.

He was unmarked six yards out from goal when the corner was whipped in towards him.

However, he skied his header over the bar and missed the chance to break the deadlock.

The 10,000 fans inside Anfield were there to witness their team return to the Champions League once more.

It's impact on the Reds transfer business will be interesting to see. Which new players will arrive as the new season approaches?


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