The Reds have done it. The final hurdle has been overcome and the top four spot has been secured after an ultimately enjoyable afternoon at Anfield. Here are Jack Hallows player ratings from the 3-0 victory.
Simon Mignolet: 7 – Had very little to do throughout the 90 minutes but everything he did he did calmly and with an air of collectiveness. Deserves huge respect for how well he’s ended this season.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7 – Got up and down the right flank at will but it was another case of same old from the Englishman. Crossing wasn’t the best, had a shot that he should’ve done better with but shanked wide and defended solidly whenever he had to.
Jöel Matip: 7 – Wasn’t really tested throughout but whenever ‘Boro did venture forward down their left-hand side he shut it down with ease. Passing was fairly poor in the first half but he improved as the game went on.
Dejan Lovren: 7 – Gets an extra half mark for the clean sheet but the truth is, he still managed to put some hearts in mouths – not least with a bizarre clearance in the first half. Still, a clean sheet is a clean sheet and he kept his composure in the key moments to help the Reds towards their top four finish.
James Milner: 7 – Looked more assured in defence than he has done at times in recent weeks but in truth, he was hardly tested in that respect. Used the ball better going forward and thrived off being given some extra space.
Emre Can: 7.5 – Ran, adjusted his wonderful hair, crunched into tackles, passed the ball well and pointed at things. Another successful outing by the German.
Gini Wijnaldum: 8.5 – He just loves the big occasion doesn’t he?? The Dutchman scored an absolute cracker to give the Reds the lead just before half time and also grabbed another assist for Lallana’s goal. Picked the perfect moment to step up. Great stuff.
Adam Lallana: 8 – Had a quiet game in truth before scoring his first goal of 2017 and gets an extra half mark for the coolness of the finish. Ran his socks off and pressed hard. Nothing less than we expect from him.
Philippe Coutinho: 7.5 – What a free kick. The Brazilian finished the season having netted 13 goals – three from free kicks – and was once again influential in the Reds best moments going forward across the 90 minutes. Will be interesting to see whether he starts next season in this central position after two superb outings.
Roberto Firmino: 7 – Nice involvement in the first goal as he played the one-two with Wijnaldum and looked one of the more likely players to make things happen in the first half. Seemed to enjoy playing centrally with Sturridge as he was free to move all across the attacking third and ended up just toying with defenders by the time he was taken off.
Daniel Sturridge: 7 – Unlucky not to get a goal but his sheer presence was enough to get the Reds a breakthrough. His movement and reputation means defenders stick to him like glue and this freed up the space for Wijnaldum to drive into the box from deep and smash home. Will hope he’s done enough to convince Klopp he deserves to stay.
Lucas Leiva: 10 – Gets a 10 for being a fantastic servant to this club for 10 years and for winding back the clock by making a late burst into the box just minutes after coming on.
Divock Origi: N/A – Ran around a bit.
Alberto Moreno: N/A – Got in Calum Chambers face which was kinda funny.
Jürgen Klopp: 8 – Got it spot on as he chased the 3 points from the off. The diamond formation has served him well over the last two games and it was nice to see him continue to do his best to bring out the brutal, attacking football we saw in the Autumn. Has had a successful first full season in charge in my eyes.