Liverpool eased their way to a 4-0 win over Brighton to finish in the top four on Sunday, as their domestic season ended in perfect fashion.
The Reds knew that a draw would be enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League, regardless of how Chelsea fared away to Newcastle United.
Jurgen Klopp made two changes to the team that lost at Stamford Bridge last weekend, with Jordan Henderson and Dominic Solanke coming in for Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner.
It was a sunny day on Merseyside and Anfield looked lovely pre-match.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring to register his 32nd Premier League goal of 2017/18 – a new record in a 38-game season.
Dejan Lovren then powered home an excellent header to score his first home league goal for the Reds, as Klopp’s men bossed the match.
In arguably the most pleasing moment of the afternoon, Dominic Solanke got his first-ever Liverpool goal, rifling home to finally break his duck.
Andy Robertson rounded off the scoring with his maiden Reds goal as well, and the Scot celebrated joyously afterwards.
After the final whistle, the players received a great ovation on their lap of honour, with Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold receiving their respective Golden Samba award – Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year – from the Kop end.
It was the perfect end to a strong league campaign for Liverpool – Chelsea lost 3-0 at St James’ Park – and attention now turns to the small matter of the Champions League final against Real Madrid in a little under a fortnight.