Adam Lallana relishing beating Arsenal to top four


Arsenal’s 2-0 win over relegated Sunderland on Tuesday moved them within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool and gave the London side an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League if results go their way on the final day of the season.

Chelsea have run away with the title and will secure a record 30 wins this season, if they beat basement club Sunderland. Five points separate Southampton in eighth, which is worth £24.7 million in prize money, and Watford in 16th, worth £9.5 million.

Nearly every team in the league has nothing to play for now and Everton are no different. A draw, and they would be overtaken by an Arsenal win.

But if Man City are as good as safe, the same can not be said of Liverpool, who are only one point ahead of the Gunners heading into the final weekend.

To be fair, it would be quite amusing if we draw to ‘Boro and Everton get a point at Arsenal and secure our place in the Champions League, but remembering their performance against Manchester City in 2013/14, it’s just not going to happen!

The prize for winning the league is £38m, but even bottom club Sunderland will still be paid nearly £2m just for taking part.

It is because of this absence that Liverpool’s UEFA coefficient is weaker than almost a dozen teams who could potentially play in the Champions League playoffs. With Chelsea crowned champions and Tottenham secure in second place, two spots in next year’s Champions League remain on the line among four teams.

Looking for a fifth straight win, Arsenal have been here before, of course, with their European qualification fate coming down to the final day of the season a number of times.

When taking earnings from live TV appearances and equal shares of domestic and overseas TV income into account, prize money will be a relatively small part of a club’s overall revenue from this season. Klopp’s side also lost a League Cup final, while the FA Cup semi-final the year before ended in defeat by Aston Villa. The first sentence the boys said in the dressing room – and I didn’t have to say it – was “one more game”. The third and final relegation berth was decided on Sunday.

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The Premier League is headed for a mouth-watering finish with it’s final round of matches to be played on the coming Sunday.

“You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting”.

With the Premier League having just one fixture left to be played, we take a look at the clubs whose goalkeepers have kept the most clean sheets this season. If Liverpool loses by two and Arsenal draw to our Merseyside counterparts a 39th game would have to be played.

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