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Reds qualify for CL on final day

london: Mohamed Salah finished the season as the Premier League's top scorer after setting Liverpool on its way to a 4-0 win over Brighton on Sunday that secured his team the final Champions League qualification place.
With his 26th-minute goal at Anfield, Salah moved onto 32 goals for the season — a record for a 38-game Premier League — and ensured Harry Kane would not be claiming the Golden Boot for a third straight year.
Dejan Lovren added a second before Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson scored their first goals for Liverpool to complete a routine victory in the team's last match before playing the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.
Liverpool ended up in fourth place for the second straight season.
Salah was given a standing ovation from Liverpool fans, and even some Brighton supporters, after coming off as a late substitution in his last Anfield appearance this season. He has 44 goals in 51 games in his first season at Liverpool.
The Egyptian lifted the Golden Boot, given to the league's top scorer, after the game. Kane finished the season on 30 goals.
In Southampton, Manchester City left it late to seal a 100-point Premier League season but Gabriel Jesus was the champions' final day hero as he snatched a 1-0 win deep into stoppage time at Southampton.
City have set competition records for wins, goals scored and points acquired during their march to glory in 2017-18, although little of their usual panache was in evidence during a listless opening half at St Mary's.
The unlikely 10-goal swing required to put Saints in danger of relegation never looked to be on the cards and Mark Hughes' well-manned defence coped assuredly with mounting City pressure after the break.
That was until Kevin De Bruyne's exquisite lofted pass – a 16th league assist of the campaign for the Belgium playmaker - sent substitute Jesus clear to loft a cool finish over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt came closest to opening the scoring before the break when he hit the crossbar in the eighth minute, while Dusan Tadic almost settled the match in the hosts' favour before Brazil striker Jesus signed off ahead of the World Cup with a thrilling last-gasp salvo.
In Manchester, Michael Carrick bade farewell to Old Trafford by helping set up the goal that delivered a 1-0 win for Manchester United over Watford.
The veteran midfielder, who is retiring this summer, captained United as they wrapped up their Premier League campaign.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal after 34 minutes, tapping in after Carrick's superb long pass had played Juan Mata in behind the Hornets defence.
At Wembley, Spurs are returning to their rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium next season after playing this term at the national stadium and braces from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela and a Christian Fuchs own goal gave them the win that sealed third place.
Kane's two goals took his tally to 30 for the season and it was an encouraging performance ahead of this summer's World Cup, but he ultimately fell two goals short in his pursuit of a third successive Golden Boot.
Leicester were great value and played their part, having led 3-1, with two goals for Jamie Vardy and one apiece from Riyad Mahrez and Kelechi Iheanacho.
In Newcastle, All the focus was on whether Kane could catch leading scorer Mohamed Salah, but it was his England team-mate Vardy who got in on the action first.
In what is expected to be Antonio Conte's last League game in charge, the Blues surrendered without putting up much resistance.
After dropping two points at home to Huddersfield Town, Chelsea needed an extraordinary turn of events to beat Liverpool to a place in next season's Champions League.
It required Brighton to defeat Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield and Chelsea to pick up all three points in the north east.
A victory for Chelsea, let alone one for Brighton, appeared unlikely from the outset though as Newcastle were better in every department.
Chelsea's team-sheet was always going to give an indication over how serious Conte was taking the club's chances of a miracle.
With the FA Cup Final against Manchester United six days away, the Italian could have decided to rest some of his key men.

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