Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC are likely to miss the Champions League for the first time in seven years. The Reds were held 1-1 (0-1) in the Premier League after seven wins in a row against Aston Villa and have only a minimal chance of edging out Manchester United or Newcastle United.
One point from the last two games is enough for both of them to book the ticket for the premier class on their own. The late goal by former Hoffenheimer Roberto Firmino (89th), who left Anfield at the end of the season after eight years, was not enough for the LFC. Jacob Ramsey (27) put the visitors ahead and Ollie Watkins awarded Villa a penalty in the 22nd minute.
Record champions Manchester United, on the other hand, won 1-0 (1-0) at AFC Bournemouth through an early goal by Brazilian Casemiro (9th) and, like Newcastle, can probably plan for the Champions League.
The premier class qualification of Manchester City and Arsenal FC has been certain for some time. Champions League finalists City can even become English champions for the ninth time “on the couch” on Saturday evening. The prerequisite is an Arsenal defeat at the relegation-threatened former European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest (6.30 p.m. / Sky).
Tottenham Hotspur fans may have to do without European football in the coming season. The team led by England’s record goalscorer Harry Kane conceded a 1: 3 (1: 0) against FC Brentford and slipped down to eighth place.
In the bottom of the table, Everton missed the chance to save themselves early on Sunday when the pursuers Leeds United and Leicester City were defeated by a 1-1 (0-1) win at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Due to the draw, however, the Toffees can even slip into a relegation zone during the course of the day.