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Liverpool fans celebrate after the team qualified for the Champions League final by defeating Roma on aggregate in the semi-final last week.Julian Finney/Getty Images

All that is left to decide on the final day of the Premier League is whether Liverpool or Chelsea takes the final Champions League place.

And it is advantage Liverpool – by two points and a vastly superior goal difference.

Juergen Klopp has friend David Wagner to thank for Liverpool only requiring a draw against Brighton to hold on to a top-four finish on Sunday when Chelsea is at Newcastle.

Wagner’s Huddersfield held dethroned champion Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, ensuring the northern English team will have a second-ever season in the Premier League.

“This is the least you can do as a friend,” Wagner said of Klopp, “to do him a favour.”

Since Brighton and Newcastle were already safe, all three promoted teams this season have avoided the drop.

Newcastle’s 1-0 loss at Tottenham allowed the north London club to complete its season at its temporary Wembley home by securing a place in the top four.

Harry Kane’s winner guaranteed Tottenham will open its new stadium in the Champions League for a third consecutive season.

The three teams going down are Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and, almost certainly, Swansea. Although the South Wales club can still catch Southampton on points on the final day, its goal difference is inferior by nine.

Sunday will be the final time Arsène Wenger manages Arsenal after 22 years. The Frenchman’s penultimate game ended in a 3-1 loss at Leicester on Wednesday.

It left Arsenal as the only side in English League soccer to fail to win a single away point in 2018, having lost all seven road games before Wenger’s farewell after 22 years with the club at Huddersfield on Sunday.

On a miserable night for Chelsea, three of its Premier League records were broken by Manchester City after the title-winners beat Brighton 3-1.

City moved onto 97 points, two more than Chelsea’s final total from the 2004-05 season, and 105 goals, two more than Chelsea’s previous record haul from the 2009-10 season.

Pep Guardiola’s team also now has 31 wins, surpassing the previous record of 30 set by Chelsea last season.

Juventus routs AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the fourth year in a row with a crushing 4-0 victory over AC Milan who suffered a second-half meltdown in the final on Wednesday. Central defender Medhi Benatia struck twice for Juventus and Douglas Costa was also on target on an unhappy evening for Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma who was at fault for the second and third goals. An own goal by substitute Nikola Kalinic completed a calamitous defensive display by Milan that was likely to have left coach Gennaro Gattuso seething.

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