Middlesbrough will travel to Anfield to play against Liverpool their final match in this Premier League season. On Sunday 21st both teams will be clashing with two opposite realities on their behalf. While Liverpool have yet to decide if they’ll play the next season in the Champions League, Middlesbrough will play only for the historical records, with the relegation already confirmed.
With all the team fit and available, we will see most likely see the traditional line-up from previous matches. However, due to the current situation, one should ask if this is not the time to test the players who will be staying next season. If the defence was the best part of the team, there’s only room for improvement in the Championship.
However, the next manager, no matter who he is, will have to reinvent the offensive line, with most of the players probably not staying for next season. Players like Negredo, Guzan, Traoré and Fischer could be playing their last match for Boro. Middlesbrough will need a fresh start in the Championship if they want to Keeps tabs on Premier League news. That is the plan, as Gibson said in a recent interview: “We should have more resources going into next season than any other Championship club. We want to go up as champions. We have a core of players we feel are more than capable. We just need to add more flair and more pace.”
Liverpool, on the other hand have a lot of stakes invested in this game. If they win, they’ll secure a spot for the Champions League. If they don’t, however, the match between Arsenal and Everton will decide who will play it. There’s even an extreme case: A play-off to decide the UCL spot could be held between both teams if the Boro wins by 2-0 and the Gunners gets a 1-1 draw. Therefore, one should expect then that Liverpool will present the same lineup that featured in the great win by 4-0 against West Ham last week, with Origi and Sturridge in the front, and Adam Lallana as the playmaker.