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Liverpool to make long awaited return to the Champions League at Arsenal's expense

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Liverpool managed to qualify for the 2017-2018 Champions League play-off by defeating Middlesbrough 3-0 Sunday and grabbing fourth place in the English Premier League (EPL) football championship.

Although Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1, they ended up finishing fifth this season and will as a result miss the next edition of the Champions League.

Chelsea claimed the EPL title this season and are looking forward to winning the double, when they face a wounded and depleted Arsenal side in the FA Cup final on May 27.

Tottenham Hotspurs finished second, followed by Manchester City and Liverpool.

Liverpool ended the season one point ahead of fifth-place Arsenal, thanks to their home victory over relegated Middlesbrough.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring for Liverpool in first-half stoppage time. Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho scored the second goal just six minutes into the second half, while Adam Lallana sealed the victory five minutes later.

Liverpool did enjoy some luck in the first half though, fortunate not to concede a penalty and be reduced to 10-men when Dejan Lovren brought down Patrick Bamford in the box early in the game.