Liverpool’s crucial win ahead of Sydney game

Liverpool will arrive in Sydney on Tuesday in celebration mode after a crucial win at Anfield overnight that confirmed fourth spot in the English Premier League and a place back in Europe's elite next season.

The Reds dispatched already relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 overnight to claim fourth place in the league and a place in the UEFA Champions League – albeit initially in the qualifying play-off round.

Despite Boro frustrating them for most of the first half, the visitors succumbed to Georginio Wijnaldum's thunderbolt on the brink of half-time.

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Philippe Coutinho curled home a superb set-piece strike early in the second half to give Liverpool breathing space that was increased by playmaker Adam Lallana.

Jurgen Klopp's team finished the season on 76 points, one more than Arsenal, who defeated Everton on the final day to finish in fifth. 

The Reds enjoyed a lap of honour in front of their adoring fans before heading to the airport with the team due to arrive in Sydney on Tuesday. 

The team will face the recently crowned Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC in a friendly on Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium, with a huge crowd expected at the 82,000 seat venue.