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Tottenham's win today means Liverpool might have to start next season in July

The Reds will likely be cheering on Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

 

LIVERPOOL QUALIFIED FOR the Europa League alongside Tottenham Hotspur, who won 1-0 at Everton courtesy of Harry Kane’s 21st goal of the league campaign and 31st in all competitions.

The Reds, however, may now have to start next season on 30 July, if Aston Villa win the FA Cup.

However, if Arsenal win the trophy, Brendan Rodgers’ men will gain entry to the Europa League group stages and seventh-place Southampton will take their place in the qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard found the net in his final game before leaving England for the United States, but he scored in a winning cause as Manchester City beat Southampton 2-0.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who is due to join New York City, converted a cross from James Milner in the first half at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero scoring his 26th goal of the campaign in the 88th minute.

Another departing Premier League stalwart, Didier Drogba, was carried off the pitch by his team-mates after injuring himself in the early stages of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at home to Sunderland.

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At that point, the champions trailed to a 26th-minute Steven Fletcher header, but after Diego Costa, Drogba’s replacement, equalised with a penalty, Loic Remy scored twice in the second half.

Arsenal rubber-stamped third place by demolishing West Bromwich Albion 4-1 as Theo Walcott staked a strong claimed for a cup final place with a first-half hat-trick.

The England forward, whose season has been disturbed by injuries, scored three times in 33 minutes, with Jack Wilshere also on target. Gareth McAuley replied for West Brom.

Villa will go into the cup final on the back of a defeat after a first-half Danny Ings header saw them beaten 1-0 at relegated Burnley.

Leicester City celebrated their stunning escape from relegation with a 5-1 romp at home to relegated Queens Park Rangers, who finished the season bottom of the table.

In the day’s other game, Crystal Palace beat Swansea City 1-0 courtesy of a 57th-minute goal by Marouane Chamakh.

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

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