Everton boss Ronald Koeman confident of kicking on next season

Asked what Everton need to do to step things up given the way 2016-17 has gone, Koeman said: "We had a really strong home record, but I think we need to improve away, and we need to be more clinical, more productive".

Arsene Wenger's side are outsiders in the race to finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

A joyous Jurgen Klopp revels at securing UCL football for Liverpool and finishing above rivals Man United and Arsenal.

"It should not sound negative but if Champions League is the only reason why a player is coming it makes no sense for him or for us because one year of not qualifying and the player decides he wants another Champions League club", Klopp said in his Friday press conference to the Echo. The Gunners beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday but needed Liverpool to fail to beat Middlesbrough.

And Manchester City, who Arsenal could have overtaken on goal difference, won 5-0 at Watford. On his day, the Brazilian can be devastating and possesses the technical abilty to win matches on his own.

"If City and Liverpool do the job, Arsenal will finish (in a place) for the Europa League, and that is not good enough for them - everybody knows that", he said.

"We were playing in a hostile environment", he said.

"Plan A player says, 'Aaah, sounds all good but.', Player B you are not sure and Player C you have to decide when Player A and Player B are not there".

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan had by far the most touches of any Middlesbrough player but majority ended with him launching the ball upfield as the visitors conceded 74 per cent possession in the first half.

Even prior to Klopp joining Liverpool there were always comparisons drawn between our two clubs. "I've turned down every club in the world to stay here". Liverpool are huge favourites to win this weekend and Middlesbrough will need their defence to be at it's resolute best if they are to get anything out of the game. The three players mentioned above would definitely be worth watching out for, particularly Sturridge at the moment as his future hangs in the balance, so he's got a point to prove and was great last Sunday.

  • Julie Sanders


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