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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and his team-mates lifted the trophy on a custom-built stage on the Kop but with no fans in attendance.

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Jamie Vardy, who won the Golden Boot with 23 goals, hit the woodwork for the hosts at 0-0 but ultimately their season fizzled out after taking just two points from the last 21 available.
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The extended 2019/20 English Premier League season concluded today with Champions Liverpool finishing with the second-highest points total in top-flight history (99) after surviving an early scare in a come from behind win over Newcastle on the final day of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds accumulated 99 points, one better than their 1978-79 total - adjusted to three points for a win - and 18 above runners-up Manchester City. They also matched the top-flight record for wins in a season (level with City's 32 in 2017-18 and 2018-19) but fell just short of City's biggest winning margin of 19 points in 2017-18.

 Jurgen Klopp and Adam Lallana hold the trophy that has eluded the club for 30 years during the wild celebrations at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp and Adam Lallana hold the trophy that has eluded the club for 30 years during the wild celebrations at Anfield

Dethroned Champions, Man City, routed an already-ready relegated Norwich City side, with Kevin de Bruyne stealing the show and City legend David Silva putting in his Final Premier League appearance. Silva, who has won four league titles during a glittering 10-year spell at City, was desperate to mark the occasion with a goal, but his best effort was kept out by Tim Krul's flying save.

Manchester United completed their turn-around season with a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium that saw them secure a Champions League spot at the expense of the latter, Chelsea sealed a fourth place finish and a Champions League spot in a season that was oft marked by brilliance and some major disappointments, and Tottenham secured their place in next season's Europa League with a hard-fought draw at Crystal Palace.

One-time stragglers, Southampton, overturned a half-time deficit for only the second time this season to end their campaign with victory over Sheffield United and an eleventh spot finish, Brighton recorded their highest Premier League points total as they completed their campaign with an impressive win at Burnley, and hitherto relegation-weary Aston Villa secured a heady stay in the Premiership on the final day of the day of the season with a one-all tie at West Ham.

There was nothing to jubilate over for Watford as they secured their exit from top-flight soccer in a 2-3 loss at Arsenal that saw them fall short of survival by a full point, and the story was much the same for Bournemouth, who saw their five-year stay in the Premiership crash to a screeching halt despite beating Everton 1-3 at Goodison Park.

English Premier League 2019/20 standings

English Premier League 2019/20 seas standings

Arsenal 3-2 Watford

A valiant Watford fightback was not enough to save them from relegation to the Sky Bet Championship as Arsenal clung on to secure a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal 3-2 Watford

Watford went into the final day knowing they needed to better Aston Villa's result at West Ham to have a realistic chance of survival, but they fell behind to an early penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who then scored his second goal after Kieran Tierney had doubled Arsenal's lead.

Hayden Mullins' side looked dead and buried at 3-0 down but they deservedly pulled a goal back courtesy of Troy Deeney's penalty shortly before the break, then reduced the deficit to one goal when former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck slotted home from Ismaila Sarr's cross (66).

Watford dominated the closing stages, forcing Emiliano Martinez into a number of saves and spurning several chances, but with Villa drawing with West Ham at the London Stadium, they were unable to find the two goals they needed to stay up.

Burnley 1-2 Brighton

Brighton produced a solid 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday to set a new club-record points haul in the Premier League.

Burnley 1-2 Brighton

The game started with a sluggish tempo and disjointed possession as Burnley looked to maintain their solid defensive line and help goalkeeper Nick Pope record his 16th clean sheet of the campaign to claim the Golden Glove.

But that game plan was ripped up with 20 minutes on the clock when Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma made amends for a poor touch by reclaiming possession and firing his side into the lead with power and precision from range.

The Seagulls maintained a superior share of the ball but were punished five minutes before the break after left-back Eric Pieters clipped a delicious long pass over Lewis Dunk for Chris Wood to take one touch and level the scores.

Brighton burst from the blocks in the second half and Neal Maupay threaded a ball for the energetic Aaron Connolly, who beat Kevin Long in the race and found the perfect angle past Pope to secure the win, a 15th-place finish, and a club-record season total of 41 points.

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves

Chelsea secured the result they needed in beating Wolves 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to finish fourth in the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves

Two goals in first-half stoppage time by Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud took the game away from Wolves, who will have to wait to find out whether their seventh-place finish will be enough for Europa League football next season.

That will depend on Chelsea beating Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday and Frank Lampard's side will certainly go to Wembley with confidence after this win.

The Chelsea boss made the bold decision to axe Kepa Arrizabalaga for Willy Caballero and it paid off with the veteran goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

Tottenham guaranteed Europa League football for next season by finishing sixth in the Premier League despite a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on the final day of the season.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

Starting the day one point behind Wolves, Spurs made the perfect start when they went ahead in the 13th minute through Harry Kane's low strike.

However, Palace levelled just after the break when Jeffrey Schlupp fired home from a corner to seal Roy Hodgson's side a share of the spoils at Selhurst Park.

The point, coupled with Wolves' 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, means Jose Mourinho's side finish the season level on points with Wolves but a better goal difference secures a place in the Europa League second round of qualifying next season. That could still be upgraded to a group stage place if Chelsea beat Arsenal to win the FA Cup next Saturday.

Everton 1-3 Bournemouth

Bournemouth's five-year stay in the Premier League is over despite a valiant effort on the final day as their 3-1 victory at Everton was not enough to avoid relegation.

Everton 1-3 Bournemouth

Joshua King's penalty put the Cherries ahead (13) before Moise Kean levelled for Everton with a simple tap-in four minutes before the interval.

Dominic Solanke restored Bournemouth's lead with a fine header in first-half stoppage time before substitute Junior Stanislas extended the visitors' lead with 10 minutes remaining.

But Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with West Ham ensured there would be no dramatic escape for the south coast club, who return to the Championship.

Bournemouth finish 18th, with one point fewer than Villa, while Everton finish in 12th, the club's worst league finish since 2004.

Leicester 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United confirmed their place in the top four with a 2-0 win at Leicester City, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finish third in the Premier League.

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United

In a final-day shootout with Brendan Rodgers' side at the King Power Stadium, where the winners would guarantee Champions League football next season, nerves were on show until Bruno Fernandes settled the visitors down from the penalty spot (71) after Anthony Martial was taken down by Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan.

The penalty was United's 20th of the season and their 14th in the Premier League - a new record.

Evans was shown a red card in injury-time for a dangerous tackle on Scott McTominay before Jesse Lingard broke his duck for the season (90+6) with the final kick of the game, taking advantage of a terrible error from Kasper Schmeichel.

Jamie Vardy, who won the Golden Boot with 23 goals, hit the woodwork for the hosts at 0-0 but ultimately their season fizzled out after taking just two points from the last 21 available.

Leicester had been in the top four for 298 days until dropping to fifth in midweek as a sharp decline in form since the resumption put paid to their Champions League dream. It is the Europa League for them.

Manchester City 5-0 Norwich

David Silva captained Manchester City to a 5-0 final-day thrashing of relegated Norwich on his final Premier League appearance for the club.

Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City

First-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne set Manchester City on course to victory, but things could have been different had Onel Hernandez's opener not been ruled out by VAR before Teemu Pukki spurned the Canaries' best chance.

Manchester City were dominant throughout though and completed an emphatic victory in the second half as Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez found the net, before De Bruyne capped another influential performance with a stunning second.

The victory saw De Bruyne register a record-equalling 20th Premier League assist, Manchester City smash through the 100-goal mark and goalkeeper Ederson secure the Golden Glove with a 16th clean sheet as Pep Guardiola's side geared up for next month's bid for Champions League glory.

For Norwich it was a dismal end to a dismal campaign that saw them finish the season rock bottom of the Premier League and relegated to the Championship for a record fifth time.

Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool signed off their Premier League title-winning season with a 3-1 victory at Newcastle, coming from behind after Dwight Gayle's goal inside 26 seconds.

 James Milner, Liverpool's vice-captain, lifts the trophy aloft as confetti rains down on the players and the coaching staff

Steve Bruce's side had just three shots during the game but one of them came almost immediately after kick off as Gayle (1) swept the ball home around the oncoming Alisson. There was a lengthy VAR check for offside, but it was soon confirmed that the goal would stand.

Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool had the better chances for the remainder of the game and Virgil van Dijk (38) nodded them level before a superb Divock Origi (59) finish put the visitors ahead. Substitute Sadio Mane (89) rounded things off late on with his 18th Premier League goal of the season.

The champions end the season with 99 points - one shy of Manchester City's record points tally from the 2017/18 season - and 18 ahead of Pep Guardiola's side in second. For Newcastle, they finish in the comfort of 13th place on 44 points, although were winless in their final six games of the season.

Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United

A Danny Ings penalty was not enough to earn him the Golden Boot as Southampton signed off with a 3-1 comeback win over Sheffield United.

Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United

The Blades' superb first-half performance earned them a richly-deserved half-time lead through John Lundstram's smart finish when Southampton failed to defend Billy Sharp's cross (26).

But the Saints' second-half turnaround began within five minutes of the restart, with Che Adams firing in at Dean Henderson's near post after a loose pass from Sander Berge, before completing the turnaround with his second goal 19 minutes from time, stabbing home a loose ball.

Ings needed to score at least twice to give himself any hope of the Golden Boot, and with six minutes to go he picked himself up after Oliver Norwood caught him inside the box to beat Henderson with an excellent penalty - his first of the entire campaign.

West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa avoided Premier League relegation by just a single point after their 1-1 draw with West Ham.

West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa

It seemed an impossibility just a fortnight ago, but Dean Smith's side stayed up after Watford lost 3-2 at Arsenal, while Bournemouth are down despite their 3-1 win at Bournemouth.

West Ham had the best chance of a tetchy first half as Michail Antonio snatched an effort inches wide when one-on-one with Pepe Reina, before Jack Grealish put Villa ahead with six minutes remaining with a left-footed strike.

Andriy Yarmolenko levelled just 100 seconds later as his long-range shot deflected off Grealish and looped over Reina, but Villa managed the final stages well and held on to survive after earning eight points from their final four games.

EPL Week 38 Scores At A Glance

Arsenal 3-2 Watford

Burnley 1-2 Brighton

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves

Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

Everton 1-3 Bournemouth

Leicester 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester City 5-0 Norwich

Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool

Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United

West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa

 

Game day reports from BBC, Skysports, and NBC were used in this compilation.

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