Liverpool’s top-four hopes suffer due to crucial point for Everton.

In his final home game for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino netted a late equalizer against Aston Villa to salvage a 1-1 draw for his team, which just about preserved their chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool had won seven straight games to make a late push for Champions League qualifying, but a loss to Villa would have ensured that Manchester United and Newcastle United would finish first and second, respectively.

Liverpool’s chances of making the Champions League cutoff look slim, but their Merseyside neighbors Everton, who have played in the top division for 69 years, are still in it for the long haul after Yerry Mina’s equalizer in the ninth minute of stoppage time gave them a point at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Everton was on the verge of a devastating loss after falling down to a Hwang Hee-chan goal at Molineux, but Mina’s goal gave them two extra points with one game left to play.

If Leeds United and Leicester City win their upcoming games, they will both move above Everton, but regardless of what happens, the relegation fight will come down to next Sunday’s regular-season finale.

To prevent Manchester City from being declared champions before their home game against Chelsea on Sunday, Arsenal must win against Nottingham Forest in the day’s last match.

With a victory, Forest would be safe.

Five minutes after they had wasted the opportunity to open the scoring when Ollie Watkins missed a penalty, Villa took the lead at Anfield thanks to Jacob Ramsey’s headed goal in the 27th minute.

Manchester United’s victory against Bournemouth appeared to have ended Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four, but Brazilian Firmino, bidding farewell to Anfield after eight illustrious seasons, scored an equalizer in the 89th minute after coming off the bench.

Even a point reduces their chances, though, as Liverpool only have 66 points with one game left, while Manchester United and Newcastle United, who are tied for third place, have 69 points.

Manchester United defeated Southampton 1-0 thanks to Casemiro’s amazing acrobatic volley, and with one more victory from their final two games, they will be eligible for the Champions League.

Newcastle needs a point against relegation-threatened Leicester on Monday in order to guarantee their entrance into Europe’s top league after a two-decade absence.

Firmino’s late goal dropped Villa to seventh place with 58 points, below Brighton & Hove Albion on goal difference, even though Brighton still has three games remaining and is in prime position to secure a Europa League spot.

Harry Kane’s outstanding free kick gave Tottenham Hotspur an early lead, but they lost 3-1 at home to ninth-place Brentford, who had two goals from Bryan Mbeumo in the second half, dropping them to eighth position with 57 points.

Fulham and Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at home.

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