Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Liverpool beat Wolves, miss out on Premier League title

Liverpool beat Wolves, miss out on Premier League title

The victory for Juergen Klopp's side at Anfield on Sunday thanks to Sadio Mane's double became irrelevant to the title outcome as City won 4-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion to ensure their second straight league crown.

Interest may be shown in him this summer , with Liverpool considered to be in need of greater creativity in their midfield .

"As long as City are around, with the quality they have, the power, the financial power and that stuff, then it's not any other team that will pass them easily", Klopp said. That is the competition we are in. They will look back at the Premier League season and wonder where it went wrong.

Mane's early opener had The Kop dreaming of history, especially after Manchester City went 1-0 down in Brighton, but such optimism was short-lived and Liverpool were left to reflect on a season in which they collected 97 points, lost just once, but failed to win the title.

News of Brighton taking the lead against City, brought inevitable roars from the crowd and, even with Pep Guardiola's side quickly replying, for 21 minutes, until City got in front, Liverpool were temporarily in the top spot. It's hard to pick a point where they fell down, though.

Back in Liverpool, Salah blasted a shot over the bar and Diogo Jota wasted a good chance for Wolves after getting in behind the defence and failing to pick out a teammate with his cross. During that time, City have amassed 198 points in two campaigns, setting the bar incredibly high.

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The last team to start the final day in first place and not win the title were in fact Liverpool in 1989, when Arsenal´s 2-0 win at Anfield clinched the old First Division. "It's only the first step". We made unbelievably big steps and I really expect more to come, that's the truth. "The boys were all there from last season apart from [goalkeeper] Alisson. We will fight next season for the title". He had a big impact but all the rest were here last season.

"We have to be very close to perfection to win the Premier League, I think this is the case".

City can not quite match the record 100 points they mustered last season but they have shown their ability to dig deep in recent weeks. We feel it. It is disappointing, it is not a wonderful moment but we have enough time to see and feel how brilliant the season was.

Liverpool's 97 points would have won the league in 24 of the last 26 seasons, and the club finished with just 22 goals conceded in 38 games.

Wolves are at their best without the ball, however - their defensive discipline and ability to force teams to play down the flanks before boxing them in is particularly impressive. "But give me a few hours to get over what happened today".

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