Liverpool came into this weekend knowing that they needed another minor miracle in order to claim their first ever Premier League title. They had to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers, whilst also hoping that Brighton & Hove Albion of all teams could get something from their game against Manchester City. In the end the Reds were able to pick up the three points, but City’s win ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s men were left with a valiant second place finish.
Doing their part
The Reds were on top for large periods of the game, especially in the early stages. Wolves just didn’t seem to get going and already looked like they were on their holidays, and within 15 minutes, the home side had the lead through Sadio Mane. Wolves started to gradually build their way into the game, but Liverpool still looked in control – with most fans listening in to find out what was going on at the Amex Stadium.
As the second half came Liverpool were gradually getting more and more sloppy, but with the title slipping through their fingers, they still gave their fans something to cheer as Sadio Mane scored his second of the day. That goal wound up taking him level with Salah and Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Boot, which is how things stayed as the final whistle blew.
A disappointing ending
In the end, Liverpool just couldn’t dethrone Pep Guardiola’s men, and there’s absolutely no shame in that. There are very few teams (The Invincibles, United ’99) who can claim to be the greatest team in Premier League history. This back-to-back City squad is certainly up there with the best of them, and you aren’t going to find all too many folks who will argue that. Klopp has done a great job with this team, but sometimes, you just need to recognise greatness when it’s staring you in the face.
Manchester City will now turn their focus to the FA Cup final next week, as they attempt to seal their domestic treble against Watford at Wembley. Liverpool have an even greater task, though, as they’ll be travelling to Madrid soon in order to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Robertson (7.5), van Dijk (7.5), Matip (7.5), Alexander-Arnold (8), Wijnadlum (7), Fabinho (7), Henderson (6.5), Mane (8.5), Origi (6.5), Salah (6.5), Gomez (6), Milner (6.5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6)
Wolves: Patricio (6.5), Bennett (6.5), Coady (6), Boly (6.5), Doherty (6.5), Dendoncker (6), Neves (6), Moutinho (6), Jonny (6), Jota (5.5), Jimenez (6.5), Gibbs-White (6), Traore (6), Vinagre (6)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Goals: Mane x2
Yellow Cards: Bennett, Jota
Red Cards: N/A
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