Liverpool defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 on Sunday, but Manchester City won the title with a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa on the last day of the season.
Liverpool came from behind to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 on Sunday, but it was not enough to secure the club’s second Premier League crown, as it ended a point behind Manchester City on the last day of the season.
After falling down to an early Pedro Neto tap-in, goals from Sadio Mane and late efforts from Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson provided some optimism for the home supporters, even though their destiny was dependent on what happened in Manchester.
City, on the other hand, was not about to lay down and rallied from two goals behind to defeat Aston Villa 3-2.
Liverpool ended the season with 92 points, one less than City for the second time in four seasons, but with both the League Cup and the FA Cup in its trophy cabinet.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also have a Champions League final against Real Madrid next weekend in Paris to look forward to, when they might win their eighth European Cup.
“You can’t have too many problems because the boys have given everything. We’ve given everything all season, right up to the final day, and in January, we’d have chewed your hand off to take it all the way to the finish “Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who won the club’s first Premier League title in 2020, spoke to Sky Sports.
“We’re a little letdown today. Of course, we must congratulate City before turning our attention to the match next week.”
Wolves grabbed an early lead when defender Ibrahima Konate mishandled a bouncing ball from a goal kick, enabling Raul Jimenez to sprint in behind on the right and pick up Neto for his first goal of the season.
In the 24th minute, a clever Thiago Alcantara backheel allowed Mane free to race toward the goal and hit a ferocious attempt that goalkeeper Jose Sa could only get a touch to before it went in.
Due to an injury, Sa was replaced at halfway by John Ruddy, and shortly after, Liverpool brought in Salah, rested from the start, in quest of the winner, and blasted efforts at goal, only to have them consistently blocked by Wolves defenders.
The mood got frenetic when word trickled down from the fans that City had lost 2-0 to Villa and that the championship would be decided at Anfield if Liverpool could get a goal.
Salah snuck in a loose ball in the area seven minutes from time to give it a 1-0 lead. The Egyptian’s goal was his 23rd of the season, tying him for the league lead with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min.
Complete back Late in the game, Andy Robertson added to the scoring by slipping in Roberto Firmino’s cutback.
However, by then, City had completed its own comeback victory against Villa, ensuring that it kept the championship and Liverpool concluded the season as runners-up. The Wolves ended 10th with 51 points.