Liverpool fall short to clinch the title despite a win

13.5.2019.

Liverpool - Wolves 2:0 (1:0)


Liverpool awaits 29 years for a league title and will still have to wait for their first Premier League trophy despite a 2-0 win over Wolves at Anfield. With 97 points and just one loss in the season, Klopp's men couldn't lift the title as Manchester City didn't slip in Brighton. Wolves will qualify for next season's Europa League if Watford doesn't provide a big surprise in FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

In the week full of miracles for English football, the third wonder didn't happen in Premier League. Liverpool was the champion only for a 20' minutes when Sadio Mane scored from a close range in 17'minute. Wolves knew before the game they will finish seventh-placed, still, they arrived motivated to give a proper fight to the home team.  The crowds were so noisy from the first minute, but the real madness among the fans started when Brighton scored against City, eight minutes later. The celebration lasted only for a minute as Aguero denied the lead in the next action of Citizens. The tinny hopes about Brighton's help for Liverpool died when Aymeric Laporte netted a header seven minutes before the half time to give City comfortable 2-1 lead. 


Sadio Mane doubled the lead in 81' minute. It's was his 18 goal at home in the season and the 22nd goal in total, in Premier League. Senegalese attacker now shares the top of goalscorers list with his teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.  Full time 2-0 at Anfield, and a proper goodbye since City had a 4-1 lead in Brighton. It was Liverpool's ninth victory in a row. They finished on 97 points, the third highest in English football history- behind both City records, last season (100) and this season (98). Nuno Espirito Santo and his side can be really satisfied with the job done. They finished seventh-placed- the highest by a newly promoted side since 2000/2001 season when Ipswich finished fifth following their arrival from Championship.


Speaking after the game Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explained he'd enjoyed the title race and there are no regrets in special season: "We had lucky moments, City had luck moments - against Burnley and us. But we scored a strange goal against Everton and a late one against Newcastle. It's not about outplaying every team, it's about keeping believing and staying in the race. Manchester City found it difficult to get rid of us, and we couldn't get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League isn't what we planned but we'll take it," Klopp said and added: "The team who played the last couple of weeks were together last year apart from Alisson. Congratulations to Manchester City, they played a good season. They took 198 points in two seasons, not bad."


The Reds became the first team in top-flight history to win as many as 30 games in a season and not to win the title, as well as there was no side ever previously to lose just one game in the season and not to win the title. With 22 wins at Anfield, they have equalled previously held record of wins at home (in the season since 2000/2001 season, also Liverpool, 22). Liverpool will aim for their sixth European title when they met another English side, Tottenham, in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.