A bittersweet win for the Reds as Liverpool see off Wolves 2-0 but fall short of Premier League glory.
Sadio Mané’s brace brings him level with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for most goals this season (22).Embed from Getty Images
It was a slow game at Anfield with many fans keeping one eye on the Manchester City game. Last year’s champions needed a win to secure the trophy for another year and did it in style. They dominated Brighton 4-1, cancelling Glen Murray’s opener.
Liverpool drew first blood early in the first half. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pin-point cross found Mané in the box for a standard tap-in.
The Merseyside club continued to dominate the period but failed to really create many more chances.
Over on the South Coast, Glen Murray put Brighton ahead and the news spread like wildfire around Anfield.Embed from Getty Images
It seemed fate was on their side. But it was cut short.
A minute later City equalised through Sergio Aguero and then took the lead through Aymeric Laporte. They never looked back.
The famous Anfield atmosphere then seemed to dim. The faint hope that was kindled before the game began to die out.
The end to a record-breaking season
The Manchester City scoreline meant Liverpool were playing more for pride than the title at this point – it showed. The hunger wasn’t there anymore.
They were slow out the back, which allowed Wolverhampton to make more than a few dangerous runs.
Alisson kept Liverpool in the game with a couple of fantastic saves. He was on his best today and was a commanding presence at the back.
The story for Liverpool ended up being Mané’s brace tying him with fellow teammate Salah as the league’s top scorers.
This is the first time three players will win the award since the 1998/99 season.
Mané connected with another TAA assist, allowing Trent to break the record for most assists by a defender in the Premier League.
Champions League on the horizon
The Reds now turn their attention to the Champions League final where they will face Tottenham. The two Premier League clubs meet in Madrid on June 1.
A win would see Liverpool claim their sixth European trophy and enter competition folk lore.
On the back of arguably the greatest comeback victory of all time, Spurs would be right to fear Liverpool.