Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite a 2-0 win at home to Wolves on May 12th. A brace of goals from Sadio Mane gave the Reds victory as they ended the season on 97 points, the highest ever for a finish in second place.
Liverpool had only lost one league game all season. A 2-1 away defeat to eventual league winners, Manchester City, on January 3rd proved to be crucial as City finished on 98 points.
AFP reported that Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said his players had given their all. "Congratulations to Manchester City," Klopp, told the BBC. "We tried everything to make it as difficult as possible but not difficult enough. I couldn't be more proud of the boys. It's incredible what they did all season and today was a strange situation. We were really good until the score was 1-0. What happened then was clear. You can't tell the people to calm down,” he said.
"We had to fight. In the end we scored two and kept a clean sheet,” he went on.”It's nice but not how we wanted it,” he said. He continued, "It's clear we had to work hard and City too. Our target during the week was to get 97 points. We got that -- that's special. We want to write our own history and we did.” "Today feels not so good but we have plenty of time to prepare for an important game in three weeks (Champions League final)," Klopp concluded.
Liverpool now have to get ready for their Champions League final against Tottenham on June 1st.
In other Premier League results Chelsea were held to a goalless away draw with Leicester City while Champions League finalists, Tottenham Hotspur, played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at home with Everton.
Arsenal managed to grind out a 3-1 away win against Burnley to secure fifth place, which means The Gunners will at least be playing Europa League football next season. But they could still end up playing in the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29th.
Manchester United continued their poor end to the season as they were beaten 2-0 at home by relegated Cardiff City. Videos surfaced showing United’s midfielder, Paul Pogba, being berated by some of his own fans as he left the pitch at the end of the game.