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Liverpool 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Reds victory not enough as Man City win title

By Gary RoseBBC Sport at Anfield
Sadio Mane equalised for Liverpool
Sadio Mane scored his 22nd goal of the season

Liverpool's hopes of winning a quadruple were ended on the final day of the Premier League season as a tense victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers proved too little to deny Manchester City the title.

The Reds needed to win and hope Manchester City failed to do so, and the unlikely looked to be happening when Pep Guardiola's side found themselves 2-0 down at home to Aston Villa midway through the second half.

That gave hope to Liverpool, who had been dealt an early blow when Pedro Neto drove in from Raul Jimenez's square ball inside the third minute, Sadio Mane slotting in an equaliser 21 minutes later.

At that stage, Jurgen Klopp's side were set to finish level with City on 90 points, with Pep Guardiola's team top because of their superior goal difference.

Liverpool pushed for a winner that looked like it could seal a 20th league title, Mane having an effort correctly ruled out for offside before Trent Alexander-Arnold saw a long-range effort pushed away.

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The second goal finally arrived six minutes before full-time when Mohamed Salah bundled in from close range - earning himself a share of the Golden Boot in the process - but by then Manchester City had staged an incredible comeback to lead 3-2.

Andy Robertson added a late third for the Reds but there was no late equaliser at Etihad Stadium as Guardiola's side took their sixth Premier League title. Regardless, Anfield applauded their side's efforts at full-time as they came close to an unlikely title.

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Liverpool celebrate scoring
Sadio Mane's equaliser was met by incredible noise as Anfield started to believe the title bid was on

For Liverpool to have come within six days of the Champions League final with a quadruple still on the table was in itself an incredible achievement.

Klopp's side have already won the League Cup and FA Cup and will hope to add to that collection by becoming European champions for a seventh time when they play Real Madrid in Saturday's final in Paris.

Fans were hopeful but also realistic in the build-up to Sunday's game but they did everything they could to help their side get the win they needed.

The streets around Anfield were a sea of red in the hours before kick-off, with red smoke flares filling the air as the team bus approached.

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In the minutes before the game got under way the atmosphere was electric but all the hope and expectation that had been building was quickly deflated by the early Wolves goal.

The disappointment quickly subsided, however, and the supporters soon got back to encouraging their side, playing their part by relaying the score from Manchester City's game with roars of encouragement.

From then on the game was a rollercoaster of emotions with the fans - and no doubt the players - at various points experiencing hope, frustration and belief as they knew just one goal could give them the title.

But although Liverpool did as they have done many times this season and found a way to win, City did likewise as they scored three goals in five minutes to take matters out of the Reds' hands.

Player of the match

Rúben NevesRúben Neves

with an average of 7.73

Liverpool

  1. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    7.22

  2. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    6.86

  3. Squad number23Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    6.77

  4. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    6.76

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    6.60

  6. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    6.53

  7. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    6.50

  8. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    6.49

  9. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.48

  10. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    6.46

  11. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    6.37

  12. Squad number5Player nameKonaté
    Average rating

    6.25

  13. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    6.23

  14. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    6.22

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    7.73

  2. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto
    Average rating

    6.38

  3. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    6.13

  4. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    5.95

  5. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    5.85

  6. Squad number24Player nameToti
    Average rating

    5.83

  7. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
    Average rating

    5.83

  8. Squad number15Player nameBoly
    Average rating

    5.80

  9. Squad number21Player nameRuddy
    Average rating

    5.79

  10. Squad number19Player nameJonny
    Average rating

    5.76

  11. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri
    Average rating

    5.75

  12. Squad number11Player nameTrincão
    Average rating

    5.72

  13. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
    Average rating

    5.72

  14. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
    Average rating

    5.33

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32MatipBooked at 46mins
  • 5Konaté
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forFirminoat 70'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forMilnerat 45'minutes
  • 20JotaSubstituted forSalahat 58'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 23Díaz

Substitutes

  • 4van Dijk
  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 11Salah
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 62Kelleher
  • 67Elliott

Wolves

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Malheiro de SáSubstituted forRuddyat 45'minutes
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 24Gomes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 32DendonckerSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 90'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 9Jiménez
  • 7NetoSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 22'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 5Marçal
  • 10Podence
  • 11Machado Trincão
  • 14Mosquera
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 20Tomás Oliveira
  • 21Ruddy
  • 26Hwang Hee-Chan
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
53,097

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home29
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Toti (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Trincão replaces Leander Dendoncker.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joel Matip with a headed pass following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Conor Coady.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luis Díaz (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Díaz.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

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