Man City managed to overcome a tough Brighton side and win their fourth Premier League title in eight years on Sunday!
All since the title race has been a close one. For a while, it was a three horse race between City, Liverpool and Spurs. However, a poor run of results saw Spurs fall into a fight for the top four instead of the title. Liverpool and City have been swapping positions ever since. At Christmas Liverpool were top of the table, something that has always gone on to win a team the league, except for two years when Liverpool have been top.
Klopp's side managed to open up a seven-point lead on Pep, but this was closed up as the season went on. Going into the last day, City were top by a point, knowing a win won hand them a fourth Premier League trophy. Liverpool needed to beat Wolves and hope that Brighton could do them a favour.
Liverpool vs Wolves
The hosts dominated this game straight from the start. They had several chances to take the lead and on the seventeenth minute, Mane did just that. A ball in from Alexander-Arnold took a slight deflection of Willy Bolly on the way through. It fell to the feet of Mane at the edge of the six-yard box who smashed the ball in to give his side the lead.
Wolves did have chances throughout the game to get level. Diego Joto going one on one with Alisson but the Brazilian keeper stood tall to go on and win himself the golden glove on his debut season.
Liverpool doubled the lead in the 81st minute. Another Alexander-Arnold and Mane combination. The young full-back put in a ball from deep that Mane again met on the six-yard box. A powerful flick on with his head sent the ball into the back of the net. His 22nd goal putting him joint top scorer for the season with Aubameyang and Salah.
Klopp's men had done their job in getting a win at home, they were just relying on Brighton to get something out of the game with City.
Man City vs Brighton
City started the game as they have many this season. On the front foot and with all the possession. However, Brighton weren't just going to sit there and admire City, they were trying to attack whenever they got the chance.
Like Liverpool, City had a few early chances but couldn't take them. Brighton kept trying to get up Citys end of the pitch and managed to force a corner. A ball to the front post that should have been cleared was met by Glen Murray. Brighton's top scorer for the season made sure this chance wasn't wasted and headed it down into City's net. This wasn't how City had planned the day going.
But, 83 seconds later they were level. Aguero got played through by Silva and put it through the legs of Matt Ryan to calm the travelling fans' nerves. City then put themselves back on the top of the table through Laporte. The French centre back heading in off the corner from Riyad Mahrez to put City 2-1 up at half time.
After the break City knew a third goal was vital. At 2-1 Brighton were still in the game. The visitors didn't change how they played, knowing if they kept going a third goal would come. Suprise started Mahrez was the man to get that goal on the 63rd minute. A great turn on the edge of the box saw Brighton defenders go one way and Mahrez the other. He has space on the edge of the box now and put the ball in the top right corner.
Gundogan confirmed the title was staying with City on the 72nd minute. A free-kick on the edge of the box found the right of the goal and the away fans knew it was now time to celebrate.
This was to be the fourth time in the last eight years that City have won the league, also the sixth time in their history. This is also the first time in over a decade that a team has managed to retain the title. The last team to do so were Citys neighbours Man United. Pep has dominated the Premier League over the last two years, winning two titles and taking 198 points!
Liverpool, unfortunately, missed out on winning their first ever Premier League title. Their wait for a league title carries on, their last came 29 years ago in 1990.
Man City are the favourites to win the league again next year at 8/11 with Liverpool priced at 11/4.