Manchester City made Liverpool suffer once again by running away with the title by one point.
For the fourth time in five seasons, Man City lifted the Premier League title. However, it was far from easy. Pep Guardiola’s men ran it back to the 2018/19 season when they got their hands on the title by one point. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool stood in his way, ending that season with 97 points. Man City were able to snatch the coveted trophy away from Klopp’s men, ending the season on 98 points.
History repeated itself this season, with the title race going to the last day. Both English clubs were separated by a single point again.
This is how it all unfolded:
Last day drama
Man City winning their second title in a row came in dramatic fashion. They overcame Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa by overcoming a late two-goal deficit. They did this by scoring three goals in five minutes, defeating Villa 3-2.
It seemed as if the title was written in the stars for Liverpool when Villa scored two goals. The ironic hand of Gerrard aiding Liverpool in a Premier League title race and him making up for that iconic slip ended up being too good to be true. To make matters worse, it was former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho who made it 2-0. It was almost destiny, but Man City midfielder İlkay Gündoğan had other plans.
Liverpool were playing Wolverhampton Wolves at the same time. With their score 1-1 when City were 2-0 down, the title was still City’s to lose because of them being ahead on goal difference.
Gündoğan was subbed on in the 68th minute, and scored City’s first goal to make it 2-1. Two minutes later, Rodri scored a thunderous long shot to make the scores level. Three minutes after that, Kevin De Bruyne whipped a menacing ball to the far post to Gündoğan. His second goal ended up being the title-clincher.
No more quadruple
Guardiola’s men allowed Liverpool to take the race to the final day when they dropped two points against West Ham United last week. Klopp’s men made a comeback against Southampton with a rotated eleven to give themselves a glimmer of hope. But it just wasn’t meant to be once again for Liverpool.
The result ended Liverpool’s dreams for what could’ve been a historic quadruple, because of the club’s twin triumphs over Chelsea in the FA Cup and League Cup, beating the London club in penalty shootouts. They also advanced to the Champions League final, where they will play Real Madrid for the European title in Paris on May 28.
Some would argue that Man City would love to be in Liverpool’s shoes because of their quenching thirst for the Champions League trophy. For now, they will have to settle for setting records in the Premier League. Their recent title triumph is its sixth in the Premier League era and eighth overall. And with the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland joining the blue side of Manchester from Borussia Dortmund, the number is set to grow. Not only that, but it gives them a better chance at finally getting a taste of some European success.
Published by: HOLR Magazine.