Virgil van Dijk reflects on title-race agony


Liverpool, who rely on their wing-backs for their creativity, might find themselves having to work the ball between the flanks to try and get around Wolves' clever pressing. However, the Reds held on and preserved their lead heading into the break.

The Reds' haul would have been enough to win 116 of the previous 119 titles and Klopp thinks Manchester City only reached 98 points because his side were nipping at their heels.

Early in the second half, Alexander-Arnold tried a speculative effort from a free kick that hit the side netting and Ryan Bennett was booked for hacking down Mane on the break.

Jurgen Klopp conceded Liverpool could not have done any more in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Check out our breakdown of the game below.

Tuesday's astonishing 4-0 win against Barcelona, which overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit and sent Liverpool to their second successive Champions League final, was one of the greatest nights in the club's history.

What Jurgen Klopp's men have done this season is nothing short of extraordinary.

Pep Guardiola´s City are firm favourites to retain the title as they travel to Brighton, a team that narrowly avoided relegation.

"We've come up against an incredible team and for us to get that close, it just shows you how far we've come".

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That, ultimately, cost Liverpool the title.

Starting XI: Alisson (7); Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (6), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (6); Henderson (6), Fabinho (7), Wijnaldum (6); Salah (7), Origi (6), Mane (8*). Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner 5, Gomez 5.

Winning was a necessity for Liverpool, and Mane clearly knew that. Only losing once is some achievement, while two of the forwards finished joint top of the Golden Boot tally with 22 strikes.

At Anfield, he was a persistent menace, using his speed and dribbling to terrorise Wolves' defence. In the end we scored two and kept a clean sheet.

His teammates around him often lacked energy, but Mane did all he could to help push them on.

There will be a period of reflection for Liverpool over the coming days.

Wolves were the only team who came into the final day of the season knowing exactly where they would finish.

Barring a spectacular swing in goal difference, Tottenham will finish above Arsenal and mathematically secure the remaining Champions League spot alongside Chelsea, while the highest Manchester United can finish is fifth. The visitors have W6-D4-L3 against them in all competitions and both teams have scored in 11 of those 13 games. The physical effects are that we have a few more players with bumps and bruises. Georginio Wijnaldum appeared at the back post to nearly get another for Liverpool but the atmosphere in the stadium mirrored those of the players.

Rui Patricio will play behind a back three of Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady and Willy Boly. Subs: Traore 5, Gibbs-White 5, Vinagre 5.