Liverpool have defeated Wolverhampton 2-0 on Sunday and ended the Premier League season with a massive 97 points, but that was not enough to earn them the title. Manchester United retained the Premier League title with a total of 98 points, while Liverpool finished second, a whole 15 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea. It is a significant progress for the Reds, who have collected 22 points more than they had last season, but missing out on the title does leave room for some regrets. However, Liverpool have done a much better job than Manchester City in the Champions League, where they will face Tottenham in the final.
Manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could not have done more to win the title, after all the 97 points that they amassed represent a new club record. "People might say we could have done this or that but not really, I don't think we could have done any more," Klopp said. "City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. It was about staying in the race and believing and that's what we did. When your opponent is City, it's difficult. They couldn't get rid of us and we couldn't get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League is not exactly what I wanted but we have to see it as the first step for this team. We have three weeks to prepare for the Champions League final - let's give it a go."
Liverpool have lost just one Premier League match this season, 2-1 at title rivals Manchester City on January 3rd. They have won 30 of their 38 league matches this season, scoring 89 goals and conceding just 22. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been the best goal scorers for the Reds so far, with 22 goals apiece, while Roberto Firmino contributed 12 goals to the cause. "This team is at a wonderful age group and we will go again and develop," Klopp added. "People really enjoyed the ride, that's a very important thing. If you play rubbish football and win something at the end of the season, that's good for the future to look back on and say you won something, but this team is outstanding. How we improved and always used the next step."
Liverpool are 3/1 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title next season.