So near, yet so far: Liverpool fall agonizingly short on the Premier League's dramatic final day
Liverpool finished their season with a 2-0 victory at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but it wasn't quite enough to overhaul Manchester City for the Premier League title, thanks to their come-from-behind 4-1 away win at Brighton.
Sadio Mane netted in both halves - both from Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses - to take himself level at the top of the Premier League's top scorers chart, alongside teammate Mo Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to earn a share of the Premier League Golden Boot.
But that will be scant consolation for the Reds' striker, whose side missed out on the biggest prize in English football with the biggest points total of any runner-up side in Premier League history - 97 points - just one behind title winners City.
The first half saw Liverpool take charge from the opening whistle, and Mane's close-range finish from Alexander-Arnold's cross gave the Anfield crowd hope.
That hope appeared to turn into genuine belief when rumors started to circulate around the stadium that Brighton had taken the lead against City.
It turned out that the information was incorrect, and had been started by mischief-making Wolves fans inside the ground to troll the Liverpool fans.
Apparently Wolves fans have been celebrating non-existent Brighton goals to get the Liverpool fans going & mess with their heads. Black ops from the Black Country, or Man City agents working under cover? Impressively fiendish either way.— Frank McNally (@FrankmcnallyIT) May 12, 2019
But while the initial waves of optimism were proved unfounded, it was only a matter of moments before the stadium was celebrating a real Brighton goal, with Murray nodding the Seagulls ahead.
Liverpool stayed in control, without feeling completely comfortable, during the game and eventually doubled their lead late on through a diving header from Mane after another pinpoint Alexander-Arnold cross.
But by the time that header hit the back of the Wolves net events on the south coast had turned decisively in City's favor, with Pep Guardiola's side sitting 4-1 up.
And with City away and clear and the title out of reach, the Anfield fans paid tribute to their players all the way to the final whistle.Also on rt.com Blue moon arising! Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after last day thriller
Jurgen Klopp's men may have fallen agonizingly short of the Premier League title, but they still can still end their season on a high against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid next month.
But, thanks to City's come-from-behind win at Brighton, Liverpool's 29-year wait for English football's biggest prize will continue for another year.