Reds lose out on EPL title

English Premier League

Liverpool finished as runners-up in the English Premier League, despite beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in their final game of the season at Anfield.

The Reds showed only two changes from their win over Newcastle United the last time out, as Joel Matip replaced Dejan Lovren at centre-back while Divock Origi’s form earned him a place in the centre forward role.

The hosts were pressurising Wolves in the early stages and nearly went ahead in the fifth minute through Origi, whose shot at the near post was unfortunately collected by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

However, Liverpool’s pressure finally paid off in the 17th minute as Sadio Mane found the breakthrough with a low shot, unmarked in the centre of the box following a great cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right channel.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were still having the upper hand towards the half-hour mark while the visitors were hardly threatening Alisson in goal for the Reds, playing with numbers behind the ball.

However, Matt Doherty nearly snatched the equaliser for Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops three minutes before the break with a looping strike that crashed the top of the crossbar and went over and the Reds had an opportunity to collect their breath as they to the break leading 1-0.

Wolves were more adventurous in the early stages of the second stanza but Origi nearly made it 2-0 for the hosts with a cracking strike that was searching for the gaping net but Conor Coady made a goal-saving block and the Belgian striker was substituted moments later as James Milner came on in his place for tactical reasons.

The pace of the game was slowing down somewhat with 20 minutes remaining but Georginio Wijnaldum almost doubled the lead for Liverpool with a chance at the back post following a diagonal cross from Andrew Robertson but he could not find the target.

Mane finally got the second goal for Klopp’s men nine minutes before time with almost the similar move as the first goal, converting an Alexander-Arnold cross with a neat header to wrap up the points.

 

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