Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool title bid was only first step

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool title bid was only first step

A brace from Sadio Mane, which netted him a share of the Premier League Golden Boot with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, saw Liverpool to a 2-0 victory at Anfield.

As long as City are with quality and power they have it's not that any other team will pass them easily.

"This team is at a wonderful age group and we will go again and develop".

"We have to be very close to perfection to win the Premier League, I think this is the case".

The Liverpool boss told the BBC: "The season is a very long, hard one". You have to deal with setbacks. But here, that's how it is, no problem with that because that's the competition we are in. It was brilliant. 97 points was incredible. In the last two years they have won 198 points. There is more to come from us. "It's only the first step".

Liverpool cruelly missed out despite finishing on 97 points, although they do have the Champions League final to look forward to.

The Reds were given a boost before kick-off when Andy Robertson was passed fit to make the starting line-up despite suffering a calf injury in the Champions League comeback against Barcelona during the week.

But after the break, it was the visitors who looked the more likely to add to the scoring, with Matt Doherty hitting the bar and, in the 69th minute, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson having to react quickly to foil Diogo Jota after a ball over the top.

Controlling possession, Liverpool nearly had a second as Andrew Robertson (fit again after being injured against Barcelona) lined up a powerful shot that was well blocked by goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Celebrations then broke out around Anfield when it emerged that Brighton had scored against City, and there were another couple of false alarms as fake rumours of further goals spread.

Our season was good as well, a really good season, an unbelievable season.

Liverpool fell a bit flat in the second half, allowing Wolves back into the game.

"Nuno is rightly at the top of the list where people talk about "manager of the season" because of what he and his guys do at Wolves".

And when Sadio Mane sidefooted home a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 17th minute, the home side was provisionally in the lead.

Origi sent Mane away and the Senegal winger's ball across was deflected back into the striker's path, but he shot over the bar after turning well. However it lasted for just a minute before Sergio Aguero made it 1-1.

"The title race between Liverpool and Man City has been awesome".

"It's not just the results - it's how they achieve them".

"Being second in the Premier League isn't what we wanted tonight but we'll take it".

But the Reds will be full of belief after routing Barcelona 4-0 this week to reach the final of the Champions League, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit to book an all-English clash with Tottenham.

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