Premier League • England

Liverpool come from behind against Wolves but Premier League title escapes Klopp again

Sadio Mane, Naby Keita Liverpool v Wolves May 2022

Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolves 3-1 but the win was not enough to hand them the Premier League title, which stunningly went Manchester City’s way.

The Reds knew they needed to win and hope Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa took points off City to see them finish top. The Reds, though, started in the worst way possible when Wolves took the lead.

They were boosted, though, when Villa took a shock 1-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium. And after Sadio Mane equalised before former Red Philippe Coutinho made it 2-0 across the M62, Liverpool thought their task was clear: score and win the title.

Liverpool did end the season with the win, with substitute Mohamed Salah making it 2-1 before Andy Robertson added a third. Those goals came in a frantic five-minute spell.

However, City also found their fighting spirit and also enjoyed their own stunning five-minute spell. They scored three times, meaning Liverpool’s win ultimately did not get them the title.

Liverpool looked for a fast start, but it was Wolves who took a shock lead inside three minutes and turned the tables.

Ibrahima Konate misread a Jose Sa goal-kick and allowed Raul Jimenez to cross from the right and Neto had a tap-in.

Liverpool subsequently dominated proceedings, looking to find that bit of quality to beat the rigid Wolves defence.

However, Wolves stood firm with Conor Coady and Sa at the heart of it all. Joel Matip headed wide, Luis Diaz’s tempting cross went through an empty box and Naby Keita had a shot blocked.

Nevertheless, Sadio Mane got the equaliser after Liverpool kept probing. Thiago Alcantara’s sublime back-heel assist found Mane – who was just onside – and the Senegal star raced through to beat Sa at his near post.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were then frantic trying to get in front before half time. Alexander-Arnold had a powerful effort blocked before Andy Robertson fired over, roared on by the Anfield crowd.

But for all Liverpool’s desire to go in front, they left themselves vulnerable to going behind again at other end.

Hwang Hee-Chan got in behind in a one-on-one with Alisson Becker, who did well to smother the angle and shot.

Then, in a worry for Liverpool ahead of next Saturday’s Champions League final, Thiago came off with an injury, with James Milner replacing him at half time. For Wolves, John Ruddy replaced Sa in goal after a problem for the Portuguese.

Liverpool thought they had made it 2-1 when Mane finished neatly past Ruddy. However, he was offside in the build-up in an agonising ruling.

The Reds continued to dominate proceedings and looked more controlled than in the first half. However, as it stood, City – still 1-0 down at Villa – were to win the league on goal difference.

Liverpool continued to push forward, but they just could not find the quality end product to finish their chances.

Liverpool turn the screw on Wolves

Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz Liverpool v Wolves May 2022

Nevertheless, substitute Salah made it 2-1 to Liverpool from a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

Roberto Firmino – also on from the bench – supplied a neat flick to Robertson, who also finished past Wolves goalkeeper Ruddy.

Ultimately, though, Liverpool fell short and it is a second time they have lost the title to City by a point.

The same happened in 2018/19, when Liverpool’s 97 was one short of City’s 98.

This time, Liverpool’s 92 was not enough to stop City getting 93 in a sensational comeback.

On a brighter note, the Reds have the Champions League final against Real Madrid to look forward to next Saturday.