By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Well, the hope was there while it lasted.
When Sadio Mané put Liverpool one goal ahead while the news filtered through that Glenn Murray had opened the scoring against Manchester City, the whole of Anfield erupted and dared to dream of yet another miracle.
Yet, it wasn’t to be. Manchester City pulled clear of the Seagulls to rip the Premier League away from Liverpool’s grasp in the most competitive title race in recent times.
Mané scored both goals as Liverpool did everything they could do, but attentions now turn to the Champions League final in Madrid.
Here’s how the Reds rated…
Alisson: 9 – Made a few vital saves to deny Wolves and preserve his clean sheet in what caps off a terrific first Premier League season for the Brazilian international.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7.5 – Started well but defensively was a little bit tentative as Wolves grew into the game, but on the back of his showing against Barcelona we will forgive him. Much more productive going forward and got two assists, enough to win his friendly contest with Robbo and set a new Premier League record for assists by a defender in a single season (12).
Joel Matip: 8 – Another accomplished performance from the Cameroonian who since coming into the team has grown week after week. Joe Gomez will have a job on his hands earning his place back next season.
Virgil van Dijk: 8 – The Premier League Player of the Year appropriately ends the season with yet another clean sheet in a campaign where he has arguably established himself as the best defender in world football.
Andy Robertson: 8 – Rifled an absolute peach which Rui Patricio parried away in a period where Manchester City looked in trouble. A good end to the season from the Scot who is now firmly the best left back in the league.
Fabinho: 7 – Held the midfield well at the start before Wolves began to get a foothold in the game. Still, a decent game for the Brazilian who started the season nowhere near the first team and is now one of the first names on the team sheet.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6.5 – Looked absolutely goosed at the end there didn’t he. Who can blame him though after his heroic exerts in the Champions League against Barcelona where he notched two all important goals.
Jordan Henderson: 7 – The Englishman looked as leggy as Wijnaldum but that is no detriment to him, as he found himself involved regularly throughout. While he won’t lift the Premier League this season, he has every opportunity to lift the European cup in three weeks time.
Sadio Mane: 9 – The Senegalese carried on his good form and put Liverpool a vital one goal to the good in a period where Anfield was booming due to to the news of Manchester City falling behind. He put the tie to bed later on scoring a header that brought him level with Mohamed Salah and Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang on 22 goals in the race for the golden boot, in his most prolific season yet.
Divock Origi: 7 – Another hero from the infamous Barcelona comeback victory, the Belgian wasn’t as effective today but what an impact he has already had this season. Substituted for James Milner.
Mohamed Salah: 7.5 – Ends the season in a three way dead heat in terms of goals alongside Sadio Mane and Aubamayang, yet struggled to pull away from the two today. He will still be pleased with his overall contribution this season.
James Milner: N/A
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: N/A
Joe Gomez: N/A