Liverpool’s greatest ever Premier League campaign just ended in the most heartbreaking fashion possible.BACK TO BACK: City storm home to claim epic PL title triumphThey racked up a ridiculous 97 points, lost just one game, boasted the golden glove winner, two of the three golden boot winners, the Player of the Season and conceded fewer goals than any other team. But astonishingly, the Reds fell agonisingly short of breaking their 29-year title drought.Manchester City’s 4-1 victory over Brighton confirmed their cruel fate, but there was to be no pity party inside Anfield – instead the final whistle brought fans together in song.Round 3820Visit Match Centre2Tottenham Hotspur StadiumFull Time2Visit Match Centre04Visit Match Centre14Visit Match Centre00Visit Match Centre02Visit Match Centre14Visit Match Centre11Visit Match Centre53Visit Match Centre13Visit Match CentreBecause, as Jurgen Klopp indicated post-game, there’s a feeling this might just be the beginning.“The boys pushed themselves to new levels, which I love, and that development and improvement is not finished,” Klopp said.“It is the first try. This team is one of the best that ever played for Liverpool; 100%.“As long as Manchester City are around with their financial power, no team will pass them easily. We need to be very close to perfection to win the Premier League as long as this is the case.”MORE FOOTBALL NEWSEXTRA TIME: Records shattered in historic Premier League finaleWATCH: The epic 83-second turnaround that set up City’s title triumphTHAT’S GOLD: Stunning three-way tie creates surprise 20-year PL firstJordan Henderson and Joel Matip lament what could have been.Source: AFPTheir quest for a first Premier League title continues despite one of the great seasons, but the progress they’ve made provides a silver lining to their disappointment.Last season, they finished fourth, 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s City juggernaut. This time around, they went down by just one point, as they steamrolled past their top six rivals by a whopping margin.City seal PL with worldies0:48The Reds will play in back-to-back Champions League finals, and have found a mental toughness that has eluded the club in years gone by. Something that could prove crucial as they return for another crack next season.“The fact that they’ve run City so close and their strength mentally was excellent,” said former Liverpool star Steve McManaman.READ MORE:FINAL DAY WRAP: CITY CLAIM TITLE IN EPIC FINALEHUMILATED: MAN UNITED HIT NEW LOW ON FINAL DAYREPORT: CITY’S 83-SEC COMEBACK SETS UP TITLE WINREPORT: REDS’ DEFIANT RESPONSE TO ULTIMATE HEARTBREAK“There was no failings from them at all, when the pressure was on they found a way to get results, their resolve will be excellent. They’ll be a better side for this next year.”This City team is a historical marvel. 198 points across two seasons is unprecedented at the top level, and their back-to-back triumphs cement them as one of the greatest sides the competition has ever seen.And yet they were pushed all the way.The Reds will cop the brunt of trolls the world over for not completing the job – especially after jumping out to a seven-point lead in the Christmas period. But within the squad and fan base, it’s difficult to see anything other than pride.Mane gives Merseyside hope0:20“I am very proud of this team, it’s a very special team and I am very proud to be part of it,” defensive star Virgil van Dijk said.“We have a big final to come, we should be proud but congratulations to City but hopefully we can challenge them next year.”So where to now for Liverpool?Almost immediately, focus will turn to the Champions League final against Spurs on June 2 AEST – another opportunity to finally land the first piece of silverware in the Klopp era.But after that, it’s back to the drawing board to plot another quest for the Premier League.The transfer window will reopen, and the Reds will no doubt be looking for the next Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk or Alisson in the hope of going on better next season. According to Owen Hargreaves, they should be looking to strengthen in the centre of the park.Manchester City claimed the Premier League titleSource: AFP“I can’t see anyone else challenging these two teams next year,” the former Manchester United player said.“The one thing you could address is maybe a No. 10. They’ve got some terrific midfield players, they’re all a bit similar, you just think about goals from midfield.“Defensively they’ve got no issues there, they’ve got the best goalkeeper, the best defence, you probably need more goals if you want to find a way to turn some of those draws into wins.”This season has ended in agony – falling just short of the ultimate prize. But their trajectory under Klopp suggests their championship window is just getting started.



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