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Manchester City Edge Out Liverpool In Title Race To Retain PL Crown

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City’s victory over Brighton at the Amex Stadium handed Pep Guardiola’s side their second Premier League title in a row despite Liverpool’s valiant challenge.

The two sides were separated by just a point going into the final day, and it was Liverpool, the challengers, who had the early upper hand after Sadio Mané’s 21st goal of the season gave them a 1-0 lead over Wolves at Anfield.

Klopp’s side were in dreamland just moments later as news filtered through of the most unlikely of openers at the Amex Stadium, as Glenn Murray’s header from a corner put the home side in the lead.

City though seemed unphased by the twist in the title race and found the answer instantly as Sergio Aguero popped up with a tidy equaliser to get Guardiola’s charges back into the game.

Liverpool stayed firm at Anfield against a tricky Wolves side as City found the advantage thanks to a tremendous header from Aymeric Laporte gave them a lead going into half time.

From there the champions looked comfortable and grabbed a crucial third goal midway through the second half thanks to an excellent effort from Riyad Mahrez whose strike from the edge of the area evaded the reach of Mat Ryan in the Brighton net.

They then grabbed their fourth moments later thanks to a stylish Ilkay Gundogan free-kick as any chance of a Brighton comeback was well and truly dashed.

Liverpool kept pushing for a second at Anfield and got it through that man Mané again who popped up with a tremendous header ten minutes from time.

Unfortunately for Klopp’s side, it would not make a difference as City closed out the last 15 minutes to retain their Premier League crown in one of the most fascinating title races in recent memory.

City finished the campaign on 98 points while Liverpool finished on a remarkable 97 in a topsy-turvy season in which neither side deserved to come up short.

Liverpool’s attention will now turn to the Champions League final against Tottenham on June 1st while Manchester City will be looking to make it a domestic treble in the FA Cup final against Watford.

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