Liverpool 2-0 Wolves LIVE: Man City WIN Premier League title, Reds second with 97 points

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LIVERPOOL 2-0 WOLVES | MANE (17, 82)

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho, Salah, Mane, Origi

Wolves XI: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Jota, Jimenez

  • Mohamed Salah returns to the starting XI after missing the Barcelona clash
  • Georginio Wijnaldum replaces James Milner in the only other change
  • Andy Robertson fit to retain his place after being forced off at half-time
  • Sadio Mane opens the scoring from Trent Alexander-Arnold cross
  • Sadio Mane grabs a second with close-range header
  • Manchester City lead Brighton 4-1 – Aguero, Laporte, Mahrez and Gundogan on target
  • Liverpool finish second with 97 points – Manchester City retain title

LIVERPOOL 2-0 WOLVES

FT: It’s all over folks! The greatest Premier League title race has been decided on the final day of the season with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City retaining their crown.

91: Nope. Conor Coady ushered the ball out.

90: Two minutes of added time at Anfield. Liverpool have a free-kick on the left touchline… cleared behind for a corner.

Can Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane win the Golden Boot outright?

89: Mohamed Salah is shooting from absolutely anywhere now! He’s clearly desperate for the Golden Boot outright. Wijnaldum off, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on.

88: Manchester City fans going through a full range of taunts aimed at Liverpool.

85: Joe Gomez on for Andrew Robertson. He’ll be rested for the Champions League final in a few weeks.

LIVERPOOL 2-0 WOLVES | MANE

82: GOAL! Well… Liverpool have done their job and it’s been largely thanks to Sadio Mane!

The winger grabs his second and draws level with Mohamed Salah AND Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 22 goals in the race for the Golden Boot.

He heads in from a lovely cross from deep by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

75: Liverpool have not had a shot on target in the second half. Doherty is replaced by Traore – not the nicest scenario after a midweek battle.

72: Manchester City are set to retain their Premier League crown! I’m 99.99999999999 sure that Brighton won’t be scoring three goals in 18 minutes. It’s a quality strike from Ilkay Gundogan, who lofts a free-kick over the wall to leave Ryan stranded. Game over, title secured.

69: Well… unsurprisingly the mood has gone rather flat at Anfield with the Wolves fans the only ones being heard.

There’s some added bad news for Mohamed Salah, who has company at the top of the Premier League scorer charts. Aubameyang has grabbed a second for Arsenal against Burnley. Both are level on 22.

66: Chance! Huge chance! Sadio Mane nips in behind the Wolves defence to collects a long ball forward. He crosses for Divock Origi, who spins and blasts over.

That’s his last involvement as James Milner comes on to sure things up in midfield.

65: Game over? It looks that way. Manchester City have scored another to make it 3-1. Riyad Mahrez has the third and has probably extinguished any hopes of Liverpool winning the title.

63: Doherty in the thick of the action again. He’s swept in from the right and teed up Raul Jimenez, who fires into the side-netting.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: REUTERS)

60: Well this race for the Golden Boot just got interesting. Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero are all on the scoresheet and tied on 21 goals.

Mohamed Salah still out in front on 22…

58: Nervous moments at Anfield as Wolves start to have some joy in attack. Doherty is a constant threat down the right flank and his cutback for Jonny is blocked by Matip.

55: Not sure if anyone is interested but Manchester United are trailing Cardiff 2-0 at Old Trafford…

53: And another! Diogo Jota booked for dragging back Trent on the right touchline. No openings for Liverpool yet – none for Manchester City at the Amex either.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

51: Booked! Bennett earns himself the first yellow card of the afternoon when chopping down the breaking Sadio Mane. That’s two fouls in three minutes from Wolves – who are playing a bit dirty here.

48: Mohamed Salah wins Liverpool a free-kick to the right of the penalty area. The Egyptian and Trent AA are standing over it…

Trent takes it… close! The full-back curls it around the wall and into the side-netting.

LIVERPOOL 1-0 WOLVES

45: And we’re back underway folks. You know the situation – Liverpool must win and hope Brighton can take points off Manchester City.

It’s still very much in the balance.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

LIVERPOOL 1-0 WOLVES

HT: And that’s the break! Liverpool lead Wolves courtesy of that Sadio Mane opener. Jurgen Klopp’s side were briefly top of the Premier League but two goals from Manchester City in ten minutes leave them in second with 45 minutes left to play.

42: Woodwork! Liverpool have started to unravel here at Anfield. They aren’t playing terribly but they have lost their cutting edge as we approach the break.

Doherty curls an effort from the edge of the box, which clips the crossbar.

39: Mo Salah wants a foul on the edge of the area as he has a hand on his shoulder. Not happening and would have been extremely soft indeed.

31: Bad news for Liverpool supporters starts to filter around Anfield. Man City lead through Aymeric Laporte, who rises highest to head home and put City back on top of the Premier League table. It’s now 2-1.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: REUTERS)

28: Ah… Manchester City are level 83 seconds after Glenn Murray’s opener. Sergio Aguer races through and slots it underneath Ryan.

So it’s 1-1 at the Amex – but Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table.

27: Whaaaaat?! Scenes at the Amex Stadium as Glenn Murray gives Brighton the lead! He heads home a corner to send Liverpool into ecstasy. Folks – this could actually happen!

24: Trent Alexander-Arnold finds Andy Robertson on the left but his thunderbolt is parried away by Patricio.

21: Ouch! Painful for Liverpool fans, who are celebrating like crazy because they think Brighton have take the lead. Misinformation though because it’s currently 0-0.

20: Well that news MUST have filtered to the Amex Stadium by now. Nervous City will feel a little more nervous now knowing Jurgen Klopp’s side are doing the business.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

LIVERPOOL 1-0 WOLVES | MANE

17: GOAL! Liverpool are top of the Premier League… as things stand.

Sadio Mane opens the scoring after tapping home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected cross.

It’s vintage Liverpool really and they are on 97 points with Manchester City on 96.

13: Three goals in the Premier League so far. Newcastle lead Fulham 2-0 while Tottenham are ahead against Everton thanks to Eric Dier.

And I’m sure you don’t give a monkeys about that!

10: Quick update from the Amex Stadium – no goals to report but Brighton have started fairly brightly against an unusually (but understandably) nervous Manchester City.

Jahanbahksh has had the hosts’ best opportunity when cutting inside and whipping one just wide of the post.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: PA)

8: Divock Origi, who now has legendary status for all the right reasons at Anfield, breaks forward and slips it over to Mohamed Salah. He pops it off to Jordan Henderson, whose cross alludes everyone.

6: Not a great deal to report from Anfield yet. Wolves are doing a decent job of slowing things down and frustrating Jurgen Klopp’s side.

3: Liverpool are immediately on the front-foot with Mohamed Salah looking to dart between Coady and Boly in the Wolves defence. No joy on this occasion but the Egyptian looks mighty fired up today.

LIVERPOOL 0-0 WOLVES

1: Don’t Stop Believing was followed by YNWA at Anfield. It’s a glorious day on Merseyside and the atmosphere is absolutely bouncing here. Standby for mayhem…

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

Hope?

14:50: OK, we all know Liverpool have a chance today – but it’s highly unlikely that Manchester City will drop points against Brighton.

BUT… there is hope.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is the last manager to beat Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season, when he was at Norwich.

15-minutes…

14:45: It’s the calm before the storm. 15 minutes until the chaotic final day of the Premier League season unfolds.

Whigfield’s Saturday night pumping out at Anfield in tribute to the legend that is Divock Origi…

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

Nuno…

14:40: Not quite sure how to read this, folks. See what you think.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists he will plan for their crucial trip to title-chasing Liverpool like it was a summer friendly.

I want to be involved in every game, even in a pre-season game I’m always involved,” Nuno said.

“The players rise for every game and training session, this is the philosophy. It’s a big game and we want to play it.

“It’s a tough challenge, it’s the final game of the season and we want to compete like always.”

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

Best Ever!

14:35: Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore believes the current season is the competitions’ best ever.

“When you look at what the Premier League has done this season, the title race is unprecedented,” Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“The idea that Manchester City or Liverpool will walk away second with that amount of points is incredible and they would’ve won it in any other year.

“Then you add the European feats achieved by the Premier League teams this season with all-English Champions League and Europa League finals and it is hard to think of a season that has been better.”

Elsewhere…

14:30: So there are actually eight other Premier League fixtures happening today. Not that you would know given the focus on the title race.

They are as follows: Burnley vs Arsenal, Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth, Fulham vs Newcastle, Leicester vs Chelsea, Manchester United vs Cardiff, Southampton vs Huddersfield, Tottenham vs Everton and Watford vs West Ham.

As previously mentioned, Arsenal would require an eight-goal swing to sneak past Tottenham into fourth. Manchester United? Well.. they are playing for pride I suppose.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: REUTERS)

Twitter reaction

Tim: What happens today is almost, ALMOST, irrelevant. Fact that we’ve gone from 25 points to a point behind City in the space of a year shows you how far we’ve progressed. Only hope is if it’s not to be today, then we make next season the one we finally win it.

Daniel: Anything is possible !!! Whatever happens I’m so proud of Liverpool this season … I can’t think of a more consistent and brilliant premier league season in my whole life … hats off … good luck lads!

Garry: Sky Sports all set up at the Brighton ground to film the handing over the trophy to City… to quote Keegan…I’d f****** love it if we beat them!

I’m not sure he used the F word, Garry…

Sub plot…

14:20: Love a good old sub plot. Like the baddie in a hollywood movie this.

Skipper Conor Coady insists Wolves are out to end Liverpool’s title dream – even if it ruins his friendships.

The boyhood Red started his career in the club’s academy but still wants to win at Anfield today.

“There’s no reason we can’t do a job there,” he told the Express & Star. “Every week I look at Liverpool and hope they win.

“I supported them growing up but I’m playing for Wolves now, and no matter who we are playing against, we go there to win and that’s the mentality we’ll all have.

“My mates are all season-ticket holders there and keep saying a few things about it.

“I supported Liverpool growing up but I play for Wolves now. What they’ve done this year has been absolutely incredible, the title race has been amazing.”

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

Brighton vs Manchester City

14:15: And I suppose you’ll be wanting to see the Manchester City side. It’s pretty self-explanatory aside from Riyad Mahez, who starts ahead of Phil Foden. All-out attack from Pep.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Saltor, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Murray

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: REUTERS)

Team News – Liverpool

14:10: Jurgen Klopp welcomes back Mohamed Salah, who will surely strengthen his claim to retain the Golden Boot.

The Egyptian, who has 22 Premier League goals, returns to the side after missing the Barcelona game with concussion.

The other change to the starting XI sees Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored twice as a sub against Barca, get back into the team.

Divock Origi continues in the absence of Roberto Firmino while ames Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri drop to the bench.

Team News – Wolves

14:05: Nice and quick from Wolves. Nuno Espírito Santo selects an unchanged side from the victory over Fulham last weekend.

That means all the usual Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves all start.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: PA)

The starting XI…

14:00: And here it is folks. Liverpool’s final starting XI of the season – could it be the title-winning side?

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho, Salah, Mane, Origi.

Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri.

Wolves XI: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Jota, Jimenez.

Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore, Kilman.

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

Surely there will not be a top four shock?

13:58: A night on from Liverpool’s Champions League heroics, Tottenham produced an equally unthinkable comeback to seal their place in the June finale in Madrid.

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick sealed the last-gasp comeback at Ajax and will mean Spurs line up at the gleaming Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a spring in their step on Sunday.

A top-four finish is all but assured but things would have to go horribly wrong against Everton to give Arsenal any hope. The Gunners, fresh from reaching the Europa League final, would have an eight-goal margin to make up at Burnley.

Programme notes

13:55: Jurgen Klopp has written some words in today’s programme – and they are rather inspiring I must say.

“Whatever happens, we are what we are because we have come together and we have all played a part,” Klopp said. “This is Liverpool now: a powerful collective who looks to live in the moment and embrace the joy of it. Thank you, Anfield – you are special.”

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: PA)

Twitter round-up

Steven: Regardless of how today goes, fully expecting City and Liverpool to have it out between them again next season. Spurs may be up there with shrewd investment, but can’t realistically see United, Arsenal, or Chelsea with their transfer ban, catching them.

Stacey: Praying for a miracle today. Regardless we as fans couldn’t be prouder of Liverpool the team have battled every game and played some football I will never forget. Gonna be some atmosphere today! Let’s do this Red Men.

Paco: No matter what happens after today’s final match of the season, I’ve never been more proud to be a Liverpool supporter. These 20+ years of ups and downs, tears of pain and tears of joy have all led to this and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Afternoon…

13:50: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

How’s the heart rate?

After the most intense title battle for many a year, it comes down to the final weekend. I feel nervous just writing this…

Just one point separates reigning champions Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool heading into what is sure to be a thrilling final set of fixtures if the footballing week is anything to go by.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds secured a jaw-dropping 4-0 win against Barcelona on Tuesday night to reach the Champions League final and Anfield is sure to be abuzz again when Wolves arrive.

The Reds need to win and hope that Brighton can end a tough season on a high against Pep Guardiola’s men. Few expect City to come a cropper on the south coast but stranger things have happened… in the last couple of days alone.

Ready for those line-ups? Standby…

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield

Liverpool vs Wolves: Premier League score, goals and updates from Anfield (Image: GETTY)

LIVERPOOL vs WOLVES – TEAM NEWS

Mohamed Salah (concussion), Jordan Henderson (knee) and Andy Robertson (calf) are all likely to be fit for Liverpool. Roberto Firmino is still out with a groin problem although manager Jurgen Klopp expects him to be fit for the Champions League final.

Wolves could be unchanged for their final day trip to Liverpool as boss Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury worries ahead of the game at Anfield. Ruben Vinagre, Adama Traore and Helder Costa are all pushing to start after being on the bench.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Liverpool W W W W W; Wolves L D W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 26; Raul Jimenez (Wolves) 17

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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