Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester City were lucky in important moments but insists his team will be back again next season. Klopp’s side beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday, but City’s 4-1 win at Brighton meant Klopp’s side finished just a point short with a record tally of 97 points for a second-place side.
The German insists Liverpool could not have done more to win the title, as attention turns to their Champions League final against Tottenham on June 1 in Madrid.
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He told Sky Sports: “People might say we could have done this or that but not really, I don’t think [we could have done any more]. City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. It was about staying in the race and believing and that’s what we did.
“When your opponent is City, it’s difficult. They couldn’t get rid of us and we couldn’t get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League is not exactly what I wanted but we have to see it as the first step for this team. We have three weeks to prepare for the Champions League final – let’s give it a go.”
Klopp also referenced how this side is more or less the same as last season’s, insisting that the quality of football on show gives him hope for the future. “I know in England people talk a lot about signings but the team that played today played the last couple of weeks were together last year apart from Alisson.
Of course we brought new players in but the majority are the same and they made crazy steps. We closed the gap from 25 points. “This team is at a wonderful age group and we will go again and develop.
People really enjoyed the ride, that’s a very important thing. If you play rubbish football and win something at the end of the season, that’s good for the future to look back on and say you won something, but this team is outstanding. How we improved and always used the next step.
“Congratulations to Manchester City. They played a good season as well. In the last two years they have won 198 points. Not bad! All my respect and congratulations.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Liverpool for pushing his side close. “We have to say congratulations to Liverpool and thank you so much, they pushed us to increase our standards.
“It’s incredible, 98 points, to go back-to-back. We made the standard higher last season and Liverpool helped us. To win this title we had to win 14 (league games) in a row. We couldn’t lose one point. “It’s the toughest title we have won in all my career, by far.”