Key Stats As Liverpool Beat Wolves...But Finish Second
Liverpool did everything they could, but fell just short, as a 2-0 win over Wolves on the final day of the season wasn’t enough for them to take home the Premier League title. So what were the key stats from a slightly anti-climactic final day of the season?
Trent Flies Again
It’s fitting that the season ends with a Trent Alexander-Arnold assist, taking him for 12 to the year, the most ever by a Premier League defender. Trent was excellent again today, assisting Mané’s second goal but it was his deflected cross that also set up the first. With three key passes, three out of three tackles, 0.23 xA and managing a great defensive block too, this was a solid all-round game for Trent, who was unlucky not to end up with more than one assist.
It would be unfair though not to also mention Andy Robertson, the only LFC player to create a big chance in this game with his cross to Gini, and who finishes on 11 assists for the season. Trent and Robbo have made an incredible team, and deserve so much shared credit.
Main Man Mané Strikes Again
Speaking of sharing… Sadio Mané scored both of Liverpool’s goals on the final day to take his final tally for the season to 22, allowing him to share the Premier League Golden Boot with teammate Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Sadio has scored 14 goals in his last 16 games, including 12 in his last nine games at Anfield. He’s also now the Premier League’s joint highest headed scorer with six, despite being only five foot nine.
Terrific Season Comes To An End
And so an absolutely terrific Premier League season comes to an end with Liverpool managing to go the entire season unbeaten at Anfield for the second season running – the first time since 1978/9 and 79/80 that they’ve accomplished that feat. Conceding just 22 goals in the process, the least any Liverpool team have conceded in the Premier League era, and winning 30 games, the joint most in LFC history.
But It’s Not Enough…
I hate to finish on negative stats, but sadly, the ultimate definition of this Premier League season is that Liverpool didn’t get over the line in the title race. That means that for the third time in a row that the Premier League title race has gone down to the final day, Manchester City have had to win to win the league and have done just that.
More depressingly, Liverpool are now the third team in PL history to be leading the league at Christmas but not win the league, after Liverpool in 08-09 and Liverpool in 13-14.
It’s official. We are actually cursed.