Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Live matchday blog
Liverpool wrapped up their 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield, thanks to a Sadio Mane brace. Ultimately, it was not to be as Manchester City clinched the title; however, the Reds ended the campaign with a 97-point haul having suffered just one loss all season.
Liverpool 2-0 Wolves: Jürgen Klopp's reaction
Klopp: "This club is in the best moment for a long, long time and it will not end because one team has a point more."
Klopp: "21 clean sheets is quite impressive, well deserved [for Alisson]."
Klopp: “No, I am not worried or whatever. That was the season we played and next season we will play a different season. As long as City are around with the quality they have and the financial power, it’s not that any other team will pass them easily. We have to be very, very close perfection to win the Premier League. We made extraordinary steps and I expect more to come.”
Klopp: “We can decide how we deal with it, which information we take out of it. Nobody else. If we are ready to take the next step, we will take the next step. That’s the plan from tomorrow onwards.”
Klopp: “Everyone knows we will go again, 100 per cent, but in this moment, when you really want something, you feel the disappointment.”
Klopp: “Our season was good, an incredible season, and unbelievable season. Really exceptional.”
Klopp: “Mixed [emotions]. First of all, I have to say congratulations to Manchester City. They’ve played an incredible season; we did as well, but they won it, so congratulations to Pep and all of Manchester City.”
The entire Liverpool squad embarked on their traditional post-match lap of appreciation following the final whistle to show their thanks to supporters for the backing they have been given this season.
❤️ https://t.co/ZjRBW6TDvy— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 16:30
Reds, thank YOU. 👏🔴 https://t.co/LP1QD8sWHG— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 16:22
Mohamed Salah's young daughter has ran onto the pitch and rolled a ball into the goal, resulting in loud cheers from everyone inside Anfield.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are presented with the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals this campaign, along with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
21 league clean sheets for @LFC this season - the most by the club since 2005-06 (22).— ged0407 (Ged Rea) 12th May 15:59
Alisson Becker is presented with the Premier League Golden Gloves award after tallying the most clean sheets in the division in 2018-19.
And here is how the table finishes at the top, with Liverpool finishing just one point behind league winners Manchester City following an incredible campaign.
Here's how the afternoon unfolded, as told by Opta stats...
Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
It's all over at Anfield as Liverpool wrap up their 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A goal in each half from Sadio Mane was enough to see the Reds conclude their season by reaching 97 points and suffering just one loss all campaign.
However, Manchester City's 4-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion means they take the title.
Jürgen Klopp's side do, however, have a Champions League final to look forward to in just under three weeks' time.
An additional two minutes to be played at the end of the game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on for Gini Wijnaldum for the final moments.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided 12 assists in the Premier League in 2018-19: the most by a defender in a single campaign in the competition.
Joe Gomez is on for Andy Robertson.
Off the bar!
Van Dijk loops a header goalwards from a deep delivery from Alexander-Arnold. It hangs in the air for a while before landing against the bar and bouncing away.
GOAL! SADIO MANE!
Our No.10 is on target again - and it's an Alexander-Arnold assist again.
The full-back hoists a ball in from the right and Mane is on hand to glance it beyond Patricio with his head.
Salah has a snap-shot blocked on the edge of the area by Bennett.
Traore comes on for Doherty for the visitors.
Manchester City now lead 4-1 at Brighton.
Robertson stands up a ball towards the back post, where Wijnaldum arrives but can only hoist over the bar.
Salah's shot inside the area is blocked.
Jota heads goalwards from close range - but it's straight at Alisson.
Jota gets in behind, but his close-range attempt is thwarted by Alisson's sprawling save.
Decent opportunity for Wolves, but Jimenez - thankfully - cannot connect properly from eight yards out after another low ball from Doherty.
Manchester City have extended their lead at Brighton to 3-1.
Origi makes way for Milner at Anfield.
Much better from the Reds, but Origi's shot on the spin following a counter-attack takes a deflection and goes over the bar.
Milner is being readied to come on for the Reds.
Jimenez arrows an effort just over the near post.
Robertson has a low ball into the box hacked away by Coady.
Now Alexander-Arnold has to block an effort from Jonny inside the box.
The visitors are looking a threat.
Henderson has to cut out Doherty's ball into the area before a Wolves attacker can reach it.
Jota now booked for a foul on Fabinho.
Bennett goes into the book for a poor challenge on Mane.
Alexander-Arnold whips a free-kick around a Wolves wall and into the side netting from a tight angle.
Back under way...
Wolves re-start the game at Anfield.
Here's how the table looks at the halfway stage of the final day. Man City's 2-1 lead at Brighton means they will be crowned champions as it stands.
The tale of the first-half tape...
Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sadio Mane's goal after 17 minutes is the difference between the teams at the break, but the visitors have given the Reds plenty to think about here at Anfield.
One additional minute to be played at the end of the first half.
Wolves hit Liverpool on the break once more and Doherty's side-footer from just inside the area skims the crossbar and goes behind.
Manchester City have taken the lead at Brighton, where the scoreline is 2-1 in their favour now.
Wolves are really beginning to threaten here and Jimenez's low cross evades everyone in the middle.
Salah pounces on a half-cleared corner and whacks a volley over the crossbar from the edge of the box
And Manchester City have immidiately equalised on the south coast, so it's 1-1 down there now.
Anfield erupts twice as news comes through of a goal for Brighton against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium - firstly incorrectly and, secondly, correctly.
We willl, of course, keep you posted.
Robertson cracks one goalwards from the corner of the area; Patricio beats it to safety for the visitors.
Sadio Mane (21 goals) is the first player to score more than 20 goals in a single Premier League campaign without any coming from the penalty spot since Luis Suarez (31) and Daniel Sturridge (21) did so, also for the Reds, back in 2013-14.
Salah almost - almost - latches onto Coady's header back towards Rui Patricio, but the goalkeeper just manages to get there first.
GOAL! SADIO MANE!
That's the start Liverpool wanted as Mane side-foots them into the lead.
It comes a via lovely exchange from Henderson and Alexander-Arnold down the right, which results in the latter crossing low for our No.10 to slot in at the back post.
'We're going to Madrid...' is booming out from the Kop now.
A lively start from Liverpool inside a very lively Anfield. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Origi registers the game's first shot, scooping a volley goalwards on the turn, but it's a comfortable take for Rui Patricio.
The Reds walk out to a SUPERB Anfield atmosphere. 💪🔴 #LIVWOL https://t.co/D34Ywh8aCL— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 14:02
And we're off...
We'll know the destination of the Premier League title in the next couple of hours as Liverpool get us under way at Anfield, attacking the Kop in the first half.
Come on you Reds!
The teams emerge from the tunnel to a loud din inside Anfield.
Anfield is currently bouncing to Allez, Allez, Allez.
There's a fantastic vibe around the stadium ahead of kick off.
#LIVWOL 🔜 https://t.co/xkgytkUveE— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 13:47
Delighted to welcome @ArnotStMary, Gwladys Street, @PrimaryFaith, @stmatthewscps and St Johns’s to #Anfield on our… https://t.co/JdaV3cBwZc— Red_Neighbours (Red Neighbours) 12th May 13:37
A lovely day for it. #LFC https://t.co/Nr3nkN9QB4— GlennPrice94 (Glenn Price) 12th May 13:30
The Reds are active! #LFC 🔴 https://t.co/rt3h5NE6Qf— clemente_carl (Carl Clemente) 12th May 13:35
For the final time at Anfield this season... Here come the Reds. 💪🔴 #LIVWOL https://t.co/3VzttM4q5o— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 13:12
Inside the LFC dressing room...
AB 50 👊 🙌 @Alissonbecker makes his 5⃣0⃣th appearance for the Reds. 🔴 https://t.co/sPZIbDYTNB— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 13:08
Opta expect the sides to line up like so...
Here's how Wolves line-up for this afternoon's @premierleague fixture against @LFC. #LIVWOL 🐺📋 https://t.co/8jn7ZPBfqn— Wolves (Wolves) 12th May 13:00
There are two changes for Liverpool for the final-day showdown with Wolves.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah replace James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri in the line-up.
Andy Robertson has recovered from a knock to start in defence and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Origi.
Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri.
Matip on the mic...
Pre-match media obligations are handled by Joel today...
No matter what happens today it's been an incredible season so for for the redmen and I'm proud to be a #LFC fan al… https://t.co/Pl2SpyVZFm— Sheena_McS (Sheena McStravick) 12th May 12:24
Always nice to bump into the greatest bunch of lads to ever exist on the way to the ground. https://t.co/FpzykqS4OK— AntOH1988 (Anthony) 12th May 12:24
Countdown to kick-off
Join us live at Anfield as we build up to the big game with previews, interviews and team news...
It's a beautiful day for some #PL drama... #BHAMCI #LIVWOL https://t.co/JG3DsXJZkS— premierleague (Premier League) 12th May 12:17
🔴 One last time at Anfield this season. This Means More. #NewBalance #NBFootball @LFC https://t.co/bb0Dz5nGOe— NBFootball (New Balance Football) 12th May 12:00
On this day...
If you're of a certain generation, this'll make you feel old... sorry.
18 years ago today, Liverpool came from 1-0 down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup final in Cardiff, thanks to two late, late Michael Owen goals.
It was the second of three trophies the Reds collected that incredible season, with a dramatic UEFA Cup success following days later over Alaves in Dortmund, adding to the already-secured League Cup.
Klopp: Another big moment would be cool
A remarkable week of football concludes this afternoon and Klopp retains hope there could be more memorable scenes on the Premier League final day.
But, he insists, Liverpool can only concentrate on claiming three points against Wolves.
"It was a week of, I'm not sure miracles, but of big football moments," he said at his pre-match press conference.
"From our point of view, there could be a big football moment for us as well on the weekend. It would be nice. The week is not over yet, Sunday counts to this week not for next week. So, of course we go for that.
"But nothing changed really, we knew it before. I think most of the people expected me to sit here today and say, OK, after not being in the Champions League final it's pretty difficult to become champions. Now we are in the Champions League final it's still difficult to become champions.
"But the only thing we can do is to win the game."
On route to #Anfield what will be will be! What a team! What a season!! @LFC #YNWA 👌⚽️👏— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 12th May 11:33
Good buzz about Anfield earlier as the title race comes down to the last game. #LFC #premierleague 🔴 https://t.co/irWfZ7jbNf— NeilMellor33 (Neil Mellor) 12th May 11:46
Mohamed Salah goes into the final round of Premier League games as the front-runner for the Golden Boot award he won 12 months ago.
Liverpool's No.11 is two goals clear of his teammate Sadio Mane, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 22 for the season so far.
Alisson Becker, meanwhile, is neck and neck with City's Ederson in the race for the Golden Glove. Both Brazilian golakeepers have recorded 20 clean sheets to date in 2018-19.
For one last time this season... https://t.co/NgM9Hnxtul— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 12th May 11:24
Origi: It's not finished yet
After three crucial goals in the past two games, Divock Origi is hoping for another dramatic twist at Anfield this afternoon.
"It's going to be exciting and it's going to be an unbelievable experience. We know this!" the striker says in the official matchday programme.
"I think regardless of whatever is happening around us, it's just nice to see us in this position, so let's enjoy this day.
"And we know that when we enjoy things, there are always special things that happen.
"We will reflect on things at the end of the season. But of course we are hoping for the best. It is not finished yet."
Our final @premierleague game of the season is upon us... UP THE REDS. 🔴🔴 https://t.co/BimrCume2b— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 10:38
He's our centre-half...
... and he's the Premier League Player of the Season.
Congratulations, Virgil van Dijk!
The odds are in
BetVictor offers the following match prices for today's game.
Liverpool - 1/3
Draw - 19/4
Wolves - 19/2
Click here for more details.
Never give up
An iconic moment adorns today's matchday programme cover.
Pick up a copy at Anfield or subscribe online here.
Two greats. One title. #PL https://t.co/VkVU73O3gC— premierleague (Premier League) 12th May 09:45
Well it’s come down to this day🙏🤞heart says LFC,head MCFC.Strange things happen in footy,We need a big one today.Wh… https://t.co/iwNk7m2LwQ— Realaldo474 (John Aldridge) 12th May 09:44
The last league game of the season today. All season, we’ve been privileged to watch one of the best Liverpool side… https://t.co/II5VJV7shG— SpionKop1906 (Spion Kop 1906) 12th May 09:43
A 38th Premier League match of the season, a 38th Liverpoolfc.com matchday blog weather update of the campaign.
It's a bright morning in Anfield with scarcely a cloud ruining the blue sky above the stadium - the temperature is currently 13 degrees and is expected to rise slightly by kick-off.
Jacket weather, in our opinion.
Last day of premier League, and Oliver has his new @LFC kit on. He's been in hospital since Oct 2nd and has an ope… https://t.co/16gGTl5ji0— Cgelly76 (Chris Geldard) 12th May 09:32
Looking to use up a few minutes in the wait for kick-off?
Well, our final Missing Men quiz of the Premier League season will certainly test your memory/knowledge - can you remember the Liverpool starting XI from a final-day clash with Wolves in 1976?
Click the graphic to reveal the answers...
"These are the sentiments of the entire dressing room." @JHenderson's final matchday column of the @premierleague… https://t.co/HZu1HGrkX1— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 09:16
The LFCTV build-up from Anfield will get under way with a special breakfast show from 10am BST today - tune in via YouTube below, or on LFCTV, Twitter and Facebook.
Some key facts and figures you should know ahead of kick-off...
- If Salah maintains his position as the league's top scorer today, he will be the first Liverpool player to be the outright leading goalscorer in the top flight in successive seasons
- In the Premier League era, the Reds have won 10 and drawn two of their final league games of the season played at Anfield
- Salah and Virgil van Dijk could become the first outfield Liverpool players since Martin Skrtel in 2010-11 to feature in every match of a Premier League season. Alisson Becker is also on course for an ever-present league campaign
- The Reds could go unbeaten at home for a second successive league season for the first time since 1979-80
The last league meeting
When Liverpool went to Wolves in the Premier League in December, goals from Salah and Van Dijk secured three points for the visitors at Molineux.
Relive the highlights of that one below...
"Whatever happens, we are what we are because we have come together and we have all played a part. This is Liverpoo… https://t.co/woosIPbbvR— LFC (Liverpool FC) 12th May 08:18
Our cameras went behind the scenes at Friday's training session at Melwood as the Reds prepared for the Premier League finale. Take a look at footage and photos below...
#LFC Whether we win the PL, CL, both or neither, it has been a phenomenal season for this team which I now genuinel… https://t.co/UASD7pfg59— MyCarNeedsScott (Scott Hamilton) 12th May 08:22
We invite supporters attending the final game of the 2018-19 season at the home of the European Champions League fi… https://t.co/mAKO9ftZEN— SFoodbanks (Fans Supporting Foodbanks) 12th May 05:01
The manager's view
Catch up with Klopp's thoughts on the final day of the title race, and the challenge posed by Wolves, in his pre-match press conference at Melwood...
Second v seventh
Compare all the numbers recorded by these two sides in their previous 37 Premier League matches this season with our interactive Opta tool below...
Jürgen Klopp is hopeful he will be able to call on Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah today after respective injuries during the past week.
Roberto Firmino remains sidelined, however.
Wolves, who are already guaranteed seventh place in the Premier League, have no new fitness concerns ahead of the trip to Anfield.
Anfield's greatest night?
Liverpool could not have had a bigger boost coming into this game than they experienced on Tuesday night.
A 4-0 win over FC Barcelona. A place booked in a second consecutive Champions League final. A match nobody will ever forget...
Sadio Mane has scored more home goals than any other #PL player this season (16) #LIVWOL @LFC https://t.co/dsGANHuaDP— premierleague (Premier League) 12th May 06:31
We will fight! Come on, lads. Last one! #YNWA 🔴👊🏾 https://t.co/EAZNQXGf74— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 11th May 21:09
One more push... 💪🏻🔴 #premierleague #believe #weareliverpool https://t.co/XCS2NsrDt1— JamesMilner (James Milner) 11th May 19:17
How it stands
So Liverpool trail reigning champions City by a point before a ball is kicked this afternoon.
The equation is straightforward: the Reds must beat Wolves at Anfield and hope Pep Guardiola's side do not take three points at Brighton and Hove Albion if they are to be champions.
Here's a reminder of the Premier League standings and today's full schedule...
Whatever happens next. A season to remember. One more game 👊 https://t.co/90MOIIM3fB— LFC (Liverpool FC) 11th May 20:00
Here we are, then, the final day.
After 37 games each, the Premier League title race will be decided in the 38th and last round of fixtures - with Liverpool aiming to leapfrog Manchester City at the summit and clinch the trophy by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.
We'll be keeping you updated throughout the day with pre-match build-up, all the action as it happens, and reaction from the stadium.