Liverpool beats Wolves 2-0, finishes second

Liverpool vs Wolves LIVE Score: Tune in for live scores, commentary and updates from the Premier League title race as Liverpool hosts Wolves at Anfield.

Liverpool secured a 2-0 win over Wolves the last time the two sides clashed in December 2018. Can the Reds do the double?

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the final match day Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Wolves played at Anfield.


90'
It's all over. Liverpool claim a 2-0 win but it won't be enough as the Reds finish as the best runners-up in Premier League history with 97 points.

88' Last change of the season for Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Wijnaldum.

87' Salah has a chance to power Liverpool to a more convincing 3-0 win, but his shot lacks venom and barely troubles the 'keeper. That goal could have led Salah to the Golden Boot as him, Mane and Aubameyang are currently tied on 22 goals.

84' Substitutions for both teams: Wolves' Moutinho and Jonny come off for Ruben Vinagre and Morgan Gibbs-White, while Liverpool's Andy Robertson is replaced by Joe Gomez.

81' That brings up Alexander-Arnold's 13th assist, the most by a defender in a single Premier League season.

81' GOAL NUMBER TWO FOR LIVERPOOL! Mane nods in Alexander-Arnold's cross to make it 2-0!

79' Change for Wolves: Adama Traore replaces Doherty.

Cruel stat if you're a Liverpool fan - The last three times a Premier League team has been top on Christmas Day and not won the league has been Liverpool in 2008-09, 2013-14 and 2018-19


72'
That has to be it! Ilkay Gundogan fires a phenomenal freekick from 30 yards out to put Manchester City 4-1 up against Brighton at the Amex Stadium. There's little Klopp's men can do now... 

69' Fantastic save from Alisson! Doherty's clever dummy sees Jota in a great position with just the 'keeper to beat, but Wolves striker can't get past Alisson. Surely the best chance for Wolves thus far.

68' Sparring a couple of decent chances, Liverpool has struggled to seize control of this second half. Wolves have been all over the Reds defence, causing problems aplenty.

65' Uh oh, this doesn't look good for Liverpool. Riyad Mahrez, with a stunning strike, has just put Manchester City 3-1 up against Brighton. Follow that game here - Brighton vs Manchester City LIVE

65' First change of the evening: Origi comes off for James Milner.

63' What a chance for Origi! Mane's cross loops into the box and somehow finds Origi who volleys it, but can't find the target.

61' It appears that James Milner will be coming on soon. Any guesses on who he will replace?

60' Raul Jimenez has a go at goal from inside the box but skies his attempt into the top tier. Quite a selfish move from Jimenez considering that he had Doherty for support right beside him.

54' Terrific play from Wolves here. Jonny Castro latches on to Doherty teasing pass but Alexander-Arnold makes a crucial interception to block his shot. Wolves showing a lot more attacking intent now.

52' Wolves have made a very promising start to the second half. A couple of well-constructed moves sees the side make forays into the opposition box, but the finishing touch is just not there.

50'
Two booking for Wolves in as many minutes. Bennett goes into the book for a foul on Mane, while Jota follows suit for a tackle on Fabinho.

48' How close was that? Salah wins a freekick on the edge of the box and ever single Wolves player is in the box to defend this one. Alexander-Arnold steps up to take the kick and raises his arm to indicate he's going to cross, but goes for the shot instead and manages to find the side-netting.

46' Liverpool shooting from right to left now as we head into the last 45 minutes of the season.

Here are the other results at the half-time stage

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal; Palace 3-1 Bournemouth; Fulham 0-2 Newcastle; Leicester 0-0 Chelsea; Man Utd 0-1 Cardiff; Southampton 1-0 Huddersfield; Spurs 1-0 Everton; Watford 0-2 West Ham.


45'
That brings us to the end of a very, very entertaining first half. Liverpool leads Wolves 1-0 courtesy of Sadio Mane's 17th minute goal. But it won't be enough for the Reds to win the title as Manchester City enjoys a 2-1 lead over Brighton.

44' My word, how unlucky is Matt Doherty! He receives Jota pass Doherty sidefoots it towards the top corner, but is denied by the crossbar. Allison was beaten flat out. Unfortunate, unfortunate for the Wolves.

42' Salah is fouled at the edge of the box and he yells for a penalty, but ref Martin Atkinson says nothing doing.

37' Man City AHEAD! Laporte nods in Mahrez's corner and City now has a 2-1 lead. The noise around Anfield has suddenly dropped a few decibels.

34' Ambitious from Salah. Neves tries to clear a Liverpool corner and his header finds an unmarked Salah on the edge of the box. The Egyptian fires first-time volley but can't find the target.

30' Wolves are beginning show signs of some attacking intent now. They still haven't managed a single shot though.

27' Oh wait, it's all happening at the Amex Stadium! City comes up with a stunning reply as Sergio Aguero equalises for the defending champs. What a roller-coaster of an evening this is turning out to be! Follow that game here - Brighton vs Manchester City LIVE

26' There's a massive roar at Anfield and it turns our Brighton has taken the lead against City via Glenn Murray!

24' Some power on that one! Robertson lets one rip from distance and Rui Patricio makes a fantastic save to deny him.

21' Another stat for Mane: This was his 17th goal at home, only Messi (19) and Mbappe (19) have more goals at home in the top-5 leagues this season.

20' Liverpool surges ahead in a bid to double its lead, but I see as many as SEVEN yellow shirts in the box. Wolves doing all they can to prevent this potent Liverpool attack from extending its lead.

18' The goal takes Mane's tally for the season to 21, one behind team-mate Salah. Oh and Mane has gone past Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

17' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAL! MANE PUTS LIVERPOOL AHEAD 1-0! AS IT STANDS, LIVERPOOL WIN WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE!

Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right takes a deflection and lands kindly for Mane, who busts the back of the net with a clinical finish. Advantage Liverpool!

14' Seventy-six per cent possession for Liverpool here and Wolves are yet to register a shot on target.

9' It's one-way traffic here at Anfield. Liverpool has been piling men ahead, but the Wolves defence has stood strong to hold on. Safe to say that if things continue in the same manner, a goal for the home side isn't too far away.

7' A fine attacking more from the Reds. Origi wins the ball in midfield and plays to Salah who races down the right flank. He tries to dance his way into the box but cannot and finds Henderson. The latter follows it up with a cross, but fails to trouble anyone.

3' It's been a fairly sedate start so far. Salah raced into the Wolves box in the 20th second, but there hasn't been much action since.  Oh and here's a tad unsettling news for the superstitious: Liverpool is shooting toward the Kop in the first half.

1' KICK-OFF!

7.25 pm: Is there one final twist in the tale? Will Mohamed Salah do an Aguero and score a stoppage-time winner and lead Liverpool to the title, will City have already sealed the title by then, or will we witness a super unlikely one-off playoff? All answers in 90-odd minutes from now. Stay tuned!

STAT: Liverpool was the last team in England's top league to be leading in the last week of the season and losing the championship in the 1988/89 season. Can the Reds undo that today or is it a sign of what's to come?


7.15 pm:
We're less than 15 minutes from the tie, ladies and gents! Here's what Klopp said before the game: "We just have to focus on ourselves. It would be a great day if we finished on 97 points, but we are obviously hoping something else happens too. We can be proud in any case." Do you think Klopp will have someone stationed at the Amex to report on City's game? Hmmm.. 

In other news, we are also less than 30 minutes away Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings! Follow the LIVE updates here.


7.00 pm:
So either Liverpool or Man City will lift the title this evening. But where is the Premier League trophy at? Is it at Anflied or the Amex Stadium where defending champ City plays? Where is the Premier League trophy - Man City-Brighton or Liverpool-Wolves?

6.45 pm: Liverpool's defensive mainstay Virgil Van Dijk refuses to give up hope, especially in a week that saw Liverpool recover from a three-goal deficit to overcome Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in their incredible Champions League semifinal.

 

"It is on, but you have to be realistic. The way City have been playing all season everyone should expect them to win. But you never know and the only thing we can do is focus on beating Wolves, because that is a very big task as well," he said. More on that here - Anything is possible on the final day, says Van Dijk

6.30 pm: LINE UPS LINE UPS! And here's the biggest news of them all, Mohamed Salah is back on the pitch!

Liverpool XI - Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Origi, Mane. Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri.

Wolves XI -  Patricio; Boly, Bennett, Coady; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Johnny; Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore, Kilman.

6.30 pm: There is a possibility, albeit remote, that the Premier League champion could be decided by a playoff match. Sounds bizzare? We give you the breakdown on that - How a playoff could decide the Premier League champion

6.15 pm: Did you know? Since the 1992-93 season, the Premier League title has been decided on the final day nine times! Here, we take a look at five of the best final day finishes. Five of the best final day finishes in the Premier League

6.00 pm: City, on 95 points, has won its past 13 Premier League matches to wipe out a seven-point lead for Liverpool and is on the brink of becoming the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009.

Klopp's men, with 94 points, have recovered from a mid-season stumble to record eight straight victories and are agonisingly close to their first English top-flight title since 1990. Klopp will have to re-focus his players' minds on their clash with Wolves at Anfield after their semifinal heroics against Barcelona as they cling to the hope that City will slip up.

“We will again try to collect the bones and go again against Wolves,” said Klopp, who also has fitness doubts over Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson to deal with.

Hello and welcome ladies and gents for what promises to be one of the most exciting evenings of English football. It all comes down to this. Will we witness some last-gasp action? Will Mohamed Salah do an Aguero and score a stoppage-time winner and lead Liverpool to the title, will City have already sealed the title by then, or will we witness a super unlikely one-off playoff?

Liverpool's clash against Wolves, who have had a stunning campaign to finish in the top-10 in their first season after promotion, will be a tantalising fixture. Stay tuned for live updates.