Premier League table LATEST: Man City crowned CHAMPIONS ahead of Liverpool
MANCHESTER CITY claimed the Premier League title after beating Brighton on the final day of the season – leaving Liverpool still looking for their first championship since 1990.
However City were quickly back on level terms and then in front, before securing a 4-1 victory on the south coast.
City sealed back-to-back titles for the first time and their fourth overall in the modern era.
And Liverpool were left asking how they missed out afer just one defeat all season.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Guendogan gave City a comfortable victory in the end after a brief moment of panic in the visiting ranks when Glenn Murray’s header gave Brighton a surprise 27th minute lead.
Argentine striker Aguero, whose last-gasp goal secured City’s first Premier League title in heart-stopping fashion seven years ago, levelled 83 seconds later and Laporte’s thumping header put City ahead before the break.
With Liverpool, who began the day one point behind, leading against Wolves, the Anfield club would still have hoped for something extraordinary to happen in the south-coast sunshine.
But when City winger Mahrez drove an unstoppable shot past Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s despairing dive just past the hour and Gundogan’s majestic free kick found the net in the 72nd minute the City fans could get the party started.
City have now won four league titles in eight seasons but captain Vincent Kompany, whose sublime shot earned a crucial 1-0 win over Leicester City on Monday to keep his side’s fate in their own hands, said this was the most satisfying of them all.
“Back to back, it was the hardest and most satisfying ever. Liverpool were exceptional this year. I don’t mean to rub it in – they didn’t deserve to lose,” Kompany said.
“But we played against such a good team all season and until now we were able to stay in front.”
Spaniard Guardiola can now became the first manager to claim the English domestic treble if City beat Watford in next week’s FA Cup final, having already scooped up the League Cup.
Premier League results
Brighton 1-4 Manchester City
Burnley 1-3 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 5-3 Bournemouth
Fulham 0-4 Newcastle
Leicester 0-0 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
Manchester United 0-2 Cardiff
Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield
Tottenham 2-2 Everton
Watford 1-4 West Ham