Manchester City retained the Premier League title in style yesterday, holding their nerve to come from behind and thrash Brighton to hold off a charging Liverpool after a nail-biting campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s team won 4-1 at Brighton to finish with 98 points — the second-highest total in Premier League history — as Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish a single, agonising, point adrift.
City, who strung together 14 league wins at the end of the season, are the first side to retain the title since their bitter rivals Manchester United managed the feat in 2009, and remain on course for the first domestic treble in English football history.
But Guardiola’s team did not have it all their own way as they won a fourth English title in eight seasons and the sixth in the club’s history.
A day of drama on England’s south coast was in keeping with an astonishing season in which the lead switched hands time after time.
Liverpool drew first blood yesterday, with Sadio Mane striking in the 17th minute to put them mathematically top of the table and on course for their first English top-flight title since 1990, before the Premier League era even started.
City fans’ nerves were shredded even further when Glenn Murray put Brighton in front from a corner in the 27th minute, drawing a huge roar at Anfield.