Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut a forlorn figure after his side fell short of their maiden Premier League title on Sunday, with Manchester City retaining their crown.
The Reds finished second with an impressive 97 points, after losing just once the entire campaign – having clocked 29 years since their last league triumph earlier in the week.
This was despite holding their end of the bargain by winning 2-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, while their title rivals had an early scare away at Brighton, falling behind before hitting back emphatically to win 4-1.
Speaking after the match, the German said his side had tried all they could to push Man City, and didn’t believe they could have done more.
“People might say we could have done this or that but not really, I don’t think (we could have done any more),” he told Sky Sports.
“City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. It was about staying in the race and believing and that’s what we did.
“When your opponent is City, it’s difficult. They couldn’t get rid of us and we couldn’t get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League is not what I wanted but we have to see it as the first step for this team.”
Liverpool now shift their focus to the Champions League final, where they take on Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday, 1 June.
“We have three weeks to prepare for the Champions League final – let’s give it a go.”