Liverpool fans were left red-faced after prematurely setting off a flare during their 3-1 win over Wolves on Sunday.
The Reds headed into the weekend's Premier League finale with an outside chance of pipping Manchester City to the title if Pep Guardiola's side slipped up at home to Aston Villa. And Anfield was on tenterhooks after Villa surged into a 2-0 lead at the Etihad – but the reigning champions fought back to deny Liverpool a 20th domestic crown.
At one stage, the Reds knew they needed just one Aston Villa goal to hand them the title – and unfortunately, a number of fans were sucked in by a false rumour that Villa had made it 3-3 in the dying moments.
That led to some eager Liverpool fans setting off a flare in the crowd, but ultimately the Reds were left empty-handed on a dramatic final day in the Premier League. Man City lifted their fourth title in five years after a dramatic turnaround at the Etihad Stadium.
With Liverpool relying on a favour from Aston Villa – who were led by Liverpool favourite Steven Gerrard – the Anfield crowd did their best to keep their side abreast of developments elsewhere and produced emphatic reactions to Villa's goals.
But Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted after the match that the Reds stars were struggling to stay up to date with developments at the Etihad.
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He told Sky Sports after the match: "We didn’t really know what the score was, we heard from the fans but I lost count if you like. We did what we had to do to win the game and we got the job done."
Sunday isn't the first time that Liverpool have fallen agonisingly short behind Manchester City on the final day of the season. But Henderson, 31, shared his pride after taking the title race right to the wire.
He added: "We’ve been in this position before but it's tough. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. We can’t have too many issues, we did absolutely everything all season right until the last day. If you had said we’d be here in January, we would have bit your hand off. I’m very proud of the boys but it’s over yet, we’ve got another game next week. [against Real Madrid]."
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