Liverpool didn’t quite get the Premier League title the fans were craving, but finishing on 97 points—a total that would have won it all but one other time—and just one point back of Manchester City is nothing to be ashamed of.
Jürgen Klopp’s boys gave it their all, and on the final day of the season there took home multiple individual honours for it, starting off with Virgil van Dijk being handed the Premier League’s player of the season award.
Teammates Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah were fellow nominees along with City trio Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, and Bernardo Silva and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The award was announced by the league shortly before kickoff.
Then, at the final whistle, a clean sheet a two goals for Sadio Mané meant that Alisson Becker won this season’s Golden Gloves award for most clean sheets while Mané shares Golden Boot with teammate Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Of the trio, Mané is the only one to have scored all of his 22 goals from open play, but the league does not look to that or to games or minutes played, and the three attackers will share the award for the 2018-19 season.
Elsewhere in awards and records for Liverpool players, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s assist on Mané’s second today set a new record for assists by a defender in a Premier League season with 12.