The 2018-19 Premier League season is over and Liverpool came oh so tantalizingly close to winning their first league title in 29 years, losing just once and earning 97 points along the way but in the end coming up one point shy of Manchester City.
Any sadness over that will be mitigated by two things. One, there’s a Champions League final on June 1st to look forward to. And two, Liverpool have built a formidable team of players mostly in their primes and this won’t be the last we see of them.
For this season, though, this was the last Anfield will see of them. It was an ending even if it might not be the ending. There’s that final to look forward to and most of them will be back, bolstered perhaps by a new signing or two over the summer.
So there was a celebratory if slightly bittersweet mood as the players, manager, and staff did their lap around Anfield to celebrate the season—the lap they do after the final home game of every season, saying goodbye to another year.
There were the cheers, the tears, the awarding of honours—a Golden Boot for Alisson and a shared Golden Ball for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané—and the children of the players playing out on the pitch as the Kop cheered them on.
For most, this isn’t the end. Not quite of this season and certainly not in Liverpool red. But it is the end of a long Premier League season that saw one of the great, all-time efforts by any Liverpool side, ever, regardless that they came in second.
Goodbye to the 2018-19 Premier League season. It’s been a hell of a ride, and that ride isn’t over just yet.