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Liverpool defied all the odds to finish third in the Premier League, a hugely impressive end to a desperate season littered with injuries to a number of vital players.
Virgil van Dijk has been out of action since October's Merseyside Derby against Everton at Goodison Park, while Joe Gomez lasted just a month longer before picking up a season-ending injury while on international duty.
Even third choice defender Joel Matip has been unavailable since January, since the opening day of the season until last Sunday's victory over Crystal Palace, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has used 20 different central defensive partnerships.
Speaking as part of Sky Sports post-match coverage at the Etihad as Manchester City were crowned champions for the third time in four seasons, Gary Neville couldn't hide his shock at Liverpool's final position as he looked at the table.
The United legend was stunned as he said: "Have they finished third? How has that happened?!"
Neville went on to concede he was being tongue in cheek, explaining: "No I was only joking then, but honestly for them – losing van Dijk, it had a massive impact on Liverpool but it probably had a massive impact on City as they knew Liverpool couldn't come back from it, they were out.
"They knew once Liverpool were out there was no one else who were equipped to compete with them, for Liverpool to come back from those six home defeats on the bounce, I mean wow.
"The champions losing six on the bounce at home, to come back the way in which they have – you have to give them real credit."
Jurgen Klopp's side ended up finishing just two points off of second-placed Manchester United, a remarkable feat considering the Reds languishing as low as seventh at one point during the campaign.
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