Mohamed Salah was the only Liverpool player to be handed any silverware on Sunday, as Manchester City fought back to lift the Premier League title.
The Egyptian was handed both the Premier League golden boot and the playmaker award shortly after Liverpool beat Wolves 3-1 at Anfield, but unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp's side results elsewhere didn't favour them. Salah followed Harry Kane in scooping up both awards in one season, as the Egyptian finished the league season with a tally of 36 goal contributions across 38 games.
But Salah couldn't have looked less impressed about receiving the awards, and the look of devastation from missing out on the title was etched all over his face. Liverpool had to settle for second place, just one point behind eventual winners City.
Salah began the game on the bench as Klopp was utilising rotation ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday, but the Egyptian came on and scored what looked like the all important goal. But It was already too late when he slotted home, as City miraculously recovered a two goal deficit in the space of eight minutes.
Liverpool had to win, and hope that Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa side could take points off City. And it looked to be going according to plan at one stage as City went 2-0 down at the Etihad Stadium.
But a fast turnaround inspired by Ilkay Gundogan kept the title in Manchester, and voices were muted inside Anfield as dreams were shattered. It's still been a brilliant season for Liverpool, but the winning mentality of Salah showed as he barely cracked a smile when being given his accolades.
Liverpool have already won two domestic cups, and they could still complete a fantastic treble if they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final. But there was disappointment at Anfield after coming so close, although Klopp paid his respects to City.
The Liverpool boss reflected on the game, and said: "Congratulations to Man City and Pep Guardiola. Thank you to Aston Villa and Wolverhampton for making a proper game of it.
"It’s not the result we wanted. It was a bit of a rollercoaster. I don’t know the results exactly but I know they were 1-0 up – where they 2-0 up as well? Of course at the moment there’s disappointment here as well.
"If it’s 5-0 to City after 10 minutes it’s just a normal game for us. It wasn’t our best game either, but it’s all good. 92 points is absolutely incredible. We wanted it all, but now it’s OK.
"[Finishing second] is the story of my life. I’m still record holder for not getting promoted in Germany with the highest points tally. You need to get more points than any other teams, but we didn’t do that.
"You can’t do more than give your absolute best and that’s what the boys did again. We chased the best team in the world to the wire, that’s absolutely special. We’ll build a team again and go again."
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