Liverpool Season in Review: Quest for the Quad Falls Just Short

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool FC (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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After finishing third in the Premier League last season, Liverpool were back to their best in the 2021-22 campaign.

Besides Jurgen Klopp’s side winning both domestic cups and reaching the finals of the Champions League, the Reds were within striking distance of Manchester City until the final day. However, a late surge at the Etihad saw the Premier League trophy return to Manchester for the fourth time in five seasons.

After a quiet summer that only saw the arrival of Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool began the season relying on individual brilliance from Mo Salah, who scored a remarkable ten goals in his first nine league games, including a hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

However, the early draws played a major role in why Liverpool finished second, as they drew to a 10-man Chelsea, as well as drawing 3-3 to Brentford and 2-2 to Manchester City in two of the most thrilling matches of the season.

After a 1-0 loss to Leicester and a 2-2 draw to Chelsea at the start of the new year, Liverpool caught fire, picking up all three points in ten straight league matches (despite missing Mo Salah and Sadio Mane for AFCON) en route to a crucial contest against Manchester City in April, where a  Mane goal just after the half ensured they received a share of the points.

However, it all came crashing down with a 1-1 draw with Tottenham. Heung-Min Son stunned the Anfield crowd with a 57th-minute goal, while Luis Diaz’s equalizer was only enough for a draw. Liverpool continued their winning ways after this point, gaining nine points in their final three matches, but it was not enough for a league title.

Liverpool led the league with only 26 goals allowed and Allison won the Golden Gloves with 20 clean sheets. Mohamed Salah also earned the gold, winning the Golden Boot and Playmaker of the Season. Besides Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota pitched in with 16 and 15 goals, respectively.