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Liverpool would have lifted a fake Premier League trophy if they'd won the league

Liverpool FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

Liverpool's heroic efforts in the Premier League title race were ultimately in vain as Manchester City were crowned champions again. 

Just for a moment - and literally no more than 60 seconds before Sergio Aguero's equaliser at the AMEX - it looked as though the season was set for the most dramatic of finales. 

However, the Reds can take solace in the knowledge that they have created history as runners-up. 

With 97 points, Jurgen Klopp's men smashed Manchester United's record (89 pts) for the highest tally without winning the title. 

Losing just once all season, it was the draws against Leicester, West Ham, and Everton that have cost them a first triumph since 1990. 

City's 4-1 win at Brighton was effectively a formality, one which has spelled the end for Chris Hughton. 

So, with few really expecting Liverpool to come out on top, Premier League officials very wisely decided to have the trophy at the ready down on the coast. 

That meant Pep Guardiola and his players could be presented with it at full-time, before heading back to Manchester to parade it in front of their fans in an after-party at the Etihad. 

But if Liverpool had done it, they also had a podium ready away at Anfield - but no trophy. 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

As per the Daily Mail, the usual protocol is that a helicopter is on standby to transport the cup across the country in situations where the title race has gone down to the last day. 

Instead, on this occasion, Liverpool would have been given a replica. 

The photos would have looked exactly the same, but Jordan Henderson wouldn't have actually got his hands on the trophy at long last. 

As it transpired, the fake version was not needed as goals from Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, and Ilkay Gundogan saw City become the first side to win back-to-back titles since Manchester United in 2009. 

There is, of course, one final opportunity for the skipper and his team-mates to end the season by lifting some silverware, and that will be in Madrid on June 1 against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Were City deserved champions? Have your say in the comments. 

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