Liverpool beats Wolves on day that saw hope replaced by agony

    Liverpool has enjoyed a stunning season -- but not enough to win the title

    (CNN)Ninety-seven points. One defeat. Second place.

    A day of anguish at the end of a fascinating, record-breaking, unprecedented season.
    There was, for a short time at least, ecstasy. But ultimately, Sunday afternoon would become one of painful agony for Liverpool fans worldwide. A curious kind of heartache, though.
      For this has not been a title lost or an opportunity blown, but a race fought from first day to last. And at the end of it all, a contest won by Manchester City on the day that a marathon became a sprint.
      Liverpool's final points tally would have won the Premier League in 25 of its 27-year existence -- bettered only by this City side of the last two years.
      For Jurgen Klopp, it is a statistic that makes the final result easier to accept, though even harder to understand.
      "People might say we could have done this or that but not really, I don't think [we could have done any more]," he told Sky Sports. "City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. It was about staying in the race and believing and that's what we did.
      "When your opponent is City, it's difficult. They couldn't get rid of us and we couldn't get rid of them. Being second in the Premier League is not what I wanted but we have to see it as the first step for this team. We have three weeks to prepare for the Champions League final - let's give it a go."
      Liverpool fans watch on with hope at Anfield
      A 2-0 win against Wolves will succumb to the archives. It is the winners who are remembered. And Pep Guardiola's City side did what a champion does -- and in some style.
      However, there was a spell -- albeit a short, fruitless time -- when all appeared to be pointing tentatively in Liverpool's favor.
      When Trent Alexander-Arnold's cut-back on 17 minutes was met with the decisive thud of Sadio Mane's right boot, Liverpool climbed above its great rival.
      When Glen Murray nodded in to give Brighton a shock lead at the Amex Stadium on England's south coast, the roars from the Anfield faithful could well have been heard among the seagulls more than 250 miles away.
      But, perhaps appropriately in a season that has seen both Liverpool and City raise one another with win after win, Sergio Aguero equalized almost as quickly as his team had fallen behind. A rumbling Anfield turned, if not to a hush, then to a series of murmurings.
      And when City marched into the ascendancy through an Aymeric Laporte header, the sense of foreboding had begun further north. Liverpool, sharp and fast early on, became sloppy and edgy. Very possibly feeling the effects of an extraordinary week that began with a famous 4-0 win over Barcelona, Liverpool became slower.
      For long spells, Jurgen Klopp's outfit was indebted to Alisson, the Brazilian goalkeeper who has played such a key role in making Liverpool a far sturdier side than