Manchester City have won their third English Premier League title in four years after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1.
City’s victory ended any hope Liverpool – 2-0 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers – had of a first championship for 29 years.
City maintained their one-point lead to the very end after the tightest title race for many years.
Brighton stunned City when veteran Glenn Murray powered home a header in the 27th minute.
But City struck back 60 seconds later through Sergio Aguero after fine approach play by Aymeric Laporte and David Silva.
Centre-back Laporte rose high to head City into the lead from a 38th minute corner and they held their 2-1 advantage at halftime.
Goals by Riyad Mahrez in the 63rd minute and Ilkay Gundogan in the 72nd sealed the deal for City and ended a nervous championship run-in.
“It was the toughest title I have won in my career by far,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said.
“We have to say congratulations to Liverpool – and thank you so much, because they pushed us and made us increase our standard.
“To get 198 points in two seasons is incredible. To win the title we had to win 14 games in a row – we knew for the last three months that we couldn’t drop any points.
For about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending.
Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at Brighton.
The Reds were top of the “as it stands” Premier League table, now used widely in this age of instant information, and there was joy unconfined through this iconic stadium.
Fans were punching the air and swirling their scarves. The “Allez, Allez, Allez” chant was being sung with gusto.
The English league title was – for that brief period – heading back to Liverpool after 29 years.
An hour later, after the final whistle blew on the game and on their team’s title hopes, Liverpool fans were still singing but in defiance rather than celebration.
Liverpool had won 2-0 and finished a league campaign with 97 points – a total, up until this season, that was more than any other team had managed apart from last year’s record-breaking Manchester City team.