Manchester City are Premier League champions for the second season in a row following a 4-1 win over Brighton to fend off the challenge of Liverpool.
Following a run of 13 straight wins put them in pole position ahead of the final round of fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s side knew a victory over the South coast side would be enough to secure the crown once more.
Ahead of the game, Liverpool, who were facing Wolverhampton Wanderers, needed a win themselves and an unlikely favour from Chris Hughton’s side if they were to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.
However, despite going behind, goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan turned the game and ultimately the title race in City’s favour.
After City dominated the opening exchanges, they were hit with a sucker punch on 26 minutes as Glenn Murray headed home from a corner to put the Seagulls ahead.
City refused to dwell on the setback and before the news would have even reached Anfield, Aguero slotted home an equaliser within 90 seconds to restore parity.
Guardiola’s side then took the lead as centre back Laporte powered home a header from a Mahrez corner.
Mahrez then added a crucial third goal in the second half with a stunning drive into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area with just 25 minutes left on the clock.
Gundogan put the icing on the cake with a brilliant free kick on 72 minutes to set the celebrations in motion.
The result sees City become the first team to defend the Premier League since rivals Manchester United a decade ago.
With an FA Cup final against Watford to come, City could become the first team to win an English domestic treble following their League Cup victory earlier this season.
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