Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany paid tribute to the efforts of Liverpool this season after his side won an epic Premier League title race on Sunday.
Kompany lifted the Premier League trophy for a fourth time in his City career after a 4-1 victory at Brighton on the final day of the season.
The three points at the Amex secured the trophy for Pep Guardiola’s side, pipping Liverpool to the silverware by a single point after a title race of the most incredible quality.
The Reds managed the third highest points total in Premier League history but were forced to settle for runners-up, and Kompany admitted that City had never been made to work harder for a title.
‘It was the hardest and most satisfying Premier League title win ever,’ the Belgian told Man City’s official website.
‘Liverpool were exceptional this year and I don’t mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn’t deserve to be second this year.
‘But it only makes me that much more happy that we’ve been up against such a good team and when our backs were against the wall we kept finding the results.
‘We won at the Etihad against Liverpool and I think that made the difference and once we got our noses in front, we were able to stay in front. I’m so happy for myself, the team and our fans.’
City’s 2-1 victory over the Reds in January did prove the difference, after the sides drew 0-0 at Anfield in October.
The loss in Manchester was Liverpool’s only defeat of the season as the Reds amassed eight more points than any runner-up had ever previously managed in the Premier League.
In comparison, City lost four games, but drew just two while Liverpool were held to seven stalemates over 38 games. (Metro)