Klopp grudge against Maddison

WATCH: Throwback to Jurgen Klopp’s hilarious reaction to Vincent Kompany’s scorcher in 2018/19 Premier League title race

The 2018–19 Premier League season produced one of the greatest-ever title races in the history of the competition and the sport.

Eventual champions Manchester City won the title with a whopping 98 points but were pushed to the absolute limits by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who finished as runners-up with 97 points– the highest total for a team finishing second.

Jurgen Klopp reminisces about an iconic Premier League moment

As Klopp enters the final weeks of his nine-year tenure at Anfield, the German manager has been doing interviews, recalling his best moments during this span.

Speaking in one such interview with a Liverpool fan channel, he recalled Vincent Kompany’s clutch goal against Leicester on the penultimate matchday of the 2018/19 campaign. Jurgen Klopp mentioned how he was watching that game with hope but saw it vanish in front of his eyes. He said,

“The moment when Kompany scored… I am really happy I did not have a stroke at that moment.

“I know exactly how I was. Lying on the sofa, watching, saying, ‘(James) Maddison! Maddison, block him! Close him down… Pfft!’

Klopp grudged against Maddison and said: “And since then, I don’t like Maddison. And I was angry with Brendan (Rodgers) that day because Maddison should have been taken off, he was tired!”

Having secured a heroic 3-2 win against Newcastle United on May 6, Liverpool were hopeful of Leicester pulling off an upset against City the following day, which they nearly did. However, Kompany’s strike put Pep Guardiola’s men in pole position to win the title on the final day.

Great moments from the 2018/19 Premier League season

Manchester City secured their second title under Pep Guardiola in 2018/19. (Getty Images)

In one of the most memorable and iconic seasons in the modern-day version of the English top flight, Liverpool and Manchester City went neck and neck for the longest time. The Reds had an impressive record with 30 wins, seven draws, and a solitary defeat to City.

Guardiola’s men, on the other hand, lost four games that season but were only involved in two draws, which helped them stay ahead of their rivals. Having secured the title with 100 points just the year before, City were in pole position to do the same but fell short by two points.

Liverpool hosted Wolves on the final day on May 12 and secured a comfortable 2-0 win. However, City only had to match their result and won 4-1 away at Brighton to win the title.