Liverpool showed new levels of brilliance this season as they set a  club record for points accumulated during a league season and booked their place in the Champions League final.

The Premier League season ended on Sunday as Liverpool won their final game of the season against Wolves while Manchester City clinched the title with a win over Brighton.

The Reds won 97 points across the 38-game season, setting a club record for the most points won by a Liverpool side in any league season in history.

Jurgen Klopp.

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This incredible season could still end with silverware as the Reds will now prepare for a Champions League final which will take place in Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

That aside, Klopp will be overjoyed with the progress his side has made this season and will look at a few players and be impressed by the individual progress they made.

Joel Matip, who began this season on the fringes of the matchday squad and fourth in the central defensive pecking order, has ended the Premier League season as second choice only to Virgil van Dijk.

Joel Matip.

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His reading of the game has improved massively and even if Jurgen Klopp is tempted into splashing the cash on someone like Matthijs de Ligt, Matip will challenge for a starting place again next season.

If it weren’t for Manchester City’s excellence, the Cameroonian would be remembered in Premier League history as part of one of the best defences it has seen.

Another player that has raised his performance levels drastically this season is Jordan Henderson.

Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp.

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The skipper is a contentious figure in the dressing room and always seemed to be a magnet for criticism when deployed as a holding midfielder alongside or instead of Fabinho.

 

However, since Klopp permanently switched the Englishman to a box to box role in front of the Brazilian, fans have been unanimous in their appreciation for his talents in that role.

Had the former Sunderland midfielder been deployed there in crucial games where Liverpool dropped points against Manchester City and United or against Everton, the Premier League title might have gone to the Reds.

Jordan Henderson.

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Having said that, it’s not fair to place the blame on Klopp but it’s totally fair to praise him and Henderson for the Liverpool stalwart’s increased performance levels over the last six weeks.

The most improved player at Liverpool this season must be Sadio Mane as the Senegalese forward dragged his attacking teammates to the Premier League finish line.

If it wasn’t for his purple patch at the start of the year, City would have won the title with several games to go instead of needing a win on the final day of the season.

Sadio Mane

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Mane won the Premier League Golden Boot alongside Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 22 goals this season.

The former Southampton man only scored 10 times in the Premier League last season and was 20 goals off Salah who claimed the Golden Boot last year as well.

His rise to prominence in this Liverpool side is hugely encouraging as it shows that Klopp has several players who will rise to the fore in difficult situations.

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