Jurgen Klopp Reveals Reason for Key Midfielder's Absence From Crunch Brighton Clash

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Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling City side have won their last game of the season at Southampton 1-0 on Sunday (13 May) leaving them with the records for the Most goals scored in a Premier League season (team) (106) and Highest points total in a Premier League season by a team (100) - the first team to reach 100 points in a Premier League season.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, but can rest at ease that a return to the competition is not dependent on beating the Spanish giants.

"It's a almost ideal season for us".

After Dejan Lovren doubled Liverpool's lead with a powerful header before the break, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson grabbed their maiden goals for the club in the second half.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes he can now enjoy the "perfect" preparation for the Champions League final after Liverpool confirmed their spot in next year's competition with a 4-0 rout of Brighton.

"We had a lot of injury problems and the group of players which was involved today have to do the job all the time".

"We could have scored more but I am really happy we didn't because Brighton would not have deserved that". I told the boys at half-time if someone from outside described us they would say Liverpool is drama. We have had many more good games than we played last season, some of them outstandingly good performances.

"I'm really proud of the boys, a almost ideal season".

Probed on how Liverpool can bridge the gap to the champions, the German continued: 'We need more consistency, we need to have a little bit more luck with injuries and to be honest we would be closer.

"We have matured and we will do that again".

The 25-year-old's brilliant form saw him pip Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Players' Player of the Year award, and he was then named the Football Writers' Association's (FWA) Footballer of the Year.

He said: "For sure we will do that you can imagine, we need more players here and there, but I am still a big believer in developing and developing a team, and these boys made a big step and I am sure they will take another step".