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Premier League season review: Who ran the show in 2021/22?

Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title with an epic 3-2 victory over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on the final day of the 2021/22 season.

It took Pep Guardiola’s men a resounding 93 points to be crowned the Premier League winners, only one clear of the second-placed Reds, who were agonisingly close to lifting the title. 

Despite another heartbreak in the title race, Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve the credit for keeping their hopes of completing an unprecedented quadruple alive until the final weekend. 

While the 2021/22 campaign was kind to Man City and Liverpool, others like Arsenal and Manchester United would like to forget it ever happened as quickly as possible. 

Let’s open the gradebook and have a look at a quick summary of another fantastic Premier League season.

Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne

When it comes to the best player of the 2021/22 Premier League season, Kevin De Bruyne ticks all the boxes, even though Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min are also up there. 

The Belgian midfield dynamo delivered another flawless individual campaign despite often being forced to defy injury setbacks and fatigue to keep Man City ticking over in tumultuous times.

De Bruyne tallied 15 goals and eight assists to lead the Cityzens to their second league title on the bounce. 

The 30-year-old netted some precious goals and laid off a season-defining assist to Ilkay Gundogan in City’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Villa on the final day.

Premier League team of the season

(4-2-3-1): Allison; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Cristian Romero, Virgil van Dijk, Joao Cancelo; James Ward-Prowse, Declan Rice; Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min; Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Goal of the season: Martin Odegaard vs Watford

Salah’s brilliant individual goal against Man City, Rodri’s first-time rocket from long range versus Everton and Danny Ings’ stunning bicycle kick against Newcastle United were all special in their own way.

However, the way Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka combined to get Arsenal off the mark in a 3-2 victory at Watford on Matchday 28 was simply outstanding. 

The Gunners forwards exchanged a couple of lightning-quick one-twos on the right-hand side to outplay the entire Hornets defence before the Norwegian slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner. 

Manager of the season: Thomas Frank

Guardiola and Klopp have soaked up the limelight as the best managers in modern-day football, with the two going toe-to-toe and stride-for-stride for most of the season.

Though the two will undoubtedly dominate the official vote for obvious reasons, Brentford boss Thomas Frank has become the first manager in eight years to lead Championship play-off winners to a top-15 finish.

Game of the season: Liverpool vs Manchester City

The new modern-day rivalry between Liverpool and Man City has offered plenty of memorable moments, including an electrifying 2-2 draw at Anfield in October.

After a goalless first half, Guardiola’s side led twice after the interval only to be hauled back by the Reds’ dynamic duo, Sadio Mane and Salah, marking the season’s high point.

A blistering pace, intricate build-up plays, attacking movements and world-class goals on display that day were off the charts in the 2021/22 Premier League season. 

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