But Southampton still ended up celebrating as their narrow defeat combined with Swansea's 2-1 defeat by Stoke City guaranteed them Premier League football next season. 'The most important thing is that we won [against Brighton] and we are in the Champions League again next year, because everyone deserves that.
City have set competition records for wins, goals scored and points acquired during their march to glory in 2017-18, although little of their usual panache was in evidence during a listless opening half at St Mary's.
With Man City now having wrapped up their third Premier League title, questions are being asked as to exactly how any team could even think of challenging them next season.
There were five seconds remaining of their final match away to Southampton when Kevin de Bruyne launched the long ball towards Gabriel Jesus that would win him the new "Playmaker" award for the player with most assists.
"You cant say they are a great team yet, they've given us great moments this season but great teams go on to win successive titles, great teams are successful in Europe", he said. "It's so special. It's never happened before in the Premier League and to have three digits of points is fantastic".
"To be fair they could do worse than maybe have him for a season to sort out the culture in there".
"He told me that he is happy with what I am doing".
During the day's celebrations the players and staff can clearly be seen enjoying themselves with several alcoholic beverages, as is befitting a team who have just won any kind of trophy whatsoever. "We have a lot of fantastic players and it has been a pleasure to play alongside them", he said. Director of football Txiki Begiristain praised the 24-year-old for his development between the sticks.
After the high of signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, the North London side failed to secure a single point on the road in 2018 until their final day win at Huddersfield.
Those who watched him closely during his time with AS Roma knew that Liverpool were getting a player much more lethal and well-rounded than the one which struggled to make an impact at Chelsea, but few could have predicted what Salah accomplished in his debut season with Liverpool.