In Focus: LiveScore's alternative end-of-season awards

Cian Cheesbrough
LiveScore
Conor Gallagher was one of the standout youngsters of the Premier League campaign
Conor Gallagher was one of the standout youngsters of the Premier League campaign

A thrilling Premier League season saw Manchester City crowned champions after a gripping title race with Liverpool.

But while Kevin De Bruyne was named Player of the Season and Mohamed Salah and Heung-Min Son shared the Golden Boot award, there were plenty of other star performers.

To turn the spotlight on some of the lesser-heralded names, teams and moments in England’s top flight, check out our alternative end-of-season awards.

Best signing: Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

While there were plenty of excellent signings, Brentford landing Christian Eriksen on a free takes the gong.

A 13th-placed finish makes it appear as though the Bees were comfortable but there is every chance they may have been relegated had they not signed the Dane on a six-month deal on deadline day in January.

A worrying run of nine defeats in 11 either side of the new year had the Premier League new boys slipping towards danger at rapid pace.

But after securing Eriksen’s services until the end of the season, the playmaker inspired his new team to win seven of their final 11 outings and achieve an impressive finish in their maiden Premier League campaign.

Brentford's move for Christian Eriksen proved to be a shrewd one
Brentford's move for Christian Eriksen proved to be a shrewd one

Scoring one goal and claiming four assists, the former Tottenham and Inter Milan ace became an instant fan favourite in West London.

And given the 30-year-old star's remarkable return to England following the harrowing events of last summer, his fine form was a fairytale story everyone could enjoy.

Honourable mentions: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham), Luis Diaz (Liverpool), Marc Cucurella (Brighton), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle).

Best youngster: Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)

Another hotly-contested shortlist is topped by Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher, who made his big Premier League breakthrough on loan from Chelsea.

While he impressed during a previous spell at West Brom, it was this season under Patrick Vieira that forced everyone to sit up and take notice of the 22-year-old midfielder.

With bundles of energy in the Palace engine room, Gallagher showed his quality going forward on countless occasions while also getting involved in the uglier side of game.

Chipping in with eight goals and five assists in all competitions, his fine campaign even earned him international acclaim as he made his senior debut for England against San Marino.

While Palace will be desperate to lure him back to Selhurst Park next season, he looks more than ready to become a star at parent club Chelsea.

Honourable mentions: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Tino Livramento (Southampton), Michael Olise (Crystal Palace).

Biggest overachievers: Brighton

A fine season for Brighton saw them achieve their first ever top-half finish
A fine season for Brighton saw them achieve their first ever top-half finish

Having flirted with relegation the previous season, a superb campaign saw Brighton achieve their first top-half finish as they claimed ninth.

They also entertained in the process with Graham Potter’s free-flowing and possession-based approach causing even the league’s best teams problems.

An impressive win over Arsenal and a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United were notable moments of a fine season overall on the South Coast.

And with an astonishing 15 draws to their name, there is every chance they could have finished even higher as they narrowly missed out on European qualification.

Providing the Seagulls are able to keep hold of Potter this summer, they could be set to achieve even bigger things at the Amex next term.

Biggest underachievers: Manchester United

It was truly a season to forget for Manchester United
It was truly a season to forget for Manchester United

On the flip side, it is hard to think of a more disappointing campaign than Manchester United’s for an award no team desires.

Last summer's marquee signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane saw many tip the Red Devils to challenge for the title once again.

But a torrid run of results saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked following a 4-1 loss at Watford and things did not get much better under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Suffering humiliating defeats home and away to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, their points total of 58 is the club’s lowest ever in the Premier League era.

Despite a final-day defeat to Crystal Palace, they stumbled into the Europa League by default and incoming manager Erik ten Hag has a big job on his hands to restore United to their former greatness.

Best game: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Supersub Ilkay Gundogan scored two goals in Manchester City's dramatic win 3-2 over Aston Villa to clinch the title
Supersub Ilkay Gundogan scored two goals in Manchester City's dramatic win 3-2 over Aston Villa to clinch the title

Given the context and the importance of the occasion, there was no beating Manchester City’s league-clinching comeback win over Aston Villa as the best game.

While not quite matching their 'Aguero' moment of 2011-12, it still had all the drama to make it a fitting conclusion to a sensational title race.

The Citizens were predicted to have little problem in beating 14th-placed Villa to seal the title over Liverpool but hearts were in mouths when Steven Gerrard’s men went 2-0 up with just over 20 minutes to play.

With the trophy in serious danger of heading to Anfield, a stunning sequence of three goals in five minutes sent the Etihad into raptures as Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned champions once again.

Summing up the remarkable conclusion, the Spaniard simply said: "Today was special."

Honourable mentions: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City, Leicester 2-3 Tottenham, Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool, Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace.

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Premier LeagueBrentfordChristian EriksenCrystal PalaceBrighton & Hove AlbionManchester UnitedManchester CityAston Villa
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