After 30 years of nothing, Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without touching a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift.
Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday. Their 28th win in 31 league games this season prompted Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to say “now is our time to win the league” and 24 hours later his wish was granted. Liverpool got the favour they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Willian’s 78th minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.
They would have won the title earlier if a mistake had not occurred. The Brendan Rodgers led team infamously squandered a golden opportunity to win the title in 2014 when Reds captain Steven Gerrard made his costly slip in a late-season defeat against Chelsea but Klopp’s team are deserved champions after an incredible campaign that ended in record-breaking style with a much awaited win.
Liverpool have surpassed all other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of the remaining five games for City and Manchester United. It has been a long time for Liverpool fans around the world that their team has won the coveted title, but the coronavirus epidemic forced them to close after being banned by the Premier League as a team in March from Klopp being the only two Siege away from the title and end a long piece that looks like a curse.
The three-month wait was the last stop on the long road from Liverpool back to the top of English football, and the team and fans were happy to return at some point.
Liverpool FC, who are now one title behind Manchester United’s English record track of 20, are on course to beat Manchester City’s record points total of 100 set in 2017/18.
A repeat of this feat means Klopp’s men could smash the record for the biggest winning margin set by City when they finished 19 points clear at the top in that same season.
They are also within touching distance of the most victories in a Premier League season — 32 by City in 2017/18 and 2018/19 which is a record high. When Dalglish led Liverpool to the title in 1990, the prize Shankly once described as the club’s “bread and butter” was almost taken for granted after two decades of dominance.
Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool. They brought the Champions League title home last season when they beat Tottenham in the final game just barely 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition to give madrid another win in the competition.
Liverpool spent years trailing the shadow of arch-rivals, Manchester United during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson before being dusted by the massive spending of Manchester City and Chelsea on players pf high cost and value which really served the duo as their games changed and so did their result.
The club manager, Klopp who happens to be the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s reawakening since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.
Since his entrance in the club, he has been Infusing his players with a belief in his style of football and high tempo game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish to mention a few.
He promised to get a title within the four years of his stay at Liverpool and thanks to Chelsea’s win over city made that promise a well kept one as fans rejoiced when Liverpool were declared winners of the Premiere League.
During an interview, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp said: “Imagine if the stadium could have been full and people could have experienced that live. It would have been amazing. “This game will last a while in my mind, this is what we want to be. We cannot play like other teams, but we can play pretty good stuff.”
With the new restrictions and game rules which says matches should be played with utmost care taken due to the corona virus outbreak, it is expected that Klopp’s frustration that matches are being played behind closed doors at present will fade in time.