The long wait is over as Liverpool’s 30-year top-flight title drought ended following the heavy win against Crystal Palace 4-0 and after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea to confirm the Reds as Premier League champions for the first time in three decades. It is Liverpool’s 19th top-flight title and their first since 1989-90 in the wake of a virus-hit season.
The Reds, who are also the current World Club and European Champions, secured a 25-point lead in the top division of English club football in March before the season halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the delay, Jurgen Klopp’s men have shown incredible eagerness to win when the season returns behind closed doors earlier this month, sharing spoils with Everton in the goalless Merseyside derby.
“I have no words. It’s unbelievable,” Klopp told Sky Sports in an interview after the Chelsea win. “It’s much more than I ever thought, to become champions with this outstanding club is unbelievable.” They will be given a guard of honour in their next fixture, which coincidentally comes against City, the champions prior to them and the current second-placed side, at the Etihad Stadium
Liverpool have enjoyed an impressive season that has seen them beaten just once in the league so far against the then relegation-placed side Watford in February. They have also made and surpassed almost all sorts of record in the league, including the largest held by a champion in English top-flight history, with their 23 points at the top of the league with seven games remaining.
They are also the earliest side has ever won the title, surpassing the feat of Manchester United in 2000-01 and Manchester City’s ‘centurions’ of 2017-18 that both clinched the league with five games left. “I haven’t waited 30 years, I have been here for four-and-a-half years, but it is quite an achievement, especially with the three-month break because nobody knew if we could go on,” Klopp said.
Fans gathered at Anfield, as more than 5,000 arrived in cars and on foot, to celebrate the win despite social distancing measures and city Mayor’s urge to celebrate at home. The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand. They waved flags and scarves, honked their horns and fireworks were lit the moment the final whistle blew in Stanford Bridge.
However, because of the health protocols put in place and agreed upon by the league’s governing body and the UK government, the Reds will not be able to celebrate their long-awaited success with their fans anytime soon, at least not in the traditional sense. Liverpool’s triumph represents a huge moment for their fans that also waited for long to witness the team win a title.
Meanwhile, following their defeat at Chelsea, City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their title success, while number of Reds players, including goalkeeper Alisson, defender Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, were seen in a footage at 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa celebrating together after watching the Chelsea-City game.