It has taken 30 years, 58 days, and the return from a three-month compulsory lockdown caused by a global pandemic but, finally, Liverpool are champions of England once more. The club’s 19th championship and first of the English Premier League era was confirmed after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea yesterday evening.
Following an emphatic demolition of Crystal Palace on Wednesday which put them within two points of the title but that proved formalistic after City’s unexpected slip at Stamford Bridge. The now-deposed Premier League champions trail their successors by an astonishing 23 points with seven matches to go and will be expected to provide a guard of honor when the two clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday. Guards of honor are traditional, not compulsory, and need the cooperation of all parties.
Jürgen Klopp watched the Manchester City game at the Formby Hall golf club together with his players as Liverpool clinched the crown that has eluded them since Kenny Dalglish led the club to its last championship on 28 April 1990.
Liverpool have won the English Premier League title, Champions League, Club World Cup, and Uefa Super Cup within 13 extraordinary months of football and are on course to demolish several domestic records this season, many of which were held by Manchester City. Liverpool have won the Premier League with most games to spare, breaking the record of five held jointly by City (2017-18) and Manchester United (2000-01).
They could possibly end the campaign with a staggering 107 points, surpassing the record of 100 point margin set by Manchester City in 2017-18, most victories in a Premier League season (also eclipsing Manchester City’s 32 from 2017-18 and 2018-19), most home wins and the biggest title-winning points margin.
Manchester City currently holds that record distinction in the English Premier League with 19 points in 2017-18 but the overall record of 23 belongs to Middlesbrough and West Ham when winning the second division in 1974 and 1981 respectively.
Liverpool’s captain, Jordan Henderson will have to wait until late July to lift the Premier League trophy, and while the ban on mass gatherings prevents a parade through Liverpool city center the club is already planning to hold a celebration with supporters when it is deemed safe to do so by the authorities.