Liverpool are crowned Premier League Champions after a long wait of 30 years under manager Jurgen Klopp last night. The Scousers all around the world were sitting in front of the TV to witness the moment of being champions again after such a long wait and they started celebrating right after the final whistle. They were thrilled with joy as Manchester City finally dropped points against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. Chelsea won 2-1 which gave Liverpool the all-important league title.
After a spectacular season and setting a margin of 24 points with number two in the table Manchester City, it was only a matter of time for Liverpool to lift the trophy. A draw against Everton in Merseyside derby on their first match after COVID-19 break only delayed the inevitable.
It’s been five seasons since Jurgen Klopp took the charge of Liverpool’s dressing room, and all this time he has been headed in this direction and the fans wanted only one thing which is – The much-desired title of English Champion. After losing the title for just one point to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last season, the fans were heartbroken.
From the beginning of the season, it seemed the players were determined to do everything to win the trophy and their effort was reflected very much resulting staying unbeaten till match 28. Before losing an away game to Watford by 3-0 on February 29, 2020 Liverpool just drew 1 match and won 26 matches, dropped just 2 points in 27 games. This consistent performance helped them to secure a healthy lead from the second position Manchester City and eventually lead them to win the silverware.
Jurgen Klopp, The Architect behind the success
After taking the charge of Liverpool on Oct 8, 2015, Jurgen Klopp has transformed this Liverpool side from a mid-table club of EPL into one of the most powerful sides in the world. The success didn’t come overnight and the Pool fans had to wait for five seasons to have a taste of the elusive EPL title.
In 2015/16 Liverpool ended at 8th position on the table and Klopp started to build his team right from the end of the season. He brought Sadio Mane from Southampton, the first piece of the puzzle. Mane has scored 78 goals and provided 34 assists so far in his Liverpool career including 15 goals and 9 assists in EPL 2019/20. Liverpool also signed Joel Matip as a free agent in this transfer window. Klopp ended 4th position on the table at the end of 2016/17 season and he went on to strengthen his team even more.
In the next transfer window, he signed Andrew Robertson from Hull City, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal and most importantly, Mohamed Salah from AS Roma in a bargain of £35m. Salah right from the beginning formed a formidable trio with Mane and Firmino. Despite the signing of Salah, Klopp faced a setback when one of the key players, Philipe Coutinho decided to leave for Barcelona in the winter transfer window of 2017/18. Coutinho was an important player of Klopp’s side and he tried his best to keep him at the club, but failed eventually.
“Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour.
Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”– Jurgen Klopp to Coutinho
After losing Coutinho to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp signed Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton as the most valuable defender in the winter transfer window, who was another important piece of the puzzle. Liverpool reached UCL final in 2018 and was beaten by Real Madrid, caused by a poor display by Liverpool goalkeeper Lloris Karius. After that final, Jurgen Klopp went on to strengthen his squad even further by signing Allison Becker from Roma for a record transfer fee for a Goalkeeper.
Becker was probably the most important piece of the puzzle. Coutinho’s departure came as a blessing to Liverpool as they utilised the money gained from Coutinho deal were used to sign the most valuable defender and goalkeeper in two consecutive transfer windows. Klopp also brought Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to bolster his midfield and bench. In 2018/19, Klopp’s Liverpool won the UCL title despite losing the EPL by just one point and they had to wait one more season.
With the players he signed, along with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold (who was promoted under Klopp from Liverpool U18 team), Georginio Wijnaldum, Jurgen Klopp implemented his Gegenpressing style, and established a tactical supremacy to defeat any opponent.
All those players under Klopp became a crucial part of their league winning campaign this season. If you look at the statistics, beside Mane, Salah has scored 17 goals and provided 7 assists in EPL this season so far. Allison has managed to keep 14 clean sheets in 22 appearances in the league this season, with conceding just 11 goals. Andrew Roberson(1 goal and 12 assists in EPL 2019/20 so far) and Trent Alexander-Arnold(3 goals and 12 assists in EPL 2019/20 so far) has been two key players of this team and Henderson, the club captain has become the backbone of Klopp’s midfield.
It is safe to say, Jurgen Klopp with his eye to find the right talent for the team, man-management skill and tactical brilliance have made this victory possible and he will be here at Anfield to win more trophies in future
Liverpool are crowned Premier League Champions: The Obsession for it
“It’s our time to win the Premier League”Mohamed Salah after Liverpool’s victory against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.
Last season after winning UCL, Mohamed Salah said in an interview that he wants to win EPL title because the fans at Liverpool want that trophy more than anything. By this, you can understand Liverpool fan’s obsession with the trophy.
Once Liverpool used to rule over other English clubs with their domestic as well as European success. They were the winners of English league for the most number of time(18) until their arch-rival Manchester United surpassed them in 2010/11 when they won their 19th English Championship title under Sir Alex Ferguson. When Liverpool won their 18th title back in 1989/90, Manchester United had only 7 titles. It was during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure as Red Devils’ manager when he ended Liverpool’s dominance in England and established the era of Manchester United.
Even though Liverpool still holds the record of becoming the European Champions most number of times(6) as an English club, the fans were much more obsessed with the Premier League. One of the reason is they have never won the English title after it being named as Premier League since 1992 and the Scousers had to tolerate countless troll and mockery in social media or public by their rival fans. And probably because they didn’t win the trophy for 29 seasons, which is a long long wait from a fan’s perspective.
In between all these years, during the pre-Klopp era, they came closest to the trophy in 2013/14 when they lost to Manchester City by 2 points. Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was the highest goalscorer of that season in EPL and Raheem Sterling had a brilliant display too. But soon after both Suarez and Sterling left Anfield for more trophies, just like a few years ago Fernando Torres, one of their legends left for Chelsea to win more trophies. May be Liverpool fans were tired of losing their legends to other clubs due to lack of success and they wanted it desperately, and for them winning English Premier League was an even greater success than winning UCL.
After all those years of waiting, Liverpool have finally won the English Premier League, and they won it with utter dominance. They have a point gap of 23 after match 31, and they have won the league title with 7 matches in hand.
Nothing could be more satisfying for any Liverpool fan to win the title after waiting 30 long years with such authority. Liverpool face Manchester City next week as their first game back after becoming champions.
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