Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.
Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as 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.
The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.
Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.
Liverpool got the favor 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 canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.
Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.
It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.
The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.
Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.
The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.
And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.
Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.
It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.
Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.
Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.
Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.
It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.
Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.
But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.