on June 26, 2020
Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions on Thursday as Chelsea’s win over Manchester city ended the Reds’ 30-year wait the English title,with jubilant fans ignoring social-distancing guidelines to converge on Anfield
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hailed Klopp’s transformational impact on the club. “We followed him and believed him,” he said. “It’s been an amazing journey. I’m hoping there is more. We just keep hungry, keep wanting more and following him. “The biggest thing is no matter what, we all follow him, believe in him and he’s taken us to this point.” Thousands of Liverpool fans, many in face masks, streamed towards Anfield despite restrictions still in place due to COVID-19. They lit flares and sang songs. Cars also gathered outside the ground, with some beeping horns as they passed.
As the global pandemic disrupted life in England and led to the suspension of the Premier League for three months, Reds supporters endured a nervous wait to see how the season would be concluded, with some early suggestions it might have been declared null and void, thus wiping their remarkable efforts from the record books.
Thankfully for them, that did not come to pass, and the Premier League’s return this month enabled them to cap their stunning success.
However, because of the measures put in place in response to the virus, the Reds will not be able to celebrate their long-awaited success with their supporters immediately, at least not in the traditional sense.
As with Wednesday’s impressive 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, when they next play at Anfield – against Aston Villa on Sunday, 5 July, and for their two other remaining home games – it will be behind closed doors.
As things stand it also seems unlikely they will be able to partake in any of the usual public events in Liverpool, such as an open-top bus parade around the city.
Liverpool’s triumph represents a huge moment for their fans, who grew accustomed to success in the 1970s and 1980s, including a run between the 1972-73 and 1990-91 seasons in which they only failed to finish first or second in the league once.
They have not been without silverware in the past 30 years, winning three FA Cups, four League Cups, a Uefa Cup, the Champions League twice – the latest coming last season under Klopp – as well as three Super Cups and one Club World Cup.
However, since Kenny Dalglish led them to the First Division championship, they have had to endure three decades without league success, during which their record tally of titles was surpassed by rivals Manchester United, who have 20 to their name.
It was during this period that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson famously revelled in having “knocked Liverpool off their perch”
Players celebrated together in a team hotel while fans gathered outside Anfield as the emotion of the occasion overflowed on Merseyside.
Manager Klopp says sealing the title was ”more than he ever dreamed of.
“It’s the best thing I can imagine and more than I could have ever dreamed of,” the Reds manager said afterwards as he fought back tears of emotion.
“I have no words, it’s unbelievable. It’s much more than I ever thought would be possible, becoming champion with this club is absolutely incredible.”