In extraordinary terms, Liverpool won the Premier League title this season, with accompanying numbers that prompted the dusting of the history books.
Admittedly, Liverpool deserve their title and the muffled celebrations that have followed the triumph.
The Reds are lifting the title for the first time in 30 years, and in many ways, it was like the old times. They achieved their status as champions gloriously, gliding past opponents in the Division like none other for some time now.
It has been a year full of medals for these crop of players who could have only dreamed of these colorful and confetti-laden celebrations a few seasons ago. In the space of 12 months, Liverpool have won four major trophies. They won the UEFA Champions League last season, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2019, and now the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp has assembled several average players from across Europe and turned them into battle-ready warriors. It has been a downright phenomenal season by all standards, with the only scar being Liverpool’s failure to finish the race in the domestic competitions – the FA Cup and the League Cup.
But that is a prize the Red faithfuls are ready to pay. Lifting the Premier League had been the Holy Grail for Liverpool and after 30 years of waiting and trying 8 different managers, Klopp was the knight who led them to the battle victory.
The way this was done makes it even more magnificent. Seven games remained before season’s end when Chelsea’s win over Manchester City proffered Liverpool their title.
The numbers are even more improbable if you consider how long it’s taken and just how winding the journey has been. It took 30 years of waiting, 240 players used, and 1,975 goals scored.
Klopp has proven the ultimate winning machine, the knight without an indelible mark of failure on the battleground, a manager capable of turning average talents into world-class players and a man who walks the talk.
Now Liverpool will hope to maintain the high standards they have set this season. When the new campaign starts, they must be ready to fight off competition from a scarred Pep Guardiola, the improving Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Soldskjaer’s Manchester United’s free-scoring side of the Projekt Restart.
By Thierry Nyann