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  • July 2, 2020

Liverpool ends 30 year wait to win league title

Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title is over after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea to corroborate the Reds as Premier League champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s side needed one triumph to seal the league but City’s failure to win means they cannot be caught.

It is Liverpool’s 19th top-flight title and their first since 1989-90.

Despite being urged to “stay home” by the city’s metro mayor because of coronavirus, thousands of fans gathered at Anfield to celebrate.

A number of Reds players, including goalkeeper Alisson, defender Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, celebrated together after watching the Chelsea-City match. Klopp, wearing a Liverpool shirt and clearly emotional, told Sky Sports: “I have no words, it’s unbelievable.

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“It’s much more than I ever thought would be possible, becoming champion with this club is absolutely incredible.

“I haven’t waited 30 years, I have been here for four-and-a-half years, but it is quite an achievement, especially with the three-month break because nobody knew if we could go on.

As with Wednesday’s impressive 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, when they next play at Anfield – versus 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.

Winning the title was always the main aim for a club which had endured such a long wait to be crowned champions of England again, having earned that honor 11 times between 1973 and 1990.

But having achieved that ambition things could get better yet, with City’s 100-point total for a season one of numerous records Liverpool can still break. Klopp’s side have produced one of the most memorable seasons in Premier League history, amassing 86 points already, with a record of 28 victories, two draws and a single defeat from their 31 games.

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Such has been their dominance, at one stage they led the table by 25 points – a record gap between a side in first and second in English top-flight history.

Steve Carr

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