At Last, Liverpool Walks Alone In England – On Top!

The English Premier League formally ended today, Sunday 26th July, even though the 1st and 20th teams had been known way before now.

Overall league champions Liverpool rounded off their campaign with a 3 : 1 demolition of their hosts Newcastle United with goals by Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane to take their points tally to 99, their highest ever total. They missed the magical 100 points mark because of some lackadaisical play in a couple of matches since games resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown. Second-placed team Manchester City is 18 points behind with 81 points.

The gap between Liverpool and Man City as at Thursday 25th June when Liverpool were adjudged winners of the Premier League was 23 unassailable points – after City lost 2-1 at Chelsea to confirm the Reds as champions. The remaining matches were therefore formalities, at least for the Merseysiders, and they continued playing their matches and receiving champions applause from opposing teams before every match, until they were formally presented with the EPL trophy last Wednesday 22nd July 2020 in their last game at home in Anfield.

 

So, Up Liverpool, whose 30-year wait for a top-flight English title is finally over, with Manager Jurgen Klopp and his side on top of the world.

Millions of their fans around the world are pleased of course, even though in normal times, many of them would have converged on Anfield to celebrate the trophy presentation game, but for COVID-19. But shouts and posts of YNWA, You’ll Never Walk Alone, was in the air and on social media, although Liverpudlians do not shout to be as loud as some other clubs’ fans.

 

It is Liverpool’s 19th top-flight title and their first since 1989-90. They have been champions of England 11 times between 1973 and 1990. They have won other titles in the past 30 years of course – three FA Cups, four League Cups, a Uefa Cup, the Champions League twice, as well as three Super Cups and one Club World Cup. But not the Premier League, the BIG ONE!

Manager Klopp has described their title win as ‘absolutely incredible’ but it was likely to come sooner or later, having missed it narrowly to Man City last season, even though they won the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Captain Jordan Henderson has already been named the Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer of the Year, with team-mates van Dijk and Sadio Mane in the top five of the list along with Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. However, for top scorer this season, unlike last season when both Mane and Mo Salah shared top spot with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Salah and Mane are 5th and 6th on the top scorer list this time around with 19 and 18 goals respectively, yielding top gong to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy with 23 goals.

Liverpool’s 30-year wait for an EPL crown has consumed £1.47 billion, with 239 players and nine permanent managers. But they will tell you today that the wait has been worth it. Jurgen Klopp has been Manager for four and a half of those 30 years but his name will definitely be on the marble when Liverpool legends are mentioned now or in the future.

Anfield

For the fans, players, management and staff, it must have been with bated breath they waited as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted life in England and everywhere, leading to the suspension of the League for three months with the club on top of the table. No one was sure how the season would end, with calls for the whole season to be cancelled, as was done in some countries like France.

Had the season been voided, it would have wiped off all the club’s remarkable efforts from the record books. When they ended today, Liverpool had chalked up 32 wins out of 38 matches, three draws and only 3 losses, while second-placed Man City won 26, drew 3 and lost 9. Their wins equal the record of 32 in a season but they only just missed the biggest winning margin record (19 points) by one, with 18.

Their dominance was mind-boggling, as at one stage they led the table by 25 points – a record gap between a side in first and second on the table.

There may not be the usual public parade and celebrations in and around Liverpool but the fans will confidently enjoy the feeling of ‘Champions At Last!’.

There will surely be more chants of the Liverpool Anthem, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in the next few weeks before 2020 – 2021 season starts.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

1. When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

2. At the end of a storm

There’s a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark

3. Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

4. Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

*You’ll never walk alone

5. Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

*You’ll never walk alone

Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers

You’ll Never Walk Alone lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a9sFd3Ennhs

 

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