It’s taken thirty years. One-thousand, one-hundred, and fourty-nine league games. Under eight managers. With five painful second-place finishes. And one global pandemic.
But as of today, finally and for the nineteenth time overall and for the first time in three decades, Liverpool are league champions. Champions of England.
Champions for the first time since the creation of the Premier League in 1992. Champions of England’s top flight for the 19th time since the club was founded in 1892.
Champions of England just shy of five years after Jürgen Klopp arrived in October of 2015, and one season after the German led them to a historic sixth European Cup.
Champions of England just shy of ten years after Fenway Sports Group bought a club on the brink of administration with Roy Hodgson their manager in the autumn of 2010.
Champions five years after Jordan Henderson replaced club legend Steven Gerrard as captain, becoming the 45th permanent captain in the club’s storied history.
Champions of England led by Europe’s premier attacking trio of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.
Champions with an unheralded but indispensable midfield core built around Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner.
Champions backstopped by Joël Matip and Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson and local hero Trent Alexander-Arnold and the best centre half in the world, Virgil van Dijk, and the best goalkeeper in the world, Alisson Becker.
Champions who might not have won without the contributions of players like Adrian, who filled in for an injured Alisson early on. Or players like Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Divock Origi who came through in key moments.
Champions who recorded 97 points in the league last season only to come up short—the best season ever for a side that finished second.
Champions who are 23 points clear of the next best side, Manchester City, the side that just edged them to the title last season. They’re 37 points clear of rivals Manchester United. Forty-three clear of Arsenal. Forty-five of Everton.
Champions with 86 points and seven games still to play. Champions with more games left to play than any side in English top flight history. Champions likely to break the hundred-point barrier. Champions who could claim a record 107-point season if they win out.
Liverpool are champions today. Again. Finally. Officially.