Thirty years. Three decades. A generation and a half. It’s a long time to wait for anything. It’s an especially long wait for a title for Liverpool—who pride themselves as being the biggest club in England.
And just when the waiting seemed like it’d be over...corona. Pandemic. League postponed. Social distancing. Lockdown.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has not had to wait all 30 years for a title. Today he celebrates his 4th year at the club. Still, the wait for the title was far too long.
“What makes it more beautiful is that I do it with a club like Liverpool, that waits for 30 years,” Gini explained in an interview with the club’s official website, “That’s too long for a club like Liverpool and that you can give that to the fans… as a player you know how desperate the fans were for the Premier League and that makes it even more beautiful.
“I’m really happy, first of all because now we can put our hands on the trophy and we get our medals so that’s a good feeling. Also because I thought that after the game when we are champions we would get it immediately, but they told us that we have to wait! So we waited a lot of games but finally we can enjoy the moment.”
I really dig the kid-being-told-to-wait-to-open-Christmas-presents vibe from Gini here.
Gini, along with fellow 2016 summer signings Sadio Mané and Joel Matip, helped oversee Jurgen Klopp’s transformation of the squad from thoroughly mid table to clearly the best in the league. He now gets to celebrate 4 years at the club with the prize fans have wanted the most: lifting the Premier League trophy.
Wijnaldum, the rest of the squad, and the fans watching from home today will no doubt enjoy the celebration. It’s well deserved. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long before the next shiny thing is lifted.