A week ago, the 2019-20 Premier League season ended. With Liverpool champions of England. For the first time in three decades. In the midst of a pandemic that almost derailed the season. A year after finishing second—and winning the Champions League.
The club are again on top of the footballing world, and given where they were ten years ago—with nobody sure they could compete for top honours in England and Europe any longer—that’s still a little surreal. For the fans and even for the club’s owner, John Henry.
“Every day I get up, it’s front and centre that we finally won [the league],” Henry said this week. “So, that’s my wish for you, that every morning you get up, for as long as you can, think about what we accomplished this year, and I hope you feel as proud as I do.
“The fact that we are champions of England, champions of Europe, the Club World Cup, the Super Cup is just an extraordinary accomplishment by this organisation and by these players. To be involved with that has really been the capstone of my career.”
Soon, attention will turn to defending their title—having had a week off, it’s now just a week before players return to training and less than four before they’re set to face Arsenal in the Community Shield. For now, though, there’s still time to enjoy the triumph.
Over the past year, this group of players and coaches has won the club’s first Club World Cup, their fourth Super Cup, their sixth European Cup. And now they’ve added the club’s nineteenth domestic league title. After three very long decades without one.
“To the staff, to the players, to all of you who expended so much over these last two years, I just want to say thank you from all of us at Fenway Sports Group,” Henry added. “I know you get this from the fans, I don’t know if you get it from us enough. Thank you.”