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Liverpool win Premier League title after 30 years

LONDON, Jun 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 9:53:58 AM IST

Thirty years of hurt came to an end for Liverpool when they were confirmed as Premier League champions on Thursday courtesy of second-placed Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.

The result at Stamford Bridge means Liverpool have an unassailable 23-point lead over City with seven games left.
Liverpool were last champions of England when they won the old First Division title in 1989-90 after which a decline in fortunes saw Manchester United and Arsenal, then Chelsea and Manchester City seize power.
Inspirational manager Juergen Klopp has rekindled the Anfield flame though and delivered the club’s 19th top-flight title, one behind arch-rivals United’s record of 20, after finishing runners-up to City in a thrilling race last season.
As the Chelsea game moved into stoppage time at an empty stadium in London, 350km away outside Anfield Liverpool fans began lighting red flares as the celebrations began in earnest.
Also watching from afar was an emotional Klopp. “I have no words, it’s unbelievable and much more than I ever thought would be possible,” he told Sky Sports after being congratulated by Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish, manager of the 1989-90 title winners.
“It’s easy to motivate this team because of our great history. It’s pure joy for me to coach them.”
In the last 12 months Liverpool have won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and World Club Cup, but regaining their status as top dogs in England, something that was almost a given in the 1970s and 1980s, was the priority.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a three-month suspension of the season and delaying Liverpool’s coronation, they have won the title with a record seven games to spare.
They eclipsed the mark jointly held by Manchester United (2000-01) and Manchester City (2017-18), who sealed their respective titles with five games left.
City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Liverpool.
“Big congratulations for Liverpool,” said the Spaniard, whose title-winning side finished 25 points ahead of Klopp’s team two seasons ago and pipped them by a point last term.
“After 30 years without the title they played every game this season like it was their last with incredible focus. We were not consistent enough,” he added.
Had it not been for the unprecedented stoppage Liverpool were on course to smash the record for the earliest clinching of the league title. Instead, they are now the first team to lift the coveted trophy as late as June.
Liverpool finished last season with nine straight league wins and, after claiming the Champions League by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, began the new campaign in relentless fashion to leave rivals trailing in their wake.
With 28 wins and one defeat in 31 games, Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace and were 25 points clear in February — the biggest lead in Premier League history.
When they beat West Ham United that month it was their 18th successive top-flight win, matching Manchester City’s record, before their hopes of an unbeaten season were dashed by a 3-0 defeat at Watford, a result that was merely a blip.
Leading the charge has been Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian forward who is the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals in all competitions in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen at the start of the millennium.
Salah scored on Wednesday as Liverpool thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield, a result that meant City had to beat Chelsea to delay the inevitable for a while longer.
City were the first team to breach the 100-point barrier in the Premier League two seasons ago but Liverpool are on course to shatter that mark, as well as records for most points at home (55) and most wins in a season (32).
Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1
Christian Pulisic scored for Chelsea in a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday in the Premier League with the visitors finishing with 10 men.
The result means that Liverpool, who thrashed Crystal Palace on Wednesday, have clinched a first-ever Premier League title and a first in England’s top flight in 30 years as Man City can no longer mathematically catch the leaders, whom they trail by 23 points.
Manchester City dominated possession in the opening half-hour, but couldn’t find a goal as the hosts continued to grow into the match.
A mix-up at midfield by the City defence allowed Pulisic to rush on to a loose ball, with the U.S. international charging in on goal and calmly slotting past Ederson to put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute.
The goal was Pulisic’s second in as many games and seventh in the Premier League this season as Chelsea took a 1-0 lead into half-time.
Man City drew level early in the second half on the back of a phenomenal free kick from Kevin De Bruyne after N’Golo Kante had fouled Riyad Mahrez just outside the penalty area.
Pulisic looked to have had his second on the night to restore Chelsea’s lead, but an incredible defensive effort from a sliding Kyle Walker kept the ball from crossing the goalline.
More goalline heroics from Ederson and the City defence looked to have kept Chelsea from taking the lead, but VAR intervened to award a penalty to Chelsea for handball on Fernandinho, with Willian stepping up to dispatch the spot kick for 2-1.
Fernandinho was shown a straight red for having swatted Tammy Abraham’s goal-bound shot away on the goalline and Man City could not find a way back into the match as they finished down a man. Title-implications aside, the win was also a massive boost to Chelsea’s quest to finish in the Champions League places, solidifying the team’s hold on fourth place in the table with 54 points.
LIST OF TROPHIES WON BY LIVERPOOL
LEAGUE TITLES
First Division/Premier League (19): 1900-01, 1905-06, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1946-47, 1963-64, 1965-66, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 2019-20
Second Division (4): 1893-94, 1895-96, 1904-05, 1961-62
DOMESTIC CUPS
FA Cup (7): 1964-65, 1973-74, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1991-92, 2000-01, 2005-06
League Cup (8): 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1994-95, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2011-12
FA Community Shield (15): 1964*, 1965*, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977*, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986*, 1988, 1989, 1990*, 2001, 2006 (*shared)
EUROPEAN HONOURS
European Cup/Champions League (6): 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84, 2004-05, 2018-19
UEFA Cup/Europa League (3): 1972-73, 1975-76, 2000-01
Super Cup (4): 1977, 2001, 2005, 2019
WORLDWIDE
FIFA Club World Cup: 2019

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