Liverpool has done it. They have finally won their first English Premier League title, which has eluded them for nearly three decades. The modern Premier League was established in 1992 after it was called the Football First League Division over the previous 100 years. Liverpool, despite winning two Champions League titles during this time, could never get over the hump and capture that title, even during the long career of club legend Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool has had several chances over the past few years but fell just short. 2014 and 2019 were particularly heartbreaking. In 2014, Liverpool had a seven-point lead with three matches to go but gave it away with a loss and two draws to relinquish the title to Manchester City. This collapse included a loss to Chelsea where Gerrard slipped and gave up a wide-open goal to Demba Ba. Then, Liverpool blew a 3-0 second-half lead to Crystal Palace and drew 3-3. Even with Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and a prime Daniel Sturridge, they could not finish the job.
2019 was also heartbreaking for Liverpool. Manchester City defeated Liverpool 2-1 on January 3, 2019, with a late goal from Leroy Sane. Man City would win their last 15 matches, staying one point ahead of Liverpool the entire time. Vincent Kompany’s goal in the second to last game vs Leicester City sealed the title for Man City. Despite Liverpool earning 97 points and winning the UCL, it wasn’t enough to capture the league title.
With that said, none of it matters now. The ghosts of Gerrard’s slip and past failures are now nothing but a distant memory. With Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Man City Thursday evening, Liverpool finally clinches their first Premier League title with seven games to spare. Liverpool also beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in their most recent game, avenging their brutal 2014 draw.
Liverpool, managed by Jurgen Klopp, put together a fantastic squad that made themselves the top club of Europe and now, England. A rock-solid defense anchored by Ballon d’Or runner-up Virgil Van Dijk and Copa America Golden Glove goalkeeper, Alisson, keeps opponents in check as they have conceded a league-low 21 goals. They boast a brilliant front line to dominate opposing defenders with Roberto Firmino, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. That is topped off by the best fullback duo in the world in Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. They are the best all-around club in the world and they won with a fantastic, all-around team.
Liverpool dominated the Premier League to capture this title they so richly deserve. They conquered Europe last year. This year, they conquered England. Congratulations to Liverpool on winning the 2019-20 Premier League title.