After a 30 year wait in the wilderness, finally Liverpool have their hands on the English Premier League title.
Without kicking a ball, Liverpool’s advantage was cemented as their old foes, Chelsea, did them a favor by beating second placed Manchester City in an enthralling encounter at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea opened the score board with a goal from Pulisic after a horrendous mix up between Gundogan and Mendy. In the second half, City came off the blocks more determined and with fire in their bellies. Riyad Mahrez was fouled a few yards off Chelsea’s penalty area. Kevin De Bryan stepped up to take the free kick, which he dutifully converted with an absolute belter leaving Kepa Arizabalaga distraught.
Raheem Sterling hit the upright and missed a golden chance to extend Manchester City’s lead. On the other end, Pulisic had his chance cleared off the goal line by Kyle Walker. Against the run of play, Chelsea created a chance that led to goal mouth melee. After being reviewed by VAR, Fernandinho was found guilty of deliberately handling the ball. The referee sent him off, and awarded Chelsea a penalty that was dispatched by Willian.
The 2-1 loss for Manchester City meant that, with seven games to go and a gap of 23 points, Liverpool’s lead is unassailable. They become the first premier league team ever to be declared champions with seven games to spare.
In what has been an almost perfect season for the reds from Merseyside, Liverpool have only lost one game so far this season in the premier league. Their front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane have been revered throughout the season. Trent and Robertson have become one of the most recognized and respected wingbacks in the world.
After losing the title by the skin of their teeth last season, the reds are now champions in waiting. 30 years of being mocked and ridiculed, the Kop faithful can now boisterously thump their chests and blow their trumpets.
When Jürgen Klopp walked through the Shankly gates, he said he came to turn doubters to believers. Well, four and a half years later, there is no doubt whatsoever about who are the 2019/2020 premier league champions.
Author: Jectan Oitang’or
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