After finally winning the Premier League after 30 years, Liverpool fans are enjoying every minute of their new-found glory. (Image source: Jorono)
By Marco Krantis | @KrantisMarco
After a 30-year journey, Liverpool (LFC) are the 2019/20 Premier League champions. Liverpool experienced the lowest of lows and the highest of highs during this time, making it even more worthwhile for fans to finally see their team lift that coveted trophy.
The journey has been difficult, finishing second place in the league four times in the 2001/02, 2008/09, 2013/14 and 2018/19 seasons.
Many a time the league was in their hands, yet they failed to capitalise on it. Liverpool came into striking distance in 2014 with Brendan Rodgers, manager from June 2012 to October 2015. They were five points clear at the top of the league with only three games left.
What can only be described as capitulation occurred next. Just before half time in the third to last game with the score 0-0, club legend and captain Steven Gerrard lost control of a back pass, slipping over and allowing the ball to fall in the path of Chelsea Striker Demba Ba. Ba was isolated with the keeper and calmly scored.
Liverpool did everything they could to break down Chelsea’s defence but failed to do so, losing the game 2-0. Ironically two weeks prior, to rally his players after a close win at Manchester City, Gerrard told them “This does not f*cking slip now!”.
Although, still leading the league by two points after this loss, second-place Manchester City had games in hand. Meaning that, due to their superior goal difference, if they won their remaining games, they would likely be crowned champions.
The heartbreak and broken spirit were evident in their next game against lowly side Crystal Palace, as Liverpool threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3, with Palace scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes.
Charlie Mavros, avid Liverpool FC supporter, said that due to his team’s performances and lack of quality, he had to bear the burden of a few jokes his way.
“Let us just say, we had ‘Warrior’ as our kit supplier and Lambert, Balotelli and Borini as our front three (no disrespect): going to school and copping the banter wasn’t always enjoyable,” Charlie said.
The following season Rodgers was unable to find the same form with Liverpool sitting tenth in the league in October, resulting in the club turning to Jurgen Klopp on October 8 2015.
In the 2018/19 season, Liverpool again came close with Klopp, coming down to the last day of the season between Manchester City and Liverpool on who would win the coveted trophy. In the end Manchester City prevailed finishing on 98 points whilst Liverpool on 97, the highest ever for a second-place team.
Having their dream ripped away from them again, Liverpool fans can sense a historic rivalry that will be played out for many years to come.
“We have to give credit to Man City. They are an unbelievably exciting team to watch,” Charlie said.
“Both times they have beaten us to the title, it definitely hurt but I think that’s what makes the competition second to none. The rivalry is just getting started, I think.”
No matter how hard they worked, Liverpool seemingly could not get their grasp on the trophy. In the 2019/20 season, Liverpool flew out the gate, going 27 matches unbeaten and leaving a hefty gap from second place.
Even with a near guarantee of finally reaching their goal of lifting the Premier League trophy, a worldwide pandemic hit, sending countries around the world into lockdown.
On March 13, the Premier League was put on a hiatus until early April due to safety concerns around the coronavirus. This was extended beyond May with no official restart date placed over growing numbers of COVID-19 cases across the globe.
Stories by the SBS and GOAL reported that the Premier League were considering cancelling the season, with fan rumours circulating that no winner would be awarded and none to be relegated.
When Liverpool were set to finally reach the end of their 30-year-journey, once again devastation was set to hit LFC supporters around the globe.
However, the Premier League was finally set to restart the season, announcing ‘Project Restart’ with scheduled games returning on June 17.
Fans were not allowed to attend the matches, and strict COVID-19 rules and procedures were put in place.
Liverpool were set to be on track to resume the finale of their journey. Finally, on the 37th game of the season, Liverpool lifted the Premier League Trophy after beating Chelsea 5-3.
Charlie, like many other fans, was ecstatic as his team finally got what had alluded them for so long.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s our first league title in 30 years and to do it in the fashion we have is unreal. “
“Over 20 points clear at the top, current European and world champions; this was the missing piece, “Charlie said.
Though finally achieving their goal, it is still a bittersweet moment being the only team ever not able to celebrate in front of their fans due to COVID-19.
However, LFC fans do not seem bothered by this final obstacle, willing to wait a little longer until they can finally celebrate together.
“For now, we celebrate at home, but when the time comes there will be another parade and party just like last year’s European cup triumph,” Charlie said
“When the times right the party will go ahead! Just ask Jurgen.”
Charlie believes the best is yet to come for Liverpool, and that opposing fans will be seeing his club lifting a lot more trophies down the line.
“The flood gates have opened, as we did in the 70’s and 80’s, Liverpool’s domination is just getting started.”