Liverpool FC won their first-ever Premier League title on Thursday, June 25, ending a 30-year wait to clinch the trophy.
Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday, June 24, to put themselves 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
The Red’s title win was confirmed the next day following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Man City, meaning Liverpool could not be caught.
Liverpool have now won 19 top-flight titles in their history and are just one title behind rivals, and all-time record-holders, Manchester United (20).
The long wait for the Premier League came as a relief for the players, who posted videos of their celebrations together on social media, manager Jürgen Klopp and the fans.
Following the coronavirus outbreak in England, Premier League matches were suspended between March and June. The tense wait for Liverpool fans to see their club lift the Premier League trophy was in doubt when debates took place amongst Premier League clubs about whether to null and void the season.
But Liverpool’s eventual title win saw the club leave behind years of heartbreak. The Reds finished as Premier League runners up on four occasions in the past 30 years, including last year when they won 97 points and finished second to Manchester City.
The club has won three FA Cups, two Champions Leagues and four League Cups since their last English league title, which came in the 1989/90 season. But lifting the Premier League was the ‘pinnacle’ for the club according to club chairman, Tom Werner.
In a statement addressed to the fans after Liverpool secured the Premier League, Werner said: “I know that our supporters struggled for 30 years to reach this pinnacle. My first thought was to just share that moment with our supporters because, without them, the club is nothing.
“As Jürgen said, our supporters provided such an incredible contribution to winning the league – not just this year, but every year.
“My hope is that all of us who are supporters of the club can take a moment today and this week to safely celebrate what is a remarkable achievement.”
“I just know that the league is extremely competitive and when we first became involved in Liverpool over 10 years ago, we were not even thinking about winning the league. Our dream was to just become top four and make it to the Champions League. “
A number of fans gathered outside Anfield and Pier Head, Liverpool, on Thursday where flares and fireworks were set off to celebrate the Red’s title win. Further celebrations also took place in the city centre on Friday. The win was an emotional moment for Liverpool fans and signified a moment of relief after the 30-year wait.
But their actions disregarding safety and social distancing guidelines in the city have been criticised in a public statement by the club.
In a joint statement, Liverpool FC, Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council said: “Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday, June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.
“Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.
“The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.
“When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continue to be our number one priority.”
On the pitch, Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top of the table with seven fixtures left to play.
The Reds could still break the highest ever Premier Leauge points tally if they win their remaining games and could set numerous records, including the most wins in a Premier League (32) and the largest points difference between first and second (19).
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be determined to reclaim a successive Premier League title next season for the first time since 1984 when Liverpool won three consecutive top-flight titles.
They will face tough competition from a Manchester City side focussing on domestic titles following their expulsion from the Champions League after failing to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules.