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’30 Years and Now We Have The Premiership Title!’

’30 Years and Now We Have The Premiership Title!’

By Elijah Allotey

It’s an amazing feeling, we are Champions! Nobody would have thought back in 1990, we’d have to wait 30 years.

I’m a patient fan from south east London and started supporting Liverpool back in 2001. All my other friends supported Manchester United or Arsenal and the odd one or two liked Chelsea. 

I wanted to be different. I remember watching a game, I can’t remember against who, and thinking wow Gerrard and Owen are amazing. I was instantly hooked.

Sure we won other trophies but the league was what we always wanted and opposition fans would always tease us with “yeah sure, next year will be your year”.

I’ve seen many managers in that timeline. Gérard Houllier, Rafa Benítez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and finally Jürgen Klopp. 

I generally liked all of the managers in that list apart from Roy, I just never saw eye to eye with him but in terms of connection I’ve never felt closer to the club than I do with Jürgen Klopp at the helm.

The passion he shows on the field and with the players is amazing. He referred to himself as the “normal one” in his first interview and challenged us as supporters “to change from doubters to believers”. Trust me, we do believe!

I was always on board with Klopp but now after four years I’m over the moon. We’ve come a long way but the hunger and the desire the players show on the pitch is phenomenal. 

Last season we won the Champions League and got so close to the league title, amassing 97 points, losing only once and scoring 89 goals but lost out by one point. That was hard to take. It reminded me of the 2008-2009 season and 2013-2014 season. So close, yet so far. 

Now looking over Klopp’s four years in charge there were many factors that propelled Liverpool into the force they are today, from the signing of the defensive juggernaut which is Virgil Van Dijk to the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool fans celebrating their first title in 30 years. Credit: Shaun Donnelly; Unsplash.

Liverpool have been impressive in their movements as a club as a whole but for me the one that stands out is Sadio Mane. He signed for the club on the 28th June 2016 for a fee in the region of £30 million.

Before his move to Anfield, he had netted 25 goals in 75 appearances for Southampton over two seasons. He has scored 78 goals for Liverpool in 174 appearances, winning the golden boot last season (22 goals) sharing it with Liverpool team mate, Mo Salah, and Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

His form this season has seen him score 15 goals at a rate of 0.6 goals every 90 minutes he’s on the field. His assist for the equaliser at Villa Park this season was pure brilliance. His winning header was even better, snatching victory in the final minutes of the game.

His goals have won Liverpool 18 points over the season from his winning goals against Bournemouth, the stunning strike against Norwich or his effort against West Ham. He has so far had a hand in 32% of Liverpool’s goals which is a great record.

Klopp failed in bringing Mane to Borussia Dortmund but joining him up alongside Firmino and Salah has seen Liverpool assemble one of the most attractive front 3 units in World football. When Liverpool have these players on song they are devastating. 

I love what Klopp said in his interview after Man City’s loss confirming Liverpool’s first title in 30 years. “Becoming a champion with this club is absolutely incredible. Knowing how much Kenny (Daglish) has supported us. It’s for him. It’s for Stevie. And now it’s for all.”

It really is for all!

July 3rd, 2020

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