Chelsea beat Manchester City and give the arithmetic certainty of the title of champion of England to Liverpool, 30 years after the last triumph. The countdown to the nineteenth Reds ‘championship ends, with seven days in advance, thanks to the 2-1 of the Lampard team at Stamford Bridge: the City cannot postpone the Klopp boys’ party, effectively making the comparison vain scheduled for next July 2nd.
The Reds are back. The long wait is over and thirty years later Liverpool returns to the throne of England. The last time Margaret Thatcher was in government, people took to the streets to protest the poll tax, the war with the IRA was still going on, the English national team led by Bobby Robson was preparing for Italy in the 1990s while the maximum league was still called First Division and the Premier League was just a project. It was John Barnes and Ian Rush’s Liverpool, still banned from Europe for the Heysel events, while Jurgen Klopp was a young Mainz defender and Salah, Firmino and Manè were not even born. It was the 18th title in the history of the Reds but since then Kop has not rejoiced. At least until today. Champions, national and international cups have arrived, Anfield applauded Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Stevie Gerrard but continued to chew bitterly as he watched Ferguson’s Manchester United parade, Wenger’s Arsenal, Chelsea of the Abramovich era and finally the Manchester City of the Sheikhs. But what had become a taboo, a kind of curse, was not broken: not even the coronavirus that questioned the conclusion of this season prevented Liverpool from taking back the scepter.
In the Brexit Britain and wounded by the pandemic, in the midst of the anti-racist demonstrations that erupted after the murder of George Floyd, in the rich Premier League which has become the most beautiful championship in the world, here is finally the 19th symphony in red. A ride in the Valkyries which has the man who arrived from Stuttgart five years ago as his orchestra conductor. Two finals lost in the first season, another in the Champions League in 2018 had labeled him yet another successful loser, almost forgetting what he had done in Dortmund. But Jurgen Klopp has gone on his way, has developed his car made of gegenpressing and fast starts and in the last twelve months has finally reaped its fruits: first he brought Liverpool back to the top of Europe and the world, then he returned that coveted throne. A masterpiece built over the years, refining the understanding between Firmino, Salah and Manè ahead, armoring the defense to the sound of millions with Alisson and Van Dijk, entrusting the keys of the midfield to captain Henderson and Wijnaldum. The result was a team that crushed the Premier League: 26 wins and a draw in the first 27 league games, a record-breaking path.
Just think that, at the time of the lockdown, the advantage points over the City of Guardiola that won the last two championships were 25 (even if with one more race) and only the Covid-19 has prolonged the wait to define what it was now a formality. The party on the streets of Liverpool will have to be postponed because of the restrictions for the health emergency but not bad: when Kop returns to sing “Yoùll never walk alone”, it will do so to pay tribute to the new champions of England.