Liverpool have ended their lengthy wait to be topped Premier League champions after Manchester Metropolis’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea left them with an unassailable lead.
The Reds’ first league title since 1990 was confirmed on Thursday, after Pep Guardiola’s facet did not win at Stamford Bridge.
Christian Pulisic’s purpose had given Chelsea to guide earlier than an exquisite Kevin De Bruyne sparked hopes of a comeback, however Fernandinho’s late crimson card led to a coolly transformed penalty to win the sport – and reward Liverpool league glory.
With seven video games remaining, it’s the earliest any facet has ever gained the Premier League title, with Jurgen Klopp’s males surpassing the achievements of Manchester United in 2000-01 and Manchester Metropolis’s ‘centurions’ of 2017-18. Each of these groups clinched the league with 5 video games left.
Liverpool had moved to the brink of the title with a 4-Zero battering of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday, and their lead of 23 factors on the prime of the desk is the most important held by a champion in English top-flight historical past.
Klopp’s facet will now look to write down much more historical past. They want 15 factors from their final seven matches to set a brand new file factors complete for a top-flight marketing campaign, and can even turn out to be the primary crew to win each single residence sport in a single season.
They are going to be given a guard of honour of their subsequent fixture, which coincidentally comes towards Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium subsequent Thursday. Guardiola’s facet, champions in every of the final two seasons, have been unable to match Liverpool’s outstanding, relentless type.
The tone was set from the very begin, Klopp’s facet profitable every of their opening eight league video games to open up a major hole on the chasing pack.
That run ended with a draw at Manchester United in October, however they responded to that setback in unbelievable style, profitable their subsequent 18 league video games – together with a 3-1 victory over Metropolis in November and a complete 4-Zero thrashing of second-placed Leicester on Boxing Day.
Once they gained 2-Zero at West Ham on January 29, Liverpool had achieved one other piece of historical past. For the primary time ever, they’d overwhelmed each crew in a top-flight league season. Their superiority was unarguable.
At that time, the hope was that they may match Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 and undergo the whole league marketing campaign unbeaten, however a shock 3-Zero loss to Watford in late February put paid to that.
Then got here the last word spanner within the works, with the Premier League’s suspension in mid-March because of the coronavirus disaster. Liverpool had been 25 factors clear on the pause, needing simply six extra with the intention to be topped champions.
However they had been made to attend because the world got here to phrases with the influence of Covid-19. Regardless of calls in some quarters to “null and void” the Premier League season, Klopp and his facet had been in a position to retain their focus all through a interval of lockdown, ultimately returning to motion final Sunday with a low-key goalless draw at Everton.
That led some to query, absurdly, whether or not they could be beginning to wobble in sight of the ending line, however they responded in high quality fashion on Wednesday, thrashing Palace in what might be their most convincing residence efficiency of the whole season.
Then, 24 hours later, got here the second of affirmation. Klopp, Aim understands, was watching at residence as Metropolis did not defeat fourth-placed Chelsea.