By Callum Brady
Thursday 25th of June, the day in which will remain ingrained in every Liverpool fan's memory for as long as they live, the day they became Premier League champions for the first time in the history of the great club. After Manchester city lost 2-1 to Chelsea it was mathematically confirmed that the 30-year wait was finally over and the title was coming to Merseyside to make the reds, English champions, reigning European champions and reigning world champions.
What makes this so sweet for Liverpool fans around the world is not just that it is the 19th league title or that it is another title in the illustrious trophy cabinet on the red half of Merseyside but rather that Jurgen and the rest of the Liverpool squad have finally captured the elusive Premier League trophy that so many in red have failed to do before. As a Liverpool fan from the Merseyside area, I can attest to the heartbreak that we as a global fanbase have suffered along the years in pursuit of premier league glory, for instance, losing the league on the last day of last season by one point, Liverpool Legend and my personal footballing idol Steven Gerrard slipping and costing us the points in a vital game and in turn gifting the title to Manchester City, on top of that we also lost a wealth of fan favourite talent along the way due to the team's failed attempts at major silverware such as likes of Torres, Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho, Alonso, and finally, whiles all this heartbreak was occurring along the years Liverpool's bitter rivals Manchester United formed a dynasty and won heaps of trophies, but as of June 25th it is heartbreak no more and in the words of Liverpool legend Phil Thomson after the title was confirmed, "We are back on our perch".
During the campaign there were some key games which pushed Liverpool on for the title, for instance, the first fixture with Leicester which was a 2-1 win after Milner converted a late stoppage-time winner to create space from the chasing pack, another key game was the big game against Manchester City at Anfield which we won 3-1 after a Fabinho thunderbolt which gave us three points against 2nd place and more importantly space from a great Manchester city side, and finally the big one for me and the night i believed we were going to win the league, it was the 4-0 statement win over again Leicester city in the reverse fixture at the king power stadium, the game displayed utter domination by Liverpool against a title rival and the game was orchestrated by the 21- year old wonderkid Trent Alexander-Arnold.
In regards to how the league was won, it was not as part of a double or treble as some may have predicted before Christmas but the title was still historic for Liverpool and according to the premier league (www.premierleague.com) here are some of the records that where set this season: Liverpool have had a 25-point lead this season, the biggest ever in English top-flight history, Liverpool's 3-2 victory over West Ham United on 24 February was their 21st consecutive Premier League home win, beating Man City's record of 20, achieved between 2011 and 2012, claiming the title with seven matches to spare Liverpool beat the mark set of becoming champions with five matches remaining, set by Man Utd in 2000/01, and Man City in 2017/18 and finally Liverpool reached 61 points from their opening 21 matches which was the best start ever. So it is pretty easy to see this title win puts this Liverpool team in conversation for the best to ever do it.
The records don't stop there though, there are still seven games left and Liverpool if still hungry enough can still set several other records and in terms of what still can be achieved: Liverpool are four away from equaling the most wins ever in a season, Liverpool need another 14 points from a possible 21 to equal Man City's record of 100 points in one season, Liverpool can also set the biggest winning margin which currently stands at 19 points. On top of team records, we can delve into personal records, and to start Liverpool goalkeeper Allison is joint top of the clean sheets list making the Brazilian favourite for the golden glove this season and if he wins it would be two golden gloves in two years. Salah is also in the race for the golden boot and is just two goals behind Leister city's talisman Jamie Vardy, winning the golden boot would mean that Salah will have won the trophy three times in a row.
After adding the 19th league title to their Champions League, Club World cup, and UEFA Super Cup that they won last season, the question on every Liverpool fan is asking is can this success carry on? My personal opinion is that this great club can enter an era of sustained success if the right moves are made. All the pieces are in place at the moment, with Michael Edwards in the role as Liverpool's sporting director who is amongst the best in the world in his role, the club also has one of the top three managers in world football with Jurgen Klopp, in regards to the squad Liverpool have the best front three in the world, a midfield which is a real engine room with some great technical talent and in defence you have the best centre back partnership as well as the best fullback partnership in the world and on top of that one of the top goalkeepers in the world. The squad is filled with elite talent all over the pitch, most notably the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold who are amongst the most sort after players in the world furthermore the vast majority of the players in this vastly talented squad are all tied down to long term contracts at the club.
In terms of what the club are saying about the future, the Liverpool owner Tom Werner when asked about life after premier league glory he said "We want to undersell and overdeliver. We hopefully would be ensuring another period of sustained success", Jurgen Klopp in an interview with sky sports (skysports.com) also said "This is not the final destination. It's a moment like last year's Champions League final. From that moment you carry on, and that's what we'll do now". So the message from the club is that the club is ready to move forward which is very exciting for Liverpool fans across the world.
If i were to bring one issue with Liverpool and they are very few but it would be in regards to the transfers the club are making or in this case a lack of transfers because I feel some of the players in the coming years will need replacing and it may be key that their replacement is acquired in advance so the quality of the squad can be sustained, but again now is a time for celebrations around the world for Liverpool fans and finally time to bask in the glory of the clubs first premier league title and the story does not end here as I can see more silverware in the immediate future so stock up on champaign and fireworks.