Liverpool‘s first Premier League title since 1990 was confirmed, Thursday, after Manchester City lost 2-1 to a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.
With seven games remaining in the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign, it remains the earliest any side has ever won the Premier League title, with Klopp’s team surpassing the achievements of Manchester United in 2000-2001 and Manchester City’s ‘centurions’ of 2017-2018. Both of those teams clinched the league with five games left.
The Reds’ first league title since 1990 was confirmed on Thursday, after Pep Guardiola’s side failed to win at Stamford Bridge, making it impossible to increase its tally to challenge Liverpool’s unassailable lead.
Christian Pulisic’s goal had given Chelsea FC the lead before a wonderful Kevin De Bruyne sparked hopes of a comeback as anyone would ever think but Fernandinho’s late red card led to a Willian coolly converted penalty to win the game – and gift Liverpool league glory.
Though it seem Liverpool had moved to the brink of the title with a 4-0 battering of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday, and their lead of 23 points at the top of the table is the largest held by a champion in English top-flight history.
Klopp’s team will now look to write even more history. They need 15 points from their last seven matches to set a new record points total for a top-flight campaign, and can also become the first team to win every single home game in a single season.
Coincidentally, Liverpool’s next game comes against City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, they will be given a guard of honour in their next fixture. Guardiola’s men, champions in each of the last two seasons, have been unable to match Liverpool’s remarkable and relentless form this campaign.
Despite calls in some quarters to “null and void” the Premier League season, Klopp and his side were able to retain their focus as the world came to terms with the impact of Covid-19.