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Jurgen Klopp’s side end three-decade wait for league title after Man City defeat; Reds move one behind Manchester United’s record haul

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Liverpool’s long wait for the 2019-20 Premier League title is finally over

Liverpool’s long wait for the 2019-20 Premier League title is finally over

Liverpool have finally ended their 30-year wait for a 19th top-flight title after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday, have sealed their first Premier League crown with seven games still to play after City dropped points in a dramatic encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk react after victory over Crystal Palace put them on the brink of glory

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk react after victory over Crystal Palace put them on the brink of glory

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After hearing the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool’s players celebrated together as they claimed the club’s first-ever Premier League title

After hearing the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool’s players celebrated together as they claimed the club’s first-ever Premier League title

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Jamie Carragher cracks open the champagne to celebrate Liverpool’s first title in 30 years

Jamie Carragher cracks open the champagne to celebrate Liverpool’s first title in 30 years

Liverpool have enjoyed a stunning season that has seen them beaten just once in the league so far – a shock 3-0 loss at struggling Watford in February – to open up an unassailable 23-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side in second.

Their unstoppable march towards the league title was temporarily halted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic back in March, with the Reds just two wins from glory.

Liverpool player stats – Premier League 2019/20

Most goals Mo Salah 17
Most apps Trent Alexander-Arnold 31
Most assists Trent Alexander-Arnold 12
Most shots Mo Salah 103
Most passes Virgil van Dijk 2,702
Most tackles Jordan Henderson 50

And though Merseyside rivals Everton held them to a goalless draw following the resumption of the Premier League this month, they did not have much longer to wait to rubberstamp their 2019/20 triumph.

Liverpool, who have followed up last season’s Champions League title with Premier League silverware, now stand just one behind Manchester United’s record-breaking haul of 20 top-flight titles.

Klopp’s side still have plenty to play for between now and the end of the campaign as they go in search of a whole host of records to break, including the most ever wins and points in a Premier League season, as well as the record number of points in an English league campaign.

Jordan Henderson has captained Liverpool to the title

Jordan Henderson has captained Liverpool to the title

Emotional Klopp: ‘I’m overwhelmed’

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Jurgen Klopp says it’s ‘pure joy’ to coach his Liverpool side after they claimed the Premier League title

Jurgen Klopp says it’s ‘pure joy’ to coach his Liverpool side after they claimed the Premier League title

Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: “There’s a sense of relief because after the three-month interruption no one knew how the season would come back. This is for all of the fans. I hope they celebrate it, it’s all in our hearts and our heads, we do it all together and it’s a joy to do this for the fans.

“I have no words. It is unbelievable, much more than I thought was possible. Becoming champions with this club is absolutely incredible. This is for Kenny, for Stevie – everyone! The Manchester City game was really tense, I didn’t want to be involved. It was intense but it is incredible from my players. What they have done over the last few years in exceptional and it’s a pure joy for me to coach them.

“This is a big moment, I have no real words. I am completely overwhelmed. I never thought I would feel like this…”

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Sir Kenny Dalglish praises Liverpool’s ‘unbelievable’ manager Jurgen Klopp for his influence on and off the pitch

Sir Kenny Dalglish praises Liverpool’s ‘unbelievable’ manager Jurgen Klopp for his influence on and off the pitch

Henderson: I’m so proud

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Jordan Henderson says he’s so proud of what his Liverpool side has achieved and that it’s amazing to finally get over the line

Jordan Henderson says he’s so proud of what his Liverpool side has achieved and that it’s amazing to finally get over the line

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, speaking to Sky Sports: “[It feels] Amazing. I didn’t want to talk about it until this moment so it’s amazing to finally get over the line. I’m so happy for all the boys, the fans, the whole club, the city. I’m a little bit overwhelmed right now, it’s an amazing feeling and I’m just so proud of what we’ve achieved.

“I said after the Champions League final that it wouldn’t be possible to do it without the manager and it’s the same with this title. Everything from when he came in, and that’s no disrespect to the managers before him or who I’ve worked with before, because we have come close but I felt from day one, he came in the door and he just changed everything.”

The pundit reaction: ‘This is a special team’

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher: “This Liverpool team now will want to emulate what Manchester City have done and retain the title for sure, and what Manchester United did under Sir Alex Ferguson, with Gary in the team. I don’t think one title will be enough for Jurgen Klopp and this team with the energy they have.

“Ninety-seven points last season and winning the Champions League, you wondered how hard it would be winning the title this season, but they have absolute ran away with it. It’s great to get Liverpool back on their perch.”

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness: “They’ve been fabulous. It’s not just about this season, if you go back two years in the Champions League final which they lost to Real Madrid, went back the following year and won it but missed out to Man City.

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Graeme Souness says Liverpool’s consistency over the last two years has been off the charts

Graeme Souness says Liverpool’s consistency over the last two years has been off the charts

“This is a special team. This is the team, going forward, you can’t say they’ll win it every year but they’ll come very close to winning this trophy and the big European one. Every time they go out and cross that white line, the manager instils that they have to give absolutely everything for the cause and when you combine that effort with the qualities they have, especially up front, along the back, they’re some team.”

Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp: “The decision to bring in Jurgen Klopp has proved to be inspired. Absolutely inspired. He’s a leader of men and he manages to conjure up something so special and Liverpool fans adore him, you can see how much they buy into everything he’s done.”

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A delighted Phil Thompson says that Liverpool are back on their perch as they claimed the Premier League title

A delighted Phil Thompson says that Liverpool are back on their perch as they claimed the Premier League title

‘Where’s Nev?!’ – the best social media reaction

Liverpool’s brilliance by numbers

  • Liverpool already have seven points more than their last title-winning season in 1989/90 (79 points – P38 W23 D10 L5).
  • The Reds also have more points already than seven previous Premier League champions (most recently Leicester -81 points in 2015/16).
  • They have beaten every team they have faced in the Premier League this season – the first time they have done so in the top division.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side have completed nine Premier League doubles over sides this season – they would complete 16 win doubles should they win all remaining games, setting a new English top division record (13 for Man City, last season and 2017/18).
  • Liverpool have won a top-flight record 23 consecutive home victories, scoring 67 goals in those games and conceding just 15 in reply.
  • They went a club record 44 league games unbeaten (W39 D5) before a 3-0 defeat vs Watford (A), Feb 29 – the second-longest unbeaten run in the top division history behind Arsenal’s 49 games (May 2003-Oct 2004)
  • They won 18 successive PL games between Oct 27 and Feb 24, equalling Man City’s top division record (Aug-Dec 2017).
  • Liverpool have now scored 100+ goals in all competitions for a third consecutive season, the first time they have done so since 1986-87 (eight in a row).

All the goals – relive Liverpool’s season so far

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Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League goals from August through to October – including an opening-day rout of Norwich and a key win at Anfield against Tottenham

Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League goals from August through to October – including an opening-day rout of Norwich and a key win at Anfield against Tottenham

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Watch Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League goals from November and December including the victory in the Merseyside derby and the 3-1 win over Man City

Watch Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League goals from November and December including the victory in the Merseyside derby and the 3-1 win over Man City

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Watch Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League goals from December to March, which included a win over Manchester United

Watch Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League goals from December to March, which included a win over Manchester United

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Free match highlights from a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace that put Liverpool on the edge of glory

Free match highlights from a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace that put Liverpool on the edge of glory

Remaining Liverpool fixtures

Thurs July 2: Man City vs Liverpool – Kick-off: 8.15pm; live on Sky Sports

Sun July 5: Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Kick-off: 4.30pm; live on Sky Sports

Weds July 8: Brighton vs Liverpool – Kick-off: 8.15pm; live on Sky Sports

Sat July 11: Liverpool vs Burnley – Kick-off: 3pm

Dates and times still to be confirmed:

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Newcastle United vs Liverpool

What records could Liverpool still break?

Can Liverpool eclipse Man City's points record? Watch the teams do battle live on Sky Sports on Thursday, July 2

Can Liverpool eclipse Man City’s points record? Watch the teams do battle live on Sky Sports on Thursday, July 2

  • The points record of 100 (City 2017/18) could be smashed – Liverpool will have 107 points if they win every game.
  • The biggest points gap between first and second is 19 points (City 2017/18) – the gap now is 23 points. City need to better Liverpool’s results between now and the end of the season by two points to protect that record.
  • Liverpool need five wins from their final seven games to beat the win record of 32 (City 2017/18).

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