A major event has happened this week in the form of the English Premier League. A great news for all the football fans. Today Liverpool Football Club became champions of England after three decades. The match was held against Crystal Palace in Anfield Football Stadium, Liverpool, in the Game Week 31 on 25 June, 2020. The full time match score was 4-0 with Liverpool’s goals from four players— Trent Alexander-Arnold( 23’), Mohamed Salah(44’), Fabinho(55’) and Sadio Mané (69’). Scoring 86 points in the table Liverpool stands at the top with Manchester City as second.
The English Premier League has come back with a bang in the pandemic times— that too with a champion which had to wait for a long time. Sports management agencies had postponed the popular tournaments as the dreaded coronavirus spread globally. After three months of strict lockdown, Unlockdown 1.0 has given relief to people in some ways. Die-hard sports lovers all over the world have received their excitement back after some popular tournaments have resumed. Major sports events like La Liga, Bundesliga and English Premier League have surfaced with some changes in the rules and regulations.
Jürgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool F.C, was determined to win a title with the boys. He had promised in a press conference on October, 2015, to achieve the impossible for the loyal supporters who have waited patiently for thirty years for the Premier League Title win. He became emotional when it was officially declared the historic EPL night at Stamford Bridge after Manchester City’s loss of 1-2 to Chelsea F.C on Friday, 26 June. Liverpool is now just one title behind the Manchester United who has twenty title wins.
Besides the red celebrations the breathtaking dynamics of the match changed the atmosphere of the night. Liverpool had 73% possession of the ball with 27% possession from Crystal Palace. Total shots taken by the Reds were twenty one with shot accuracy of 33%. Ball passing accuracy was 89% with successful passes of 789 out of 886 whereas Crystals had 71% with 235 successful passes out of 330. Neither yellow cards nor red cards were used.
Thousands of Liverpool fans could not hold the excitement. Even wearing masks for protection against COVID-19 they failed to maintain social distancing. They streamed towards the Anfield singing and dancing with immense joy. They lit flares and red fireworks while some gathered around the stadium in their vehicles and beeped horns. The police department made no attempts to disperse the twenty thousand odd fans from the area. Fans filled up the city singing the club’s famous anthem— You’ll Never Walk Alone. The social media accounts of players became choked with congratulatory messages. The players also uploaded the video clips of the moments of celebrations for the fans.
The Liverpool players were watching television with rapt attention in a hotel when Chelsea was playing Manchester City. They wanted Chelsea to win, which would guarantee them the championship. Their wish came true. Chelsea got two goals from C. Pulisic (36’) and Willian (penalty 78’). Manchester City scored one goal by super free-kick from K. De Bruyne (55’). Chelsea won in spite of having 35% of ball possession while Man City had for 65%. While Chelsea received one yellow card City received one yellow and one red card.
Three decades is quite a long wait. But Liverpool as the champion in such a highly competitive league proves the value of an age-old adage: patience pays. The colour of the League is now ‘Liverpool red’ all over.