For the first time in 30 years, Liverpool are Premier League champions.
Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday meant that the Reds were finally unassailable at the summit of the standings, having dominated the division throughout the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped only seven points in 31 matches this season and have claimed the title with seven games to spare, while it remains possible that they will shatter the 100-points barrier and set a new record for points won in a league season.
Although there was some doubt as to whether the season would even be completed due to the coronavirus suspension, which saw play halted in England’s top flight for three months, there was rarely any prospect of City catching their rivals, with manager Pep Guardiola having long admitted that the Anfield side were out of reach at the summit of the standings.
The 2019 Champions League winners have averaged over two goals scored per game, but it has been their defensive record that has differentiated them from the pack, with only 21 conceded over the course of a season, in which few would argue that they have not been thoroughly deserving champions
And so Liverpool have won their first title of the Premier League era, and unsurprisingly the club, former players and its fans have been quick to celebrate the achievement of Klopp & Co. via social media.
WE’RE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/qX7Duxoslm
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) June 25, 2020
WE CAN FINALLY SAY IT: AFTER THIRTY LONG YEARS, LIVERPOOL ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/dc93SWHrRN
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) June 25, 2020
This was a season for the ages and for the faithful of Liverpool Football Club. It has been an incredible year of magnificent achievement culminating tonight in capturing the Premier League title.
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) June 25, 2020
— Djimi Traore (@Djimi_Traore19) June 25, 2020
— Chris Kirkland (@ChrisKirkland43) June 25, 2020
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 25, 2020
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) June 25, 2020
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 25, 2020
Liverpool fans celebrating their 18th league title vs Liverpool fans celebrating their 19th league title pic.twitter.com/0ED8g9LpSp
— WelBeast (@WelBeast) June 25, 2020
I first watched football in 1989. John Barnes was wearing a very striking grey top. Like a lot of west country kids my choice was relitively arbitrary, but by 1990 my bedroom was adorned with @LFC posters. I was called a glory hunter in school. Well, it’s been a long hunt #YNWA
— John Robins (@nomadicrevery) June 25, 2020
Congratulations to @LFC . No team has won the Premier League so early in the season. No team has won the Premier League so late in the year. A wonderful achievement by a magnificent team. True champions. Well played. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 25, 2020
And even rivals were gracious in defeat.
Congrats @LFC ... Premier League Champions 🏆
28 wins out of 31 games....nothing but praise for you! Thoroughly deserved.... Relentless appetite....especially losing it last season after being so good. Mentally tough! https://t.co/dYCD4Fn6MJ
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 25, 2020
Meanwhile, the unusual circumstances the title was ultimately sealed in were pointed out.
Liverpool winning the league with the most games to spare and simultaneously winning the league later in the calendar year than any team ever is going to be some quiz question in the future!
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) June 25, 2020
And of course there were those who had a bit of fun.
Congrats to all the long-suffering American Liverpool fans who switched allegiances once Man U got bad.
— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) June 25, 2020