It has been quite an incredible couple of seasons for Liverpool FC and their fans over the last two years as the reds went on to win the Premier League after a much-awaited 30 years and the Champions League the season before. Liverpool, one of the most decorated clubs in Europe and the best in their country had pretty much everything on their shelves except for the Premier League which they rightly bagged upon comfortably last season. A team that had previously won 18 league titles but none since 1990, has now won the English Premier League for the first time, taking it to within one title of equaling Manchester United’s record of 20 first division titles. Additionally, the club has won 6 Champions League, more than any other English side.
Liverpool deserves a sheer amount of credit for their performances over the years. The transformation from the era of Roy Hodgson to the era of Klopp, from Jack Spearing to Fabinho, from Sakho to Van Dijk has been spot on and phenomenal. While Rafa Benitez was in charge, Liverpool would go about finishing in the top four almost all the time. Providing stiff competition with United for the title was always on the cards. Steven George Gerrard, their legendary captain and one of the finest midfielders in his generation would give in his all, in his 17 years stint in Liverpool but still couldn’t manage to get his top-flight league medal. His combination with Torres back then was a joy to watch for the fans. With the regular change in managerial positions and losing key players to rival clubs, Liverpool slowly started to lose their rhythm over time. It was a pain to watch them fall down the pecking order which they were not quite used to. They struggled to find momentum with a regular change in the managerial positions and players.
When Klopp joined the club in 2015, Liverpool was 10th in the table struggling for 3 points from a game. There were wealthier teams, better teams, in the league and the thoughts of winning another league title seemed far off the radar. But it was time, to get back to their perch, where they previously belonged to. There was a chain of optimism for all the fans and players after the arrival of Klopp. Upon his arrival in his first interview, he said, “We have to change from doubters to believers,” Few could have imagined, however, the progress the club would make under the charismatic German.
In every season but his first, the manager steered Liverpool into the Champions League, reaching the final twice, and every player under his stint has only got better from academy graduates such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, to more super signings like Mo Salah, Alisson, Van Dijk, and Andy Robertson. And, finally, after three failures in cup finals, Liverpool won its first silverware under Klopp in 2019, when the team beat Tottenham in the Champions League final. It was a victory that strengthened the fan’s faith in the team, easing concerns that this was a squad of nearly-men, as Liverpool that season also narrowly missed out on the title by a point, despite accumulating a club record total of 97 the same year losing out to City.
It is pretty much evident now that Liverpool has finally reached back to their perch winning titles, also creating a gigantic team feared by many in Europe now. They will now look to defend their title this season as the quest for the Premier League has already begun. With the likes of City, United, and Chelsea, one can only wait till the end of the season to witness who wins the prestigious prize.
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– Amogh A S