Liverpool’s elevation to the Premier League title in 2020 marked the end of a 30-year wait and the day remains surreal to look back on. There are many things you may have forgotten.
On July 22, 2020, we are all witnessing a moment that for some ended a lifetime of waiting as Jordan Henderson hoisted the championship title into the air on the Kop.
For the first time since 1990, Liverpool were champions of England and there were plenty of emotions as the dreams came true, even though they were to take place at an empty Anfield due to the pandemic.
The Reds were more than deserving winners after a remarkable season and Jurgen Klopp was full of gratitude for the journey that had been undertaken to arrive at this precise moment.
“Five years ago I asked you to go from skeptics to believers and the second before the press conference I didn’t know anyone would ask,” Klopp said after the trophy was lifted.
“And you did it!” You made us possible, really. Thanks a lot.”
It happened, and it was glorious. Each second.
There was a game before?!
All eyes were obviously on the lifting of the trophy following the final whistle and it’s hard to remember what really happened during those 90 minutes against Chelsea.
Well, let us call you back. Liverpool started off as the champions they were, taking a 3-1 lead before half-time through Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum.
Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic came closer than necessary on the scoreboard, but further goals from Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put it beyond doubt.
Incredibly, Firmino’s goal was his first league strike at Anfield all campaign in what was the No. 1. 19 home game! His brilliant celebration of the karate kick made an appearance, of course.
Frank having a word. ?? pic.twitter.com/8UnzQv9ipu
—DAX?? (@doubleandliqueur) July 23, 2020
Oh Frank, what a moment you gave us on the very night the Premier League trophy was waiting to be hoisted into the air.
Lampard was caught up in a heated confrontation with Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders after a foul led to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal, much to the amusement of everyone watching on the bench.
“It’s not a fucking fault. I’m not asking you, so shut up,” Lampard told Lijnders, with Klopp stepping in to explain that the Dutchman was already seated.
Lampard then replied: “Fuck you too. The only title you’ve ever won and you’re giving it the big’un. Kiss my ass.
It caused a lot of ‘ooo’ and laughter from the bench and was a display of arrogance from the then Chelsea manager, but we all know who got the last laugh!
A trophy elevator on the Kop!
Given the circumstances, this was done in the best way possible and the Kop served as a stage and welcomed contributions from supporters as best it could with streamers tucked into the seats next to the platform.
It was also a collaborative player effort to make it as special as possible.
And Sir Kenny Dalglish handing over the trophy was a magical moment and there was no better choice, you could feel the emotion you felt reflected in him throughout.
Can the family of the team participate? The answer was a no, another no and finally a yes at the last convenient moment of the day.
Due to the pandemic, no fans were able to attend this special moment and the club had to fight to be able to get 200 family members to attend this historic moment.
In the end, they could all be part of it and you could see how important it was for Klopp and co. as they each accepted their medals and had their turn with the trophy.
“Our families are allowed to be there [in the Main Stand]it’s amazing and means the world to us,” Klopp said.
Carra and Sadio’s love story
“You know I love you, don’t you? were the words that quickly escaped Jamie Carragher during the Sadio Mane interview.
It’s a bromance we were all here for and will miss with Mane now in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
Look at those smiles!
The physio in the foreground
At the time, you might have noticed a certain character that appeared in many photos of the title celebrations, he was not a player or someone you knew before that day.
But you certainly knew his face afterwards, as seen above with sunglasses positioned under Naby Keita, and his name is Jose Luis Rodriguez.
Now a former club physio, Rodriguez was front and center, living the dream and being truly present at every moment with the trophy.
You have to admire his unparalleled bravado.
Scenes from the inner sanctum
Scenes of euphoria from the pitch moved into the locker room and it was a beautiful sight with champagne doing the rounds, and it remained on the walls and ceiling for months after!
The party inside the club’s inner sanctum saw ‘Campione, Campione, Ole, Ole, Ole’ get immediate rendition as there was plenty of dancing, shirt-swinging, hugs from Klopp and also a catchy speech from the boss.
We want to see more!
Fireworks outside Anfield
Although there were fireworks on the pitch before the title was lifted thanks to the 5-3 win over Chelsea, there were plenty that erupted during the game thanks to those who gathered at away from Anfield.
Pandemic restrictions made large gatherings impossible, but that didn’t stop some gravitating to Anfield to show their joy, and you could both hear and see it throughout.
It just makes you think about what could have happened if the fans had been allowed into the stadium… we’ll have that one day soon, we’re sure!
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