It has been as inspiring story for many as Liverpool Football Club finally lifted the English Premier League title for the first time since the league was re-branded in 1992. It is also the first time they are winning the league after a painful 30-year wait in top flight English football.
Captain Jordan Henderson received the trophy from Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was manager when Liverpool last won it in 1990, during a spectacular ceremony after the champions beat Chelsea 5-3 on Wednesday.
It was a very long and painful wait for some of the fans but they were finally confirmed as champions on 25 June with seven games to spare after nearest rivals Manchester City lost at Chelsea. They then had to wait until their final home game of the season to be presented with the trophy.
They did so in front of their families, who were given special permission to attend the trophy presentation as the rest of the 53,000 capacity Anfield stadium remained empty after the Premier League season resumed on 17 June behind closed doors, following a three-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’ve been waiting a long time,” said Henderson, who is recovering from a knee injury “Walking up there was amazing, the lads deserved the moment and thankfully the families were watching. “To crown it off like that was really special.”
Klopp and his players sang the club’s famous anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone on the pitch after lifting the trophy.
Asked if he had a message for fans, Klopp said: “If you don’t see that we do it for you, I can’t help you. You made us happy, we all should celebrate at home. Prepare for a party and when this virus has gone we will have a party.”
After 30 years of near misses including finishing a point behind champions Manchester City the previous season, some dark days and even mid-table finishes, Liverpool finally ended the club’s long wait to be champions of England for the 19th time.
This has been a story of patience and perseverance, as well as organizational discipline and team work to achieve a common goal – a lesson that many can pick to push them through in their daily struggles in life.