Liverpool has won the Premier League 2019-2020.
Yet another trophy in our cabinet.
It has been a long wait of 30 years since Liverpool won the English football championship. The last time Liverpool won was in 1989-1990 and the competition was still called the English First Division. What Liverpool has achieved this year is quite unique:
- “The club have claimed the championship earlier than any other side in Premier League history, doing so with seven games still to be contested.”
- “The Reds equalled a top-flight record of 18 successive victories.”
- “The Reds set a new landmark for number of consecutive league home triumphs, with the win against Palace their 23rd in a row.”
Here are the 11 Liverpool players who played the most this year: Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Alisson & Fabinho.
Here are 7 players who played quite regularly and, as of 25 June, had played more than 1000 minutes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Adrián, Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren, Naby Keïta and Joel Matip.
In addition, Adam Lallana, Takumi Minamino and Xherdan Shaqiri did feature but not much. Takumi Minamino will be an important player next year but I suspect that Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri will leave Liverpool soon.
And, of course, a special mention to some of the youngsters who did excellently when called upon: Harvey Elliott (17), Curtis Jones (19) and Neco Williams (19). These three have the footballing world at their feet.
Pedro Chirivella (23), Caoimhin Kelleher (21), Sepp van den Berg (18), Ki-Jana Hoever (18), Rhian Brewster (20), Yasser Larouci (19), Leighton Clarkson (18), Herbie Kane (21), Nathaniel Phillips (23), Tony Gallacher (20), Adam Lewis (20), Morgan Boyes (19), Jake Cain (18), Liam Millar (20), Isaac Christie-Davies (22), Luis Longstaff (19), Jack Bearne (18), James Norris (17) and Joe Hardy (21) also participated (in some way or another) and I suspect that some of them will manage to step up to become more regular players in the future.
Congratulations to all Liverpool players, management, owners and fans.
You’ll Never Walk Alone!