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Liverpool Premier League trophy lift: Special ceremony to mark first league title for 30 years

Liverpool's players celebrate as they lift the Premier League trophy

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy on the Kop at an empty Anfield to mark the club’s first top-flight triumph for 30 years.

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.

Liverpool were confirmed as champions of England on 25 June with seven games to spare when nearest rivals Manchester City lost at Chelsea, but they had to wait until their final home game of the season to be presented with the trophy.

There were no supporters in their 53,000-capacity Anfield home after the Premier League season resumed on 17 June behind closed doors following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Merseyside Police had warned fans not to repeat the widespread gatherings that took place on the city’s waterfront after the club’s title win last month, amid fears of a spike in infections, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp urged supporters to celebrate at home.

A small group of fans, some with red flares, greeted the team coach when it arrived at the ground before kick-off, while fireworks were set off outside Anfield throughout the match.

During the game, Merseyside Police announced they had put in place a dispersal order between 21:30 BST today and 21:30 BST on Friday as they anticipate large crowds gathering in Liverpool after the club lifted the trophy.

Dalglish, who scored 172 goals in 515 appearances as a Liverpool player between 1977-1990, handed out medals to each player during a ceremony which involved a light show, pyrotechnics and a lot of emotions on display.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said players and fans will “come together to celebrate” the title “when the time is right”.

How Liverpool won the title

After 30 years of near misses, 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.

It all started on 9 August 2019 when they beat newly-promoted Norwich 4-1 in the opening match of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

That result set the tone for what was to come.

Having finished one point behind champions Manchester City in 2018-19, the Reds were relentless, winning their first eight league games.

Despite travelling to Qatar for the Fifa Club World Cup in December, the Reds finished the 2019 calendar year with a 13-point lead at the top of the table.

That lead had grown to 25 points when the Premier League was suspended in March because of Covid-19. Klopp later admitted he was “worried” about the season being declared null and void during the enforced shutdown.

As it turned out, Liverpool’s tally of 82 points from 29 games when football was stopped was enough to win the title. Manchester City, who are guaranteed runners-up spot, can only finish this season with 81 points.

Wednesday’s victory over Chelsea means Liverpool are on 96 points – 18 ahead of City – with one game, away at Newcastle on Sunday (16:00 BST), to go.

Record-breaking season

On 1 May 1990, Liverpool’s players paraded the top-flight league-winners’ trophy around a packed and joyous Anfield.

It was the last time they would celebrate such a success for three decades.

Wednesday’s celebrations come after Klopp’s side have spent the season rewriting the Premier League history books.

At one stage the Reds had a 25-point lead, the biggest ever in English top-flight history.

By claiming the title with seven matches to spare, Liverpool beat the mark set by Manchester United in 2000-01 and Manchester City in 2017-18, who both became champions with five matches remaining,

When Liverpool reached 61 points from their opening 21 matches, it was the most a team had ever accumulated at that stage in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

However, there is one record Klopp’s side have missed out on.

Manchester City’s record of 100 points in a single season set in 2017-18 remains as the most the Reds can reach is 99 points.

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