How VAVEL told the story of Liverpool's title-winning season
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On Thursday evening, Liverpool became the champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

Here, VAVEL recounts their protracted journey to glory, returning to our coverage of the decisive moments.

The beginning

Liverpool vs Norwich City Preview: Anfield holds its breath as the 19/20 Premier League season opener is finally upon us

9 August 2019: Liverpool raise the Premier League curtain, beginning their title challenge against newly-promoted Norwich City

"After falling short on the final day of the 18/19 campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side will be eager to lay down a marker when they face Norwich City on Friday night.

"The Reds may have lifted their sixth European Cup on that magical night in Madrid on June 1, but the Premier League title remains the ultimate objective for this group of players.

"Despite a record-breaking campaign that saw Klopp's team accumulate 97 points, Liverpool were edged to the title by an equally-resilient Manchester City side – and it hurt."

Hannah Pinnock

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: Mane inspires Liverpool win despite Adrian howler

17 August 2019: Liverpool have won a gruelling battle with Chelsea to secure their first silverware of the season. They are understandably weary when they travel to Southampton after a rapid turnaround, and they rely on a former Saint to spring into life. 

"The game followed a familiar pattern to Wednesday's Super Cup victory over Chelsea; Liverpool were abject in the first-half, showing nervousness as they squandered cheap possession and handed Southampton the impetus, looking weakened by the fact they'd played 120 minutes less than three days earlier.

"Then up stepped Sadio Mane.

"The former-Saints player has grown to become one of Liverpool's most important players and one of the best in Europe and a scintillating curled effort from the edge of the box dug his side out of danger before half-time. A strike of the highest order, it reinforced the idea that Sadio Mane could be in for another stellar season having matched Mohamed Salah as Golden Boot winner in 2018/19."

Leanne Prescott

The autumn

Chelsea win an excellent result, but Liverpool must improve

22 September 2019: Liverpool pass their toughest Premier League test to date by edging past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino give the Reds a first-half lead, but they are forced to cling on to their 100% record after N'Golo Kante halves the deficit. 

"An uninspiring display resulted in a win, a more regular occurrence for this Liverpool team than one might realise.

"Klopp's first years at the helm saw swings from the sublime to the ridiculous but with hindsight you can detect a marked and fruitful change in approach ahead of the 18/19 season.

"The German sacrificed a portion of the spectacular in favour of a greater efficiency, and that efficiency has now developed into a relentlessness.

"Liverpool have made a remarkable habit of finding a way to win in any circumstances."

David Comerford

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Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Resilient Reds fightback against Lilywhites to restore six-point lead at Premier League summit

27 October 2019: Liverpool are pursuing a return to winning ways after their first dropped points of the season at Old Trafford. Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah come up with crucial goals after Harry Kane puts Tottenham ahead at Anfield, but it is Fabinho who shines brightest.

"This was a win of guts and steel, holding their nerve epitomised by the standout performer Fabinho who was the hallmark of everything good from the league leaders. Liverpool's lighthouse showed the way, their very own 'Inspector Gadget' leading them on their pursuit of the Holy Grail - a first league title in 30 years."

Joshua Kerr

The Warm Down: Fabinho's importance underlined as Mane inspires late fightback

2 November 2019: Liverpool snatch a remarkable victory against Aston Villa, having trailed until the 87th minute. Andrew Robertson's equaliser is followed by Sadio Mane's winner deep into stoppage time, sending the away end at Villa Park into hysterics.

"For so long, it looked as though Liverpool’s unbeaten record in the Premier League this season was going to come tumbling down. Playing far beneath their usual imperious standard, the Reds looked shaky in defence and lacked quality in the final ball to threat Heaton’s goal. 

"Yet, as they have proved time and time again this season, just when they look like they’re beaten, Klopp’s men rise to the occasion. They find a way to get the job done even when it looks impossible."

Leanne Prescott

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Reds pull further away in title race

10 November 2019: One week later, Liverpool face a season-defining clash with Manchester City at Anfield. They had picked up only one point from a possible six against Pep Guardiola's men the previous season, ultimately costing them in an extraordinary title race. This time, they are in ruthless mood, with strikes Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane overpowering the visitors.

"Liverpool simply refuse to waver as their unbeaten run this season continues.

"Klopp will be delighted with his team's performance as the forward line punished City and the defence also put in a shift to limit the visitors to just one goal."

Hannah Pinnock

The winter

The Warm Down: Liverpool show why they are champions of the world

26 December 2019: Five days on from defeating Flamengo in the final of the Club World Cup, Liverpool are back on English soil and visiting surprise package Leicester, who have crept above Man City and into second.

The game is tipped as the possible demise of their unbeaten record, particularly after Leicester pushed them all the way in the reverse fixture, but they produce their most complete performance of the campaign and thump the Foxes 4-0. Trent Alexander-Arnold makes two and scores another in a memorable masterclass. 

"We’re running out of superlatives to use when describing the Liverpool full-back, if that is even his real position...

"The twenty-one-year-old is redefining what it means to be a right-back and with a further two assists accompanied by a goal of his own, it was the best performance of his young career to date."

Adam Doyle

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Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool: Spurs tale comes full circle as Liverpool's grip on title grows

11 January 2020: The first of three perilous fixtures in what promises to be a defining month takes Liverpool to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Roberto Firmino nudges the Reds in front against the passive hosts, but as they grow more ambitious they threaten a turnaround. Liverpool survive, and make history. 

"20 wins and 1 draw now marks the best ever start made in the first 21 games across Europe’s top five leagues. 

"Another win, another record broken. Klopp’s side may remain tight-lipped on the Premier League title, but their grip on the elusive prize continues to grow tighter."

Leanne Prescott

Liverpool 2-0 Man United: Kop sings title tune as gulf between Liverpool and United is clear

19 January 2020: Next up, it's Manchester United - the only team to have taken points off Liverpool so far. In the 93rd minute of a nervy contest, Mohamed Salah tucks the ball underneath David de Gea to secure three points and spark jubilant, expectant celebrations at Anfield. 

They proceed to move 16 points clear after a dramatic win against Wolves four days later.

"This was the day the Kop’s chorus changed from ‘Liverpool, top of the league’ to ‘We’re gonna win the league!’

"Seldom has the title destination appeared so clear in January, but as the Red juggernaut roles on, flexing its impenetrable armour while others continue to falter, it now feels like a matter of when, not if, their wait for the league title ends."

Leanne Prescott

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The Warm Down: Liverpool trio boost chances of individual accolades, but it's the team that matters

1 February 2020: The margin inflates to 22 as Liverpool turn in another contender for performance of the season against Southampton with four devastating second-half goals. 

"When Liverpool players insist publicly that they have are anything but preoccupied with achieving this recognition, there is a genuine sincerity about them.

"The media often dismiss instances of humility from footballers, and that's understandable, but now that we are witnessing the ultimate season, we have grounds to believe them...

"They are simply one of the most impressive teams ever assembled in the top leagues of European football. And this is their time."

David Comerford

The Warm Down: Liverpool invincible no more after Watford defeat

29 February 2020: Relegation-threatened Watford shred the Premier League formbook to pieces by inflicting a first defeat of the season on a feeble Liverpool. It is a stinging upset, but supporters see the bigger picture.

"To say Liverpool were not at the races against Nigel Pearson’s side would be an understatement. You could go as far as saying it was the worst performance from a Klopp side in recent memory.

"The Reds looked uninterested from minute one, with sloppy passes being a constant throughout...

"The defeat ends an unbelievable run for Klopp's men in the league and one which cements them as one of the best sides of the Premier League era."

Adam Doyle

The suspension and the restart

Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth: Reds attune to Milner's pre-match mantra despite VAR controversy 

7 March 2020: Liverpool arrested a slide which had seen them fall to three defeats in four matches across all competitions. The veteran James Milner leads the time back to winning ways with a moment of heroism. 

"But for his acrobatic intervention on the goal-line, Bournemouth would’ve stolen a point from Anfield after Ryan Fraser lobbed the ball over Adrian, who replaced the injured Alisson. 

"His pre-match address during the warmup served the ultimate reminder of his qualities as a leadership figure in the current squad, while underlining the frustrations over the club’s record form."

Leanne Prescott

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Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace: Reds one win from title after cruising past Crystal Palace

24 June 2020: 109 days on from their last victory, Liverpool showcase the full extent of their quality even without fans present at Anfield. Their spectacular display against Crystal Palace puts them on the brink of glory.

"Liverpool's return to Anfield was an explosive performance against Palace.

"This important win now means that they have one hand on the title. They need just one more win to be confirmed Premier League Champions.

"Their 30-year hiatus could be ended as soon as Thursday night should Manchester City drop points against Chelsea."

Callum Ferguson

Liverpool are the Champions of England: The moment that defined their season

26 June 2020: Only perfection will do for Manchester City as they seek to delay Liverpool's coronation. They take on Champions League-chasing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and are seemingly bound for victory after Kevin de Bruyne spectacularly cancels out a Christian Pulisic opener and a spell of immense pressure ensues.

But Chelsea emerge unscathed and City's evening unravels in one, scrambling instant which sees Fernandinho sent off and a penalty awarded. Willian scores, Chelsea win and Liverpool are champions. Their fans are left to ponder the extent of the long, long-awaited achievement.

"It feels like we’ve seen it all in these three decades. Title challenges, relegation scraps and Blackpool doing the double over the Reds.

"It’s not been easy. We’ve lost love ones along the way, people who waved the flags on the Kop and created the songs that gives you immediate goosebumps.

"Finally, after 30 years, the city of Liverpool will be the home of the Champions of England. Liverpool Red will be seen from space and what a sight it will be."

Adam Doyle

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