Time to shine like 1989

Three decades. 30 years without a league title for Liverpool, but could that be about to change under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp?

The Reds fans will be patiently waiting for the arrival of the 2019/20 campaign, growing quietly confident that they can lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s history. The last time Liverpool won the league was back in the 1989-90 season when it was called ‘Division One’. 

Under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish, the red half of Merseyside finished top of the pile, accumulating 79 points over the course of the season. Bizarrely, if you compare that tally to what Liverpool racked up last season (97), it’s 18 points worse off. A mirror reflection with 79 and 97, could that be the universe’s way of telling Liverpool it is going to be their year on the 30th anniversary of winning the league? Time will tell.

During the 1989-90 campaign, Liverpool recorded an extraordinary 9-0 home win against Crystal Palace. To replicate a similar scoreline next season would take something special, but with a trio as deadly as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, never say never – especially at Anfield. Both Mane and Salah finished joint-top goalscorers in the Premier League last season on 22 goals, sharing the award with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In Liverpool’s title winning season under Dalglish, John Barnes also netted 22 times in the league – coincidence?

The Reds suffered five defeats during the 1989/90 season, which compares to their one defeat last season against Manchester City, the eventual champions. Liverpool and City are the only teams with realistic chances of going unbeaten in the 2019/20 league season, and if you fancy Klopp’s side to do so, check out to find the best apps for betting on football as Liverpool are priced at a massive 25/1 with some bookmakers.

It has taken a while, but Liverpool are finally becoming the formidable outfit they once were – not just in attack, but defensively, also. The addition of Virgil Van Dijk for a world-record transfer fee for a defender (£75m) has paid dividends in more ways than Klopp ever imagined. The colossal Netherlands defender was imperative to Liverpool’s success last season as the Reds kept a staggering 21 clean sheets in the Premier League. Astonishingly, the 28-year-old centre back was not dribbled past the entirety of the league campaign, a remarkable statistic that will go down in the history books.

After the glory and success of the Champions League last season, every Liverpool fan will be brimming with optimism and excitement for what the 2019/20 campaign holds. Klopp has brought the identity of Liverpool back; a club full of passion, desire and quality. The players exceeded every single expectation last season, which reflected in the ambience around Liverpool and ‘feel good factor’. The Reds faithful have waited for so long, and finally they are competing at the top once again. 

This is not just a temporary placement – far from it. Liverpool are here for the long haul, and with the philosophy of Klopp coupled with the array of talent among the squad, the future looks exceedingly bright. Pep Guardiola’s side will take some beating if the Reds are to lift the Premier League title, but if one man is capable of doing it, it’s the aforementioned Klopp. 

Times are changing on Merseyside. The identity is back, the buzz is back, the Reds are back. This is the most competitive team Liverpool have inherited for years, and they are capable of producing magic upon magic, year after year. It would be a shock if the red half of Merseyside did not grasp their hands on the Premier League trophy within the next few years, let alone within the next 30 years…

Written by Alan Spencer


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