19th league title has been sealed by Jurgen Klopp’s men for the club with a remark of seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points floating at random.
On Wednesday Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 destruction of Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Their 28th win in 31 league games this season prompted Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to proclaim “this is our time to win the league” then 24 hours later his wish came ture.
Liverpool got the favour they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Willian’s 78th minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.
Liverpool have clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.
It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has been suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.
Liverpool spent years in the shadow of arch-rivals Manchester United during the Alex Ferguson era before being left behind by the massive spending of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Then managed by Brendan Rodgers, they notoriously lavish a golden opportunity to win the title in 2014 when Reds captain Steven Gerrard made his costly slip in a late-season defeat against Chelsea.
But Klopp’s team are deserved champions after an incredible campaign that could end in record-breaking style.
Liverpool, who are now one title behind Manchester United’s English record haul of 20, are on course to beat Manchester City’s record points total of 100 set in 2017/18.
Klopp’s men could smash the record for the biggest winning margin, set by City when they finished 19 points clear at the top in that same season.
They are also within touching distance of the most victories in a Premier League season — 32 by City in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title.