Lampard’s Chelsea bested Pep’s City yesterday evening in a thrilling and enthralling affair.
The implications of the loss ring through not just all of England, but the whole world.
Liverpool are Premier League Champions.
After a 30-year long wait, Liverpool have won the English top-flight once again. The tale of Jurgen Klopp’s relentless Reds will surely be told for decades to come.
Proud and predatory, Jurgen’s buccaneering Reds pillaged the land for points aplenty, barely being scratched along the way. From the cold North to the sunny South to the lowly Midlands, Liverpool plundered the land for points in a relentless pursuit for glory.
It was only fitting that the title should be decided in the capital. On a hot London night, under the Stamford Bridge lights, Chelsea just needed a point against the defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool would be crowned champions.
This wasn’t the first time Chelsea had been tasked with the burden of being crown bearers. Four years ago on a famous Monday night, the Blues were in a similar situation against Spurs.
Leicester were on the cusp of a historic title win, and Chelsea handed them the crown after Eden Hazard’s supreme strike sank Spurs spirits and secured the Foxes fairytale.
Four years on and the young man signed to fill the magisterial Belgian’s boots at the bridge was set to repeat that feat. Christian Pulisic pounced on a loose ball after a lapse in communication at the halfway line, beat Mendy with pace and guile, and swept home a sublime finish to establish a Chelsea lead.
City had to respond, and respond they did. Pep sent on Jesus and Silva, an oxymoron in itself, but with immediate impact. After Riyad Mahrez was fouled on the edge of the box, Kevin De Bruyne stepped up to take responsibility for the Deadball.
A steely look in his eyes, He stepped back, then stepped forward and caressed the ball into the back of the net in a manner only those who have total mastery over a football can execute.
The Champions were not letting go of their crown just yet. They pushed and pushed but Chelsea just wouldn’t give. Perhaps spurred on by their own Champions League qualification ambitions, Lampard’s men simply refused to lie down and let be.
Buoyed on by their quest for a top-four finish, Chelsea set out to find a winning goal. They very nearly had one when Pulisic rounded the keeper and attempted to slide the ball into the back of the net but Kyle Walker in a characteristic burst of pace and guts cleared the ball off the line. Not done yet.
Chelsea kept at their task, picking their moments to get forward superbly and executing their counter-attacking strategy masterfully. City were slipping and the hosts were ready to pounce. After yet another counter-attack, Willian fed Abraham and the striker’s effort was stopped on the line yet again.
The fine margins seemed to be going City’s way until technology intervened. VAR spotted Fernandinho handling the ball, he was sent off, and a Chelsea penalty was awarded. The security cameras had done their job, the rest was up to the home-owners.
Up stepped Willian, and much like the situation four years prior, a Chelsea number 10 decided the fate of the champions. The Brazillian scored, and Merseyside roared.
Lightning had struck twice, Chelsea had done it again, dethroning Manchester City and coronating Jurgen’s reds.
Congratulations @LFC, worthy Premier League champions this season. 👏
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 25, 2020
The Blues drew the blood that confirmed Liverpool’s status as Premier League royalty, and for the first time since 1990 Anfield’s Kop can proudly belt out the chorus “We’ve won the league, We’ve won the league”.
Liverpool have won the league.