CHAMPIONS! Liverpool win Premier League to end 30-year title drought
Jun. 25, 2020
Klopp, the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool's renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.
Infusing his players with a belief in his "heavy metal" football and high-tempo "gegen-pressing" game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool's iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish.
When Dalglish led Liverpool to the title in 1990, the prize Shankly once described as the club's "bread and butter" was almost taken for granted after two decades of dominance.
Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.
They won the Champions League last season, when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.
Liverpool were pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.
But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.
It was fitting that Liverpool saved one of their most eye-catching performances for the week the title was won.
After destroying Palace, Klopp said: "Imagine if the stadium could have been full and people could have experienced that live. It would have been amazing.
"This game will last a while in my mind, this is what we want to be.
"We cannot play like other teams, but we can play pretty good stuff."
Klopp's frustration that matches are being played behind closed doors at present will fade in time.
It will be the memories left by his transcendent team that linger longest.
Historians on the Kop will surely rank this Liverpool side, also crowned Club World champions in December, alongside the 1979 and 1988 vintages as one of the greatest to wear the famous red shirt.
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