Saturday, May 18, 2024

A Liverpool Fan’s Reaction To Becoming Premier League Champions

Liverpool are Premier League Champions. After a 30 year wait, the Reds are once again Champions of England.

No-one would have thought after the win over QPR that secured the 1990 league title that the wait for the next one would come so many years later.

Liverpool winning their 18th league title in 1990

I was born in 1995 and became a Liverpool fan pretty much since my Dad sat me down and told me all about the team he supports.

As a Liverpool fan born five years after the eighteenth league title, i have spent my whole life wanting to see my team lift the Premier League and get that nineteenth league title.

There have been so many near misses. Whilst I have seen my team win two Champions League finals, one FA Cup and one League Cup, the holy grail for myself along with many other fans was seeing that Premier League trophy be lifted.

Steven Gerrard lifting the Champions League trophy in 2005.

There have been many near misses

I had to sit throughout my whole childhood watching my Manchester United supporting brother see his team win league title after league title.

There was the 2008-09 season where we had a good lead at Christmas but were outdone by a brilliant Manchester United team. I remember being completely heartbroken when Federico Macheda scored the winner against Aston Villa.

Then there was the 2013-14 season where it appeared that my childhood hero was going to finally lift that trophy and i was going to see us win the Premier League.

A 3-2 win over Manchester City secured a big win over our title rivals. A win against Norwich at Carrow Road followed before we came up against Chelsea at Anfield.

Phillipe Coutinho after scoring the winner over Manchester City.

It is certainly my least favourite football game of all time. I had to endure seeing my idol slip which allowed Demba Ba to score and Chelsea to subsequently dent our title hopes. This game was the closest i came to full on tears in a football match.

We would also come close last season. We secured the third highest points tally in Premier League history (97) but still lost out to Manchester City.

Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 on the final day but it wasnt enough to secure the title.

Some felt that this was an indication we would never win the Premier League. The Champions League win helped us forget what had happened in the league and focus on a brilliant achievement in winning our sixth European Cup. However, the Premier League was still the number one target.

This season I have been through one of the best footballing seasons i have experienced and have experienced one of the best teams i have seen in my lifetime watching English football.

Now we have finally done it. This means so much to myself, my dad and any other Liverpool fan out there.

Seeing the fans congregate outside the stadium confirmed it was real and i wasn’t dreaming.

Liverpool fans celebrating the title outside Anfield last night.

I have had many actual dreams about seeing Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League and now it will become a reality.

There will be many a tear shed and i am sure to be one of those.

Years and years of near misses, almost going into liquidation in 2010 and seeing many of our best players leave have been bitter pills to swallow. First there was Michael Owen, then there was Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.

Then we had to see Luis Suarez after the best individual season I have seen at the club. Then there was the heartbreak of the Steven Gerrard departure. Philippe Coutinho also said goodbye in January 2018.

Suarez scored 31 goals and recorded 17 assists in the Premier League during the 2013-14 season.

There have been many downs and many ups as a Liverpool fan but this will top it for me.

Whilst there will not be fans in the stadiums, there will be fans no doubt congregating outside the stadium. There will be the open top bus parade which will happen at some point but I imagine when it is safe to do so. I will make sure that I am there for it.

I have been dreaming of this moment my whole life and it is finally going to happen. I could not be happy and i am excited for what happens next in this great football club’s future.

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