The “Fallen Giants”
Three of the most used nicknames to one of the most historic and famous football clubs in history. Their success was especially highlighted throughout the 70s and 90s, where they managed to claim 18 league titles, most clubs to do so at the time. However, the decline in the performance of the club began in the 2000s and 2010s, where since 1990, no league title has been added to their trophy cabinet. The “Fallen Giants” is a very common nickname to describe Liverpool’s situation. However, ever since Jurgen Klopp took over the club in 2015, things have been going uphill for the Reds. The majority of the players that brought success to Liverpool these past few seasons have all been purchased and developed under Jurgen Klopp. The likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Virgil van Dijk are three of the many exceptional players that Klopp signed as their manager. Klopp was able to bring out the full potential and chemistry of their team to success. That is why the past two seasons have been different. Liverpool has seemed to rise from the ashes, and every football fan has recognized this emergence. We are now looking at the newly improved side of Liverpool
At the beginning of the 2019/20 Premier League season, Liverpool Football Club was one of the favorites alongside Manchester City as this year’s Premier League Champions. At the end of the previous season, Liverpool finished with 97 points. Despite the tremendous amount of points, and some would consider one of their best seasons in over 20 years, they were unable to claim the Premier League trophy. Their excellent season was not enough to beat Manchester City, as they finished first with 98 points. Therefore, the two clubs were strong contenders in claiming the trophy in the following season.
Moving on to the current season, Liverpool are playing to the absolute best of their abilities. Many fans even consider the results they managed to get this season will be even better than Manchester City’s 98 points. After 29 games, they managed to gain 82 points (27W – 1D – 1L) and are 25 points clear of second place, being Manchester City. This was surely the year for the Reds. The year where they were able to add another PL trophy since 1990. To break the frustrations of the fans of not being able to see the team lifting a domestic trophy.
Then, one event that has managed to cause them to “slip up”, and that is the Covid-19 Virus. The pandemic has put a halt on many events and activities, and one of them is in sports. It caused the postponement and even cancellation of many sports activities, and the Premier League is no exception. It almost seems scripted that Liverpool are just not meant to be champions of England. Their race for the title, that was pretty much guaranteed, was forced to be on hold and was prevented due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It just almost seems to good to be true that their one clear opportunity to finally break the deadlock was prevented by something that is out of their control.
However, there is a little shine of hope as the FA is yet to make a conclusive decision on whether clubs that are first will be given the right to be crowned as champions. However, some fans and analysts argue that this decision isn’t exactly fair as there are possibilities and chances that the other teams could have won the title instead. With Liverpool’s case, having a 25 point gap to second place and not be crowned as champions… Well that is up to you how you perceive it.
Written by: Mikhail Burman