Beginning Of The End
LIVERPOOL 3-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED |
SALAH, FIRMINO, SOLANKE
LEICESTER 2-4 LIVERPOOL |
MANE, SOLANKE, GOMEZ, MAHREZ OG
LIVERPOOL 1-0 WEST HAM |
LIVERPOOL p0-0 WATFORD |
BURNLEY 1-2 LIVERPOOL |
As you can see April has been a sublime month. Forgetting the UCL quarter finals in either side of the Newcastle game we had a 100% record in the premier league/cup competitions.
Of course we started with Newcastle where we would go up against former Liverpool manager and friend to the club Rafa Benitez who seems to have somewhat of a length record when it comes to helping Liverpool out. (Thanks for spanking Chelsea Raf x)
Heading into this month we knew the run in was all but upon us and nothing other than a win in every game would do for us, and for me. We wanted to blow this league out of the water and we start off well by smashing the Toon 3-1 at Anfield.
All of a sudden, a message pops up in my inbox. The run in. The only 'top' side in ours being Chelsea. A game we all saw as a must win, more for the bragging rights really, but that would come at a later date. First we had Leicester away from home while Arsenal would take on Newcastle. United, Swansea. And Manchester City, Brighton.
We came out with a rather convincing win having seen a flurry of goals go in from Solanke and the like. United won rather convincingly, City did too. Arsenal though...Arsenal had lost to Newcastle. At a time where we really needed it most.
Then came West ham who we would play on the very same date of the Manchester Derby. If we won, this would be a win/win situation. Someone was going to drop points here, maybe even both.
The good news was that the team we wanted to drop points more so than the other did just that. News had flurried in at Anfield of City's terrible defeat. Terrible defeat for them anyway. For the first time in probably forever Anfield had become a supporter of United and they did just what we needed.
The who else but that Egyptian king to break the hearts of City and Arsenal fans all around, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win. So so close to the title now. We've got one hand on it!
Before we could get our hands on that trophy though, Wembley awaited us for a second time this year.
Watford would be our opponents and all that stood in our way of getting to the FA Cup final. The day before, United beat Chelsea in the opposite semi meaning we would have to play them a 6th time if we got there.
The only exciting thing in this one was our defense. Watford couldnt break through, neither could we. In attack were abysmal. Unfortunately for the travelling Liverpool fans we couldnt treat them to an exciting game, but I think we all know they've had their fair share in recent years anyway. They were probably glad for this.
Extra time spun on and without a goal in site, it was penalties. Trust Milner stepped up for the first, slots it home. Deeney the second, cool as you like. The next two were Cutrone and Carillo who both scored tying it up 2-2. Arnold took our 3rd and half of Wembley cheered the young boy as it nestled into the top bag.
Chalobah stepped up and missed the first of the shootout, and who else would you want on the next one other than Salah? Who made no mistake in making it 4-2.
That was it, Watford had to score. Kabasele steps up...MISSES! The Liverpool fans erupt as the realization that an FA Cup final beckons hit home. What a result!
Now the one we were all waiting for. Here we go then.
Everyone knew that we could win the league here if results went our way, meaning with a few games left to do it the title was now all but ours. Arsenal had won the day before, City had drawn, United had drawn.
Salah kicked off proceedings with a lovely one two and finish with Firmino in the 40th minute. The away fans were going mental.
As the game drew on, hope was starting to dissipate for the Burnley fans who needed a result here to achieve survival but at the expense of the clarets Liverpool would go on to FINALLY WIN THE LEAGUE as SALAH the main man, the man who brought us here today finished our opponents off in the 75th minute, an 89th minute goal for Burnley just wasn't enough!
LIVERPOOL ARE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
Player Of The Month
Dominic Solanke gets my vote once again for even more outstanding performances in front of goal bagging two against Newcastle and Leicester. He's been on fire of late and has kept Cutrone out of the team quite a bit really.
The English lad has gelled really well this season and I'm glad to finally say that all my doubts have now disappeared. He will be in this team over the returning Origi next season.
Thoughts On The Report
Simply wow. Wow. We've won the league. Something I didn't expect to be saying at the start of the season. I can't quite believe it myself but finally we are here, and it's good to read "19 times" after all these years.
Thanks to Firmino, Mane, Henderson, Arnold...The whole team and most importantly Salah, we are the top team in England for the first time in 28 years oh does it feel good.
Whatever comes next, this team will go down as legends. Bring on Man United in May. We want our revenge.