It's Over, Go Home
The strangest and longest Premier League football season has concluded with Liverpool finally ending their 30 year wait for a top tier title. Anyone old enough to remember the Red Men’s dominance of English and European football during the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s would never have thought that one of the country’s football titans would have to wait so long to be crowned champions of England again. And we all watched it unfold at home instead of being in the stands and on the terraces where football fans belong. It’s all been a bit weird, hasn’t it?
When their title finally came to pass, Liverpool absolutely smashed the league, winning by 18 points. Lockdown meant they had to wait several weeks to wrap things up but the league was won long before any of us had ever imagined that we’d now be living in this “new normal”. Jurgen Klopp must surely be considered one of the great managers in English football having already won a Champions League and now overcoming the financial might and squad quality of the previously dominant Manchester City.
Manchester United secured an unlikely third place finish on the last day of the season, edging out an unfortunate Leicester City who had sat in the top 4 places for much of the season. What does next season hold for a club that is in danger of replicating Liverpool’s barren spell if they continue to overspend on underachieving signings? Chelsea join them in the Champions League next season with a young squad and manager who may have actually benefitted from their enforced transfer ban.
Outside of the top 4, Jose Mourinho worked his own, special brand of magic to nick a Europa League spot while Wolves wait for the outcome of the FA Cup final to find out whether they will be playing in Europe next season.
Down at the bottom, Aston Villa were this season’s last minute men, somehow escaping the drop while Watford and Bournemouth’s nightmare finishes saw them joining the already doomed Norwich on the way down to the Championship.
Another football titan, Leeds United, will be back in the Premier League next season after an astonishing 16 year gap, while West Brom will also be there having fallen over the line to claim the second place that nobody seemed to want!
The new season is only 6 weeks away. The players will enjoy some down time after a manic few weeks of matches to get this season done and dusted. Who knows what 2020/21 will bring. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get back to watching our teams up close. Football without the fans isn’t the same.
Let’s also hope that we’ve seen the last of those flipping water breaks (timeouts!).