You thought it, I thought it, we all actually thought that this year really was going to be Liverpool’s year.
In a season where the Reds pulled in the third most points in Premier League history and saw not one but two of their attackers win the Golden Boot award, it’s crazy to think Jurgen Klopp’s side still only finished second behind Manchester City in the table.
Liverpool’s last title win – 1990
It now makes 29 years since the last time league glory was achieved in the red half of Merseyside, during that time we have seen the Internet take over the world, the population of Earth grow from 5.2 billion to 7.5 billion, and Tottenham somehow making a Champions League final.
English football was a lot different during the 1989/90 season. Teams were entering the final year of the European football ban following the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster, and Liverpool under player-manager Kenny Dalglish had been the most successful team in the country for the majority of the decade.
With players like John Barnes, Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley performing week-in-week season-by-season for the Reds, Liverpool head into the 1989/90 season looking to reclaim the Division One title after missing out on the league in the previous campaign due to a 2-0 loss against Arsenal in the final game in one of the most famous results in English football.
And just like they did in previous seasons, Liverpool got off to an electric start, losing just once in their opening 10 games and claiming an incredible 9-0 win against Crystal Palace in only the fifth match of the new campaign, with eight different goal scorers getting involved in the action.
With Arsenal, Aston Villa and Tottenham also impressing in the early stages of the season, Liverpool looked to be in a four-way race for the title, but it soon became apparent which side was likely to go all the way.
Much as to how this season panned out, Liverpool’s luck of having games in hand put pressure on the teams above them to slip up as the weeks went on, with Dalglish’s side continuing to pick up wins and keeping up the pressure with the other sides looking for a title win.
And on the 26th April, Liverpool were able to reclaim the prize they looked destined to win after a 2-1 win against QPR, securing the Division One title with two games to spare.
As we all know, it remains the last time the Reds have won the league title, and it will stay that way until Jurgen Klopp is able to break the hoodoo that has lingered at the club for nearly 30 years.
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