Liverpool not the greatest Premier League team but give them time

By July 20, 2020

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will lift the Premier League trophy after their final home match against Chelsea on Wednesday. It will confirm Liverpool as the winner of the Premier League for the very first time. They will be champions of England in 30 years, a lifetime.

Invariably, the conversations have already begun about whether this team will be considered among the great teams and whether they can defend the title, they have waited three decades to win.

Liverpool last won the division title in 1990, the same year I began working at the Gleaner and two years before the formation of the Premier League. Since that time, I got married twice and divorced once. I worked at the Gleaner for 14 years before leaving.

I migrated, ran a newspaper in St Maarten and then returned to Jamaica more than a decade ago.  Throw in four years at Sportsmax and you have an idea of how long I have waited to see Liverpool win the Premier League.

I literally shed tears when they fell short by two points in 2014 but by last year when they finished second by a point, I was jaded.

97 points! Those would have won the title in any other year except 2018 and last year. I was honestly beginning to wonder if Liverpool would ever win the league.

Thankfully, this season has been spectacular. Liverpool has scored 93 points with two games to go. Three losses this season, two of them coming after the protracted break caused by the pandemic and one coming after the title was won and there was nothing left to play for.

If Liverpool beat Chelsea and Newcastle, the team will close the season on 99 points, one shy of the remarkable record of 100 set by Manchester City two seasons ago and still, people question the team’s greatness.

Will Liverpool be ranked alongside the Manchester United teams from about 2005 to 2009? No, not yet. I think they will have to win at least one more league title and perhaps an FA Cup before we can have that conversation. Hey, I wouldn’t mind them winning the Champions League for a seventh time, four more than our nearest rivals, Manchester United. Then it would not be a conversation anymore.

Will they be considered as great at the Chelsea champions under Jose Mourinho? One more title and they are right there.

Notwithstanding all that, it is clear that this Liverpool team is already a great team in its own right. This season they became the first English team to hold the Champions League trophy, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League trophy simultaneously.

The team has heart, grit, the stuff of which champions are made.

This is a team that suffered a heart-breaking 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Champions League final of 2018, only to rebound and to win it in 2019. This after, coming back from 3-0 down in a tie against Barcelona in the semi-final. The 4-0 demolition of Barcelona at Anfield in the return leg is already the stuff of legend.

Also in 2019, they lost the league by a single point having amassed an incredible 97 points but again bounced back to win the league and will possibly do so by scoring more points than they did the previous season.

All this while leading last season’s champions, Manchester City, a team many consider to be the greatest Premier League side, by more than 20 points most of the way.

They are one of two teams to score 90-plus points in consecutive seasons. Only Manchester City can boast to have won more points – 100 and 98 in consecutive seasons.

This Liverpool team might not be the greatest Premier League team in history, yet, but give it time.  

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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