On May 1, 1990, the day of Liverpool’s last league title, Captain Jordan Henderson was yet to be born: he would arrive in the world on June 17. Among the players used by Jurgen Klopp for this season’s Magical Liverpool Tour – 28 wins, 2 draws with Manchester United and Everton, a defeat against Watford, 70 goals scored and 21 conceded – only one could have a vague reminder of the eighteenth English title of the Reds: James Milner, who at the time was four and a half years old but was already a fan of the Leeds United. The coach with a smile, on the other hand, would have spent the summer celebrating the World Cup won by Germany and passing by the amateurs of Rot-Weiss Frankfurt to Mainz, the team that made his fortune first as a modest footballer and then as a technical superlative.
Thirty years ago Liverpool’s party broke out under the Kop: 1-0 victory over Derby County, on the penultimate day, to definitively detach Aston Villa. To give a big hand to Kenny Dalglish, an idol turned into coach, were the 22 goals of John Barnes and the 18 of Ian Rush. Now the arithmetic arrived through a third party: Chelsea has stopped Manchester City from Pep Guardiola (2-1)and Liverpool won the title 7 rounds earlier. A monstrous undertaking even if, in times of coronavirus, the celebration was not what it could have been after such a long wait.
The Liverpool thirty years ago he was very British, this a multinational in the face of Brexit. Bostonian property (just don’t tell the fans of Rome to whom James Pallotta touched), German coach, African bomber (Salah 17 and Man 15), Brazilian goalkeeper (Alisson). With the Japanese Minamino, arrived in January, four continents are represented.
Can the Reds open what the Anglo-Saxons call a dynasty? Under Klopp they won Champions League, Intercontinental and that league that had been missing for an eternity. The team has an average age that guarantees experience and freshness, full of leaders but all ready to recognize the dominance of their coach and his idea of the game. The Manchester City been the rival of the last few seasons, but does not draw good air from the parts of the Etihad Stadium, all the more if Uefa will be hard on disqualification in Champions League. The danger on the horizon could be Chelsea, who, under the leadership of Frankie Lampard junior, is building a team with a great future, full of talent and youth.
And if the final question for whom they cheered i Beatles, because when it comes to Liverpool it’s impossible not to mention them. the answer that the only truly football fan was John Lennon. And John was from the Reds, not like Paul McCartney, shy Everton fan.
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