“I watch the game not to prepare a celebration but we play City a week later and also Chelsea,” said Jurgen Klopp, when asked if he had any special plans for Chelsea vs Manchester City. “This game is a really important game to watch for plenty of reasons. Whatever happens tomorrow night we have no influence on it so I have no interest. It will happen when it happens.”
Initially, it sounded like a barefaced lie, but in fact the Liverpool boss was telling the truth.
That’s because it wasn’t until Thursday morning after his side’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace that Klopp decided his squad should get together, as this was potentially their destiny.
“This [Thursday] morning we thought about it, shall we do something and then we thought maybe not compulsory, the boys have to drive a little bit… and then I said, ‘No, we have to make it compulsory, everybody has to be there’ because I am more experienced and I know who will stay at home and watch it alone will regret it for the rest of his life,” an emotional Klopp said after his team were crowned champions.
“So, we came here together, it is our bubble, it is the people who are with us everyday, we are all twice-a-week tested so we are fine since we can train again and it’s a nice moment.”
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“We’re not in a house,” said title-winning captain Jordan Henderson, when quizzed by Jake Humphrey on Liverpool’s whereabouts.
It wasn’t until after the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge that videos began to emerge from the secret Merseyside location.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the first to leak footage showing the Liverpool squad celebrating Willian’s second-half penalty that etched their name on the trophy.
Twitter new boy Dejan Lovren couldn’t resist but post a few risky tweets, testing the patience of supporters who feared the Croatian was about to let them down once again.
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The countdown then started as referee Stuart Atwell checked his watch with 96 minutes on the clock.
Andy Robertson took a big gulp from his bottle of beer for good measure as Adam Lallana could barely contain his excitement, he knew he was signing off as a Premier League champion.
Liverpool were then jumping for joy as chants of “Championies,” belted out from the mystery courtyard.
Shortly after, Sky Sports and BT Sport summoned Klopp and Henderson for interviews, which appeared to take place over Zoom on two computers upstairs.
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Meanwhile Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield to celebrate their Premier League title
Virgil van Dijk’s interview was rudely interrupted by several members of the Liverpool squad who danced with scarves and sprayed champagne all over the Dutchman’s trademark man bun.
Youngsters Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams were pinching themselves in the background as Naby Keita shouted “Yes lad!”
In the other room, Henderson welcomed the noisy background interruption after being reduced to tears as he described his pride and delight at delivering something that even Steven Gerrard could not.
Klopp was in tears too as he was congratulated by Sir Kenny Dalglish. The Scot has battled the coronavirus and served up a touching tribute to the current Liverpool boss for the way he has turned doubters into believers and then sky-high achievers.
The German was forced to walk away from the screen after telling Anfield legend Graeme Souness that “he never thought it would feel like this.”
While television coverage quietened, the party was only just getting started in Liverpool as thousands of supporters gathered outside Anfield with flares.
Players began to share videos of the scenes and in typical Robertson fashion, the left-back replied to Liverpool’s official Twitter account with “no” after they asked “Not going to sleep tonight, are we?”
He was still up tweeting at 3:26am: “At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold arguably stole the show on Friday morning by posting a video of his team-mates dancing to Robin S’s ’90’s classic – Show Me Love.
The squad were donning red and gold ‘Champions 19-20’ shirts, which were specially printed by the club for the inevitable.
Top scorer Mohamed Salah offered another reason to celebrate, committing his future to Liverpool as he dedicated the triumph to the club’s supporters: “Yes. It feels THAT good. I want to thank all our supporters watching us from all corners of the world. You made this possible for us and I hope we can keep bringing you the joy you deserve.”
While footage, selfies and stories will continue to emerge, Liverpool ensured this was a night they will never forget and next year they will bid to do it all over again but this time with their supporters.
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