Liverpool v Wolves: Premier League – live!

The last time Liverpool won the title on the final day of the season was in 1986, when they needed to beat Chelsea to hold of Everton’s surge. Hugh McIlvanney was at Stamford Bridge to see them do it. Here’s how he started his report:

How the Observer reported Liverpool’s 1986 title win.
How the Observer reported Liverpool’s 1986 title win. Photograph: The Observer

Those two great Bills, Shakespeare and Shankly, would agree: Liverpool continue to bestride the narrow world of English football like a colossus.

That big noun was a favourite with the founding father of the Anfield club’s recent greatness and had he still been with us he would surely have invoked it yesterday in honour of Kenny Dalglish.

No player-manager in the history of the game has ever taken more credit from a success than Dalglish does from the winning of the eighth Championship Liverpool have collected in the last 11 years. It was appropriate that he should crown his first extraordinary season in an extraordinary job by thwarting the title challenge of the old enemy on Merseyside, Everton, with a goal whose conception and execution represented his super talent at its finest.

And here is that goal (and great footage of that day, along with cars parked behind one of the Stamford Bridge goals):

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Something new to look at on the way to Anfield today: a mural of Ian Rush, scorer of 346 Liverpool goals, winner of five league titles and former owner of an excellent moustache.

A mural of Liverpool legend Ian Rush.
A mural of Liverpool legend Ian Rush near Anfield. Photograph: Jon Super/AP

Hello world!

So the day of truth has arrived. Liverpool almost certainly won’t win the title today, but from here:

The league table as it stood on 2 January
The league table as it stood on 2 January Photograph: The Guardian

To here:

This morning’s Premier League table.
This morning’s Premier League table. Photograph: The Observer

Has been a wild and thrilling ride, in which four points have been dropped from a possible 51, and if there is to be one more twist in the tale today it will be the stuff of instant legend. The very possibility, however slender, is enough to make this afternoon unmissable. Thanks for choosing to unmiss it with me.

Here’s Will Unwin on Liverpool:

It is little surprise that Jürgen Klopp is enjoying the time of his life as he prepares to lead Liverpool into a season-defining week. The German has the exciting possibility of lifting the Premier League and Champions League in the space of six days. Real Madrid are the opposition in Paris next Saturday but Manchester City stand in the way of Klopp and Liverpool first, and the challenge is an exciting one for a man who has already won one Premier League and two Bundesliga titles. The weekly battle to match Pep Guardiola’s side is keeping Klopp invigorated, knowing he and his team have been consistently at their best.

Klopp knows the pain of 2018-19 when City pipped Liverpool to top spot. Once again it goes down to the final day of the season, with Liverpool realistically needing to beat Wolves and for City to drop points against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. “I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few exciting times,” Klopp said. “If you ask my missus she asks why [does it] always go down to the last match. It happens incredibly often. It’s the most exciting because seeing how good the boys are and seeing the steps that we’ve made and just two games to go. It’s unbelievable. It feels like five minutes ago it was seven games. Now, wham, here we go to two finals.”

Much more here:

The Guardian