“And now you’re gonna believe us, we’ve gone and won the league.”
Liverpool fans all over the world are waking up this morning to the reality that their team has finally done it.
Liverpool FC — Premier League champions has a lovely ring to it.
For the first time in 30 years, the Reds, led by a brilliant manager in Jurgen Klopp, are the best team in England.
It’s something everyone has known for some time, but the arrival of Covid-19 threw the cat among the pigeons. When the action resumed, Kopites breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Following a star-studded display in seeing off Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday, Liverpool’s coronation was confirmed when Chelsea defeated Manchester City 24 hours later.
Cue emotion and relief, and in County Roscommon, Reds fans basked in the glory. No more slagging from Man United or Everton fans about bottling it. Liverpool’s time has finally come.
Like Gary Neville, Willie Hegarty has booked a one-way ticket to Papua New Guinea.
The tributes were led by Boyle native and actor Chris O’Dowd, a lifelong Red who placed the plaudits for Liverpool’s success firmly at the manager’s doorstep.
“I love him (Klopp) so much, like more than my friends,” tweeted O’Dowd.
Coachfinder, run by Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham and Michael Fennelly, posted: “Goosebumps #YNWA too long 30 years, belief, ruthless killer instinct, relentless! Everything you want in a team to create their own history, well done.”
Roscommon Herald columnist Noel Fallon chose to take a trip down memory lane.
“As the years passed and it looked like Jack Nicklaus had a better chance of winning a 19th title, it was easy to pinpoint the reasons why #LFC had lost their winning thread but nigh impossible to find the solution.
“Couldn’t find another manager like Paisley/Shankly or keeper like Ray Clemence, or a central defender like Hansen/Lawrenson, or behind-the-scenes genius like Peter Robinson, etc. Klopp was the catalyst. Alisson, Van Dijk and Mike Gordon were the pivotal figures who completed the transformation,” he summarised.
Former Clann na nGael and Roscommon senior footballer Eamon McManus Snr. retweeted a post from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: “And now you’re going to believe us…”
Roscommon County Board Secretary Valerie Murray described Jurgen Klopp in three words: “What a legend.”
The feeling is everything Reds fans hoped it would be, and more.