With Jurgen Klopp in tears, a new Liverpool hymn, and the promise of immortality on the horizon, the night beckoned.
It was the moment that Liverpool fans all across the world had been hoping for and dreaming about for three decades.
Most clubs would consider the trophies that arrived at Anfield between the 18th top flight league championship in 1990 and what became the holy grail of the 19th thirty years later – namely, two Champions League titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, and two Charity Shields – to be more than adequate, and in some cases, a golden era.
However, Liverpool FC is not like the majority of clubs. The dynasty, which began with Bill Shankly in 1959 and was further extended by Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, and Kenny Dalglish, established the Reds as England’s most successful team, and was built on Shankly’s description of the league title as “our bread and butter.”
For all the glory and prestige of Liverpool’s continental conquests, it was the club’s continued dominance of domestic league competition that ensured the Reds remained the country’s top club for so long, with 13 top-flight titles won between 1964 and 1990 putting the Reds way ahead of nearest rivals Everton and Arsene Wenger with 18 in total.
Kenny Dalglish’s champions of 1989/90 were never likely to be included in the pantheon of Anfield’s greatest sides, but they appeared to cope with the emotional weight of the previous season’s events and went on to win the First Division by a comfortable nine points, with a shock FA Cup semi-final defeat denying them a shot at the then-hallowed Double.
There was little on the surface to suggest the club’s longest title drought was about to end, but six months into their title defence in February 1991, Kenny Dalglish resigned as team manager due to the unbearable pressure he had been under in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, combined with his own and the club’s relentless drive to be successful.
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