Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the triumph of their “Holy Grail” Premier League title, and Anfield’s great Ian Rush is delighted that the long wait for Liverpool is over.
The 2-1 defeat of Manchester City at Chelsea on Thursday meant that the Reds were unreachable at the top. So, Liverpool automatically won the title for the first time in 30 years, with seven games still unplayed.
Rush was a member of the championship-winning side of the 1990s and felt that, at the time, it would have been deemed absurd to say that Liverpool would not secure another top-flight title until 2020. He told BBC Radio 5 Live:
“If you’d asked me that in 1990, would that be the case, I’d have just laughed and said, ‘Don’t be stupid.’ It’s like the Holy Grail – great managers have tried and failed, and Jurgen Klopp has come and delivered and it’s absolutely amazing for the club.”
Liverpool legend Ian Rush says Premier League champions Jurgen Klopp are “right up there” with the biggest teams in the club.
Amid celebrations on Merseyside, Rush, a five-time league champion with Liverpool, said: “This is for the younger generation. The younger generation must have been fed up of their parents or their grandparents saying, ‘I remember when Liverpool won the league.’
“This younger generation can actually say now, ‘I have seen Liverpool win the league.’ And they can hopefully go on to bigger and better things.
“We’ve waited so long. At one stage you were thinking: will the season be finished?
“We got there in the end. I think it’s going to be a very, very a good few days.”
The 1970s and 1980s Liverpool teams were trophy-winning machines but Rush claims the new breed bear comparison with those sides.
“I say you can compare teams when they’ve won things and now this team have won things,” Rush said. “To break records for Liverpool Football Club they’d have to be right up there. It’s as simple as that. The stats tell you the story.”
The record for the most points accrued in a Premier League season is Manchester City’s total of 100 in the 2017-18 campaign. This record is now in Liverpool’s sights, with 15 points needed to be reached from the seven remaining games.
“If they can go on and win five of those seven games, which I think they’ll be going for as well, they’d have to be right up there,” Rush said.
And according to record Reds goal scorer Rush, after breaking a 30-year wait to win the English crown, Liverpool will be well placed to retain their title next season:
“We always got told at Liverpool that the easiest thing is winning it, the hardest thing is retaining it. I tell you what, this side is quite capable of doing that, and the next three to five years I think Liverpool are in a very good place.
“These players will become legends of Liverpool and rightly, deservedly so. Hopefully, this is just the start of things.”